Special Issue "Novel Thermoelectric Nanomaterials, Thin Films, and Devices"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Amir Pakdel
Guest Editor
School of Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, Ireland
Interests: nanomaterials; nanocomposites; energy and environment; thermoelectricity; surfaces and interfaces; materials characterization; electron microscopy; additive manufacturing
Dr. David Berthebaud
Guest Editor
CNRS-Saint Gobain-NIMS, UMI 3629, Laboratory for Innovative Key Materials and Structures (LINK), National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, 305-0044, Japan
Interests: materials science; inorganic chemistry; energy; multidisciplinary

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In order to meet the ever-increasing energy demands of our societies in a climate-friendly fashion, we must continue to develop the present energy harvesting and recycling systems while looking for new sustainable solutions. In this regard, the thermoelectric effect can be exploited to convert the large amounts of wasted heat generated in our fossil fuel-based economy (factories, houses, automobiles, etc.) into useful electric power. However, the low efficiency and high cost of conventional thermoelectric materials in conjunction with the poor production scalability of thermoelectric devices have impeded their mass deployment thus far.

Using low-dimensional inorganic materials and hybrids with conductive organic molecules/polymers in thin films or bulk forms has proven to be a promising approach towards enhancing the thermoelectric properties of materials and improving the efficiency of thermoelectric devices. However, the implementation of nanomaterials into large-sized real devices is a common challenge in all areas of science and technology. Major issues to be addressed include nanomaterial toxicity as well as the adaptability, scalability, flexibility, and mechanical robustness of the final devices. Toward this end, our Special Issue seeks to contribute to the thermoelectric energy-harvesting agenda through the most recent scientific and cross-disciplinary findings on the nanoengineering of thermoelectric materials and modification of thermoelectric devices. We are inviting papers covering innovative scientific/technical developments, reviews, case studies, and analytical/assessment articles from all relevant disciplines.

Prof. Amir Pakdel
Dr. David Berthebaud
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • inorganic thermoelectric nanomaterials & nanocomposites
  • organic/polymeric thermoelectric materials
  • thermoelectric hybrids and nanostructured bulks;
  • thermoelectric thin films;
  • flexible thermoelectric devices;
  • nanoengineering of thermoelectric generators and coolers;
  • simulation of novel thermoelectric systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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