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Research on Thermoelectric Materials and Devices: New Advances in Improving Thermoelectric Efficiency

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Electronic Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2024 | Viewed by 152

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Materials Science Department, University of Patras, Patras, Greece
Interests: Thermoelectricity; electrical and thermal transport properties; electron-phonon coupling; phonon-drag effect; semiconductor heterostructures (i.e., quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots); carbon nanotubes; graphene; theory and simulations.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The design of thermoelectric materials with improved efficiency in order to convert heat into electricity and vice versa has attracted a great deal of theoretical and experimental research interest in the last two decades. Fundamentally understanding the mechanisms that govern heat and carrier transport is the key to producing high-performance thermoelectric devices with cooling and power generation applications.

The efficiency of energy conversion is measured by the dimensionless figure of merit ZT, which is the product of the square of thermopower,  electrical conductivity and temperature divided by the thermal conductivity.  Good thermoelectric materials are those with ZT > 3 at room temperature. In principle, ZT can be increased by increasing the thermopower and electrical conductivity and by reducing the thermal conductivity. However, the interrelations between the above transport coefficients make their independent variation a challenging task. 

The aim of this Special Issue is to present new developments in the optimization of ZT by tuning the electron or/and phonon transport properties of both inorganic and organic semiconductors. Theoretical and experimental studies on materials of reduced dimensionality (2D, 1D, and 0D) are particularly encouraged.  Emphasis is given to band-gap engineering, the control of electron and phonon scattering mechanisms, and electron–phonon coupling (i.e., phonon-drag effect). This Special Issue will include both full research and review papers.

Dr. Margarita Tsaousidou
Guest Editor

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  • thermoelectric materials
  • thermoelectric efficiency
  • optimization of ZT
  • electron transport
  • phonon transport
  • thermopower
  • thermal conductivity
  • electron–phonon coupling
  • phonon-drag effect

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