Special Issue "Thermoelectric Nanomaterials"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2017).
Interests: nanophononics; lattice dynamics and phonon transport; thermoelectrics; spectroscopy and inelastic light scattering; novel material development and characterization
CNR-Istituto Nanoscienze, Piazza San Silvestro 12, 56127 Pisa, Italy
Interests: quantum transport in nanowire and graphene devices; thermoelectric physics in nanostructures
Thermoelectric devices can impact the energy issue because they can be used to convert waste heat into useful electrical energy. Thermoelectrics for energy harvesting necessitates the discovery of materials with high power factor S2σ and low thermal conductivity κ. But, these two properties are usually interdependent and difficult to tune separately. Nanostructured materials are key for future thermoelectric devices because they may make it possible to decouple these parameters. The electron confinement and, consequently, the quantization of the carrier energy in one or more directions are predicted to enhance the power factor of 2D and 1D structures due to the modification of the electron density of states that has asymmetric shape near the Fermi energy. Simultaneously, a decrease of the lattice component of thermal conductivity with respect to the bulk material is expected due to the increased phonon-boundary scattering.
This Special Issue will present comprehensive research outlining progress on the synthesis of nanostructured and nanoscale materials to improve the thermoelectric performance and on the development in of methods for the investigation of the thermoelectric properties at the nanoscale.
We invite authors to contribute original research articles and review articles covering the current progress on nanostructured thermoelectric materials. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
Thin films and thin film superlattices for thermoelectric applications
One-dimensional thermoelectric nanomaterials
Nanocomposite Thermoelectric Materials
Phonon transport in nanostructures
Nanoscale thermoelectric devices
Prof. Dr. Ilaria Zardo
Dr. Stefano Roddaro
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