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Advanced Thermoelectrics

Materials, Contacts, Devices, and Systems, 1st Edition

Edited by Zhifeng Ren, Yucheng Lan, Qinyong Zhang

CRC Press

790 pages

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This book provides an overview on nanostructured thermoelectric materials and devices, covering fundamental concepts, synthesis techniques, device contacts and stability, and potential applications, especially in waste heat recovery and solar energy conversion. The contents focus on thermoelectric devices made from nanomaterials with high thermoelectric efficiency for use in large scale to generate megawatts electricity.

  • Covers the latest discoveries, methods, technologies in materials, contacts, modules, and systems for thermoelectricity.
  • Addresses practical details of how to improve the efficiency and power output of a generator by optimizing contacts and electrical conductivity.
  • Gives tips on how to realize a realistic and usable device or module with attention to large scale industry synthesis and product development.

Prof. Zhifeng Ren is M. D. Anderson Professor in the Department of Physics and the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston.

Prof. Yucheng Lan is an associate professor in Morgan State University.

Prof. Qinyong Zhang is a professor in the Center for Advanced Materials and Energy at Xihua University of China.

Table of Contents

Series Preface

Preface

Editors

Contributors

Part I Thermoelectric Materials

Chapter 1 Introduction to Thermoelectric Materials, Contacts, Devices, and Systems

Zhifeng Ren, Yucheng Lan, and Qinyong Zhang

Chapter 2 Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials

Koen Vandaele, Joseph P. Heremans, Yiming Zhou, Li-Dong Zhao, Huaizhou Zhao, Zhifeng Ren, Machhindra Koirala, and Stephen R. Boona

Chapter 3 Materials for Near-Room Temperatures

Weishu Liu, Yucheng Lan, Jiehe Sui, Zihang Liu, and Zhifeng Ren

Chapter 4 IV–VI Compounds for Medium Temperatures

Qian Zhang, Yu Xiao, Li-Dong Zhao, Eyob Chere, Zhifeng Ren, Xiao Zhang, Cheng Chang, and E. M. Levin

Chapter 5 Thermoelectric Sb-Based Skutterudites for Medium Temperatures

Gerda Rogl, Andriy Grytsiv, Ernst Bauer, and Peter Rogl

Chapter 6 Mg2BIV for Medium Temperatures

Tiejun Zhu, Guanting Yu, Xinbing Zhao, Weishu Liu, Zhifeng Ren, Johannes de Boor, and Udara Saparamadu

Chapter 7 Ca1−xYbxMg2Bi2 and Ca1−xYbxZn2Sb2-Related 1–2–2 Zintl Phases

Jing Shuai and Zhifeng Ren

Chapter 8 Half-Heuslers for High Temperatures

Hao Zhang, Zhensong Ren, Shuo Chen, Zhifeng Ren, Ran He, Yucheng Lan, and Lihong Huang

Chapter 9 Silicon–Germanium Alloys

Yucheng Lan, Dezhi Wang, and Zhifeng Ren

Chapter 10 Other Thermoelectric Materials

Pengfei Qiu, Xun Shi, Lidong Chen, Jiehe Sui, Jing Li, Zihang Liu, Zhifeng Ren, Takao Mori, and Jun Mao

Chapter 11 Engineering of Materials

Mona Zebarjadi, Gang Chen, Zhifeng Ren, Sunmi Shin, Renkun Chen, Joseph P. Heremans, Bartlomiej Wiendlocha, Hyungyu Jin, Bo Wang, and Qinyong Zhang

Chapter 12 Simulation of Phonons

David Broido, Matt Heine, Natalio Mingo, and Austin J. Minnich

Chapter 13 Reliable Prediction of Efficiency and Output Power and Balance between Materials and Devices in Thermoelectric Power Generators

Hee Seok Kim, Weishu Liu, and Zhifeng Ren

Chapter 14 Mechanical Properties of Thermoelectric Materials

Sonika Gahlawat, Kenneth White, Zhifeng Ren, Yasuo Kogo, and Tsutomu Iida

Part II Thermoelectric Contacts

Chapter 15 Contact for Bi2Te3-Based Thermoelectric Leg

Weishu Liu, Yucheng Lan, and Zhifeng Ren

Chapter 16 Contacts for Skutterudites

Qing Jie and Zhifeng Ren

Chapter 17 Contacts for PbTe

Cheng-Chieh Li and C. Robert Kao

Part III Thermoelectric Modules and Systems

Chapter 18 Bismuth Telluride Modules

Pham Hoang Ngan, Nini Pryds, and Li Han

Chapter 19 Half-Heusler Modules

Giri Raj Joshi, Yucheng Lan, and Zhifeng Ren

Chapter 20 Silicide Modules: Practical Issues in Developing Mg2Si with Good Stability for Generating Power from Waste Heat Sources

Tsutomu Iida, Yasuo Kogo, Atsuo Yasumori, Keishi Nishio, and Naomi Hirayama

Chapter 21 Oxide Modules

Le Thanh Hung, Ngo Van Nong, and Nini Pryds

Chapter 22 Solar Thermoelectric Power Generators

Yucheng Lan and Zhifeng Ren

Index

About the Editors

Prof. Zhifeng Ren, an M. D. Anderson Professor in the Department of Physics and the Texas Center for superconductivity at the University of Houston, has been leading the field of nanostructured thermoelectric materials and devices and other scientific fields. His group published an article in Science in 2008 to establish that ball-milling/hot-pressing method is the way to produce thermoelectric nanocomposites significantly enhanced thermoelectric properties in bismuth-telluride system. The work has pioneered the field of nanostructured thermoelectric materials and has been cited over 1000 times. Following the pioneer work, his lab has successfully enhanced thermoelectric properties in various thermoelectric nanomaterials such as YbAgCu4, PbTe/PbSe, skutterudites, half- Heuslers, SiGe alloys, etc, covering 20 K to 1300 K. These thermoelectric nanomaterials were fabricated into thermoelectric devices to harvest waste heat and convert solar energy (published in the journal Nature Materials in 2011). His group has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Science, Physical Review Letters, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, Small, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Energy & Environmental Science, ACS Nano, Advances in Physics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and so on, and these papers have been cited for over 20,000 times. Various new thermoelectric materials with good thermoelectric properties have been discovered and fabricated in the past a few years, including the most recently discovered MgAgSb-based materials.

Prof. Yucheng Lan, an associate professor in Morgan State University and was a research assistant professor in the Department of Physics and the Texas Center for superconductivity at the University of Houston, has worked on microstructures of thermoelectric nanomaterials and devices. He is an author of 90 peer-reviewed papers published in Nature Nanotechnology, Science, Physical Review Letters, Advances in Physics, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, etc. His work has been cited over 3,000 times with an h-index of 24 (ISI Web of Knowledge). He is co-author of one book (320 pages, Springer, 2012).

Prof. Qinyong Zhang, a professor in the Center for Advanced Materials and Energy at Xihua University of China and a researcher of the Key Laboratory of Fluid and Power Machinery of Ministry of Eductation of China, has worked on synthesis of thermoelectric nanomaterials and design of waste heat recovery systems, including the technology of large scale thermoelectric nanomaterials production and module manufacturing. He is an author of 20 peer-reviewed papers published in Nano Letters, Energy & Environmental Science, Nano Energy, Journal of Applied Physics, etc.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics
SCI077000
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics
TEC021000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Material Science