This book informs the reader about a fascinating class of materials referred to as skutterudites, the atomic lattice of which has large structural voids that can be filled by a variety of foreign species, spanning from alkali to alkaline to rare earth ions. The fillers, in their unique way, drastically modify the physical properties of the parent structure, giving rise to outstanding thermoelectric properties.
This exciting material is of growing importance and is finding applications in a variety of different fields. This book will be of interest to researchers working in materials science, physics, and chemistry in addition to graduate students in these subjects.
• Gives a comprehensive account of all fundamental physical properties of skutterudites
• Each major topic is accompanied by introductory sections and a further detailed theoretical treatment is provided in Appendices
• Supported by many figures and a vast number of relevant references
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Structural Aspects of Skutterudites
Chapter 2. Fabrication of Skutterudites
Chapter 3. Electronic Energy Band Structure
Chapter 4. Electronic Transport Properties of Skutterudites
Chapter 5. Thermal Transport Propoerties of Skutterudites
Chapter 6. Thermoelectric Properties of Skutterudites.
Ctirad Uher is a C. Wilbur Peters Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He earned his BSc in physics with the University Medal from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. He carried out his graduate studies at the same institution under Professor H. J. Goldsmid on the topic of “Thermomagnetic effects in bismuth and its dilute alloys”, and received his PhD in 1975. Subsequently, Professor Uher was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship, which he spent at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), National Measurement Laboratory (NML), in Sydney. In 1989, the University of New South Wales awarded him the title of DSc for his work on transport properties of semimetals. Professor Uher started his academic career in 1980 as an assistant professor of physics at the University of Michigan. He progressed through the ranks and became full professor in 1989. He served as an associate chair of the Department of Physics and subsequently as an associate dean for research at the College of Literature, Sciences and Arts. In 1994, he was appointed as chair of physics, the post he held for the next 10 years. Professor Uher’s more than 40 years of research is described in more than 500 refereed publications in the area of transport properties of solids, superconductivity, diluted magnetic semiconductors, and thermoelectricity. In the field of thermoelectricity, to which he returned during the past 20 years, he worked on the development of skutterudites, half-Heusler alloys, modified lead telluride materials, magnesium silicide solid solutions, tetrahedrites, and Molecular Beam Epitaxy-grown thin film forms of Bi2Te3-based materials. He has written a number of authoritative review articles, and has presented his research at numerous national and international conferences and invited talks. His research work has generated more than 28 000 citations, and his h-index stands at 79. In 1996, he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. Professor Uher was honored with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Pardubice in the Czech Republic in 2002, and in 2010 he was awarded a named professorship at the University of Michigan. He received the prestigious China Friendship Award in 2011. Professor Uher supervised 15 PhD thesis projects and mentored numerous postdoctoral researchers, many of whom are leading scientists in academia and in research institutions all over the world. Professor Uher served on the board of directors of the International Thermal Conductivity Conferences and as a board member of the International Thermoelectric Society. In 2004-2005, he was elected vice-president of the International Thermoelectric Society and during 2006-2008 served as its President.