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Thermoelectric Skutterudites




ISBN 9780367610791
Published May 19, 2021 by CRC Press
338 Pages 128 Color & 63 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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.


Features:
• 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

Contents

Preface.......................................................................................................................................xi

About the Author.......................................................................................................................xv

Chapter 1 Structural Aspects of Skutterudites............................................................................1

Chapter 2 Fabrication of Skutterudites......................................................................................65

Chapter 3 Electronic Energy Band Structure.............................................................................. 91

Chapter 4 Electronic Transport Properties of Skutterudites..................................................... 129

Chapter 5 Thermal Transport Properties of Skutterudites........................................................ 169

Chapter 6 Thermoelectric Properties of Skutterudites.............................................................. 261

Index........................................................................................................................................... 319

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Biography

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 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research

Organization (CSIRO), National Measurement Laboratory (NML), in Sydney. He then accepted a

postdoctoral position at Michigan State University, where he worked with Profs. W. P. Pratt, P. A.

Schroeder, and J. Bass on transport properties at ultra-low temperatures.

            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. That

same year the University of New South Wales awarded him the title of DSc for his work on transport

properties of semimetals. At the University of Michigan, 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 has had more than 45 years of research, described in more than 520 refereed

publications in the areas of transport properties of solids, superconductivity, diluted magnetic semiconductors,

and thermoelectricity. In the field of thermoelectricity, to which he returned during

the past 25 years, he worked on the development of skutterudites, half-Heusler alloys, modified

lead telluride materials, magnesium silicide solid solutions, tetrahedrites, and Molecular Beam

Epitaxy (MBE)–rown thin films 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 as invited and plenary talks. 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 was awarded a named professorship at the

University of Michigan. He received the prestigious China Friendship Award in 2011.

Professor Uher supervised 16 PhD thesis projects and mentored numerous postdoctoral researchers,

many of whom are leading scientists in academia and research institutions all over the world.

Professor Uher served on the Board of Directors 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.