In recent years, the performance of conventional thermoelectric materials has been remarkably enhanced through the nontraditional processing technology of nanostructuring. The nanostructuring approach has been shown to be one of the most effective ways to improve the thermoelectric figure merit, as this approach can either reduce the lattice thermal conductivity or enhance the thermoelectric power factor. In this chapter, the emphasis is on nanosturctured conventional bulk thermoelectric materials (thermoelectric nanocomposites) with an enhanced thermoelectric performance. Strategies for high-performance thermoelectric nanocomposites are summarized, after which a few important nanostructuring technologies are presented.
|Title of host publication||Springer Series in Materials Science|
|Publisher||Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Name||Springer Series in Materials Science|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by WCU (World Class University) program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (R31-2008-10029) and by the Human Resources Development program (No. 20124010203270) of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Knowledge Economy.
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)