Exploring highly efficient thermoelectric materials to address energy generation is the current area of interest. Fundamentals of materials science, the behavior of materials, strategies, designing the structural/microstructural architects are studied so far in a wide range of material. However, due to the scarcity of Te/Ge in the earth crust, development of alternative materials with improved thermoelectric performance is required to make a highly efficient thermoelectric device for the large-scale applications. The developments are pointing the efficient performance of PbSe, and have been overcome the problem arises to obtain both n and p-type legs from a single material. Therefore, it must be important to place all current developments in the form of solid review. This review updates recent advances in high-performance bulk PbSe. The renaissance has been attained through doping, nanostructuring, engineering of band structure, microstructural architects and atomic arrangements via vacancy/dislocation ornaments. The structure-property relationship, the influence of doping, dislocations at atomic scales, and carriers/phonons transport are discussed to understand the exciting material's physics. Further possible device level abilities are also discussed for the futuristic developments.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Materials Science (miscellaneous)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Fuel Technology
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology