Materials Aspect of Thermoelectricity

Ctirad Uher

November 21, 2016 by CRC Press
Reference - 610 Pages - 53 Color & 269 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498754903 - CAT# K27433


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      • Provides detailed explanations of novel thermoelectric materials.
      • Addresses the materials aspect of each family of thermoelectric materials.
      • Discusses both TE power generation materials and structures for TE cooling.
      • Contains chapters written by the leading experts in the field from around the world.


      In recent years, novel families of materials have been discovered and significant improvements in classical thermoelectric materials have been made. Thermoelectric generators are now being used to harvest industrial heat waste and convert it into electricity. This is being utilized in communal incinerators, large smelters, and cement plants. Leading car and truck companies are developing thermoelectric power generators to collect heat from the exhaust systems of gasoline and diesel engines. Additionally, thermoelectric coolers are being used in a variety of picnic boxes, vessels used to transport transplant organs, and in air-conditioned seats of mid-size cars. Consisting of twenty-one chapters written by top researchers in the field, this book explores the major advancements being made in the material aspects of thermoelectricity and provides a critical assessment in regards to the broadening of application opportunities for thermoelectric energy conversion.


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