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Recent advances in 2D thermoelectric materials
Author(s): Jiabing Yu; Qiang Sun; Puru Jena
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Paper Abstract

The waste heat generated by car engines, power plants, home furnaces and other fossil fuel-burning machinery play an adverse role in the climate. Development of efficient, light-weight, cost-effective, and environmentally-benign thermoelectric materials can help in converting wasted heat into useable energy, thus helping the environment. In this brief review we discuss theoretical methods that can complement experimental search for efficient thermoelectric materials. Using Boltzmann transport theory with a constant relaxation time approximation and non-equilibrium Green’s function approach we study thermoelectric parameters by focusing on two dimensional materials ranging from graphene and graphdiyne to phosphorene, transition metal dichalogenides and metal carbides. In some circumstances, the reduced dimension is found to increase the Seebeck coefficient and decrease the thermal conductivity, necessary for improving thermoelectric conversion performance. We also suggest some future studies in this topic.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 2016
PDF: 23 pages
Proc. SPIE 10174, International Symposium on Clusters and Nanomaterials, 101740C (21 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2267739
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Jiabing Yu, Peking Univ. (China)
Qiang Sun, Peking Univ. (China)
Puru Jena, Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10174:
International Symposium on Clusters and Nanomaterials
Puru Jena; Anil K. Kandalam, Editor(s)

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