Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2023) | Viewed by 11291
Interests: condensed matter; thermoelectric materials; atomistic simulations; surface science; phonon transport
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Thermoelectric materials have recently attracted increased interest, in particular for their potential application in alternative energy production. Thermoelectric efficiency is related to the dimensionless figure of merit, which depends on the Seebeck coefficient, electrical and thermal conductivity, and temperature. One strategy that has been widely applied to maximize the figure of merit is related to reduction in thermal conductivity. This can be achieved, for example, through a reduction in the dimension of the material, as has been shown for nanowires, nanoparticles, superlattices, thin films, and porous materials. A detailed description of thermal and electrical transport on the nanoscale, however, is not trivial from a theoretical or experimental point of view, since macroscopic descriptions of transport phenomena are often not valid on the nanoscale. Since both thermal and electrical transport play a crucial role in thermoelectric materials, it is of particular interest to carefully describe the interaction of the two types of carriers, namely electrons, or charge carriers, and phonons.
This Special Issue aims to attract theoretical and experimental studies that can lead to a better understanding of different scattering mechanisms affecting electrons and phonons, especially the interactions of the two, focusing on effects in nanostructured materials.
Researchers are invited to contribute with studies that give a detailed insight into electronic and thermal transport in nanostructured condensed matter that can ultimately lead to an optimization of the thermoelectric figure of merit.
Dr. Konstanze R. Hahn
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- thermoelectric properties
- phonon–electron interactions
- nanostructured materials
- thermal transport
- electron transport