Thermoelectric Materials: Advances and Applications.pdf
This book first discusses the thermoelectric effects, the transport coefficients and their mutual relations, the efficiency of thermoelectric devices, and ideas related to characterization and industry standards. It then reviews the two basic strategies for optimizing the thermoelectric performance of materials: the control of thermal conductivity and the power factor enhancement. The text introduces various kinds of bulk materials of increasing chemical and structural complexity and describes the role played by the electronic structure in the thermoelectric performance of different materials. It also considers novel materials based on organic semiconductors and conducting polymers as well as recent advances in thermoelectric phenomena at the nanoscale. It covers the transport properties through molecular junctions and analyzes the potential of DNA-based thermoelectric devices. Exercises with solutions can be used as control tests and reflect recent research.
Enrique Macia is a professor of condensed matter physics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Dr. Macia is the author of several monographs and the book Aperiodic Structures in Condensed Matter: Fundamentals and Applications. His research interests include the thermoelectric properties of quasicrystals and DNA-based devices.
Basic Notions Fundamental Aspects The Structural Complexity Approach The Role of the Electronic Structure Beyond the Periodic Order Organic Semiconductors and Polymers