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Lead telluride alloy thermoelectrics

LaLonde, Aaron D. and Pei, Yanzhong and Wang, Heng and Snyder, G. Jeffrey (2011) Lead telluride alloy thermoelectrics. Materials Today, 14 (11). pp. 526-532. ISSN 1369-7021 .

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The opportunity to use solid-state thermoelectrics for waste heat recovery has reinvigorated the field of thermoelectrics in tackling the challenges of energy sustainability. While thermoelectric generators have decades of proven reliability in space, from the 1960s to the present, terrestrial uses have so far been limited to niche applications on Earth because of a relatively low material efficiency. Lead telluride alloys were some of the first materials investigated and commercialized for generators but their full potential for thermoelectrics has only recently been revealed to be far greater than commonly believed. By reviewing some of the past and present successes of PbTe as a thermoelectric material we identify the issues for achieving maximum performance and successful band structure engineering strategies for further improvements that can be applied to other thermoelectric materials systems.

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Additional Information:© 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Available online 17 November 2011.
Issue or Number:11
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Official Citation:Aaron D. LaLonde, Yanzhong Pei, Heng Wang, G. Jeffrey Snyder, Lead telluride alloy thermoelectrics, Materials Today, Volume 14, Issue 11, November 2011, Pages 526-532, ISSN 1369-7021, 10.1016/S1369-7021(11)70278-4.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:20 Dec 2011 22:52
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