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Applying Quantitative Microstructure Control in Advanced Functional Composites

Heinz, Nicholas A. and Ikeda, Teruyuki and Pei, Yanzhong and Snyder, G. Jeffrey (2014) Applying Quantitative Microstructure Control in Advanced Functional Composites. Advanced Functional Materials, 24 (15). pp. 2135-2153. ISSN 1616-301X. doi:10.1002/adfm.201302899.

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Microstructure control in functional materials draws from a historical reserve rich in established theory and experimental observation of metallurgy. Methods such as rapid solidification, eutectoid reaction, and nucleation and growth precipitation have all proven to be effective means to produce microstructure relevant for a wide array of applications. Here, the available parameters to control structure morphology, size, and spacing are discussed using thermoelectric composites as an example. Moreover, exploiting different aspects of a material system's phase diagram enables a controlled introduction of nanostructures. While much of this discussion is pertinent to the rapidly developing field of thermal conductivity control in thermoelectric composites, these techniques can be applied to a variety of other material systems where their use may lead to novel electrical, optical, as well as thermal properties of semiconductors and insulators as it has in the past for the mechanical properties of metals.

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Additional Information:© 2013 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. Received: August 18, 2013; Revised: October 2, 2013; Published online: December 9, 2013. The authors would like to acknowledge the funding from AFOSR MURI FA9550-10-1-0533 for cryogenic Peltier cooling, support from AROMURI W911NF-07-1-0410, Doug Medlin for his tutelage in collecting the transmission electron micrographs and Dominique Schryver’s group for their work to create the 3D FIB-SEM image in the article.
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Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)FA9550-10-1-0533
Army Research Office (ARO) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)W911NF-07-1-0410
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Official Citation:Heinz, N. A., Ikeda, T., Pei, Y. and Snyder, G. J. (2014), Applying Quantitative Microstructure Control in Advanced Functional Composites. Adv. Funct. Mater., 24: 2135–2153. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201302899
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