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Issue 15, 2016
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Thermopower measurements in molecular junctions

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Abstract

The measurement of thermopower in molecular junctions offers complementary information to conductance measurements and is becoming essential for the understanding of transport processes at the nanoscale. In this review, we discuss the recent advances in the study of the thermoelectric properties of molecular junctions. After presenting the theoretical background for thermoelectricity at the nanoscale, we review the experimental techniques for measuring the thermopower in these systems and discuss the main results. Finally, we consider the challenges in the application of molecular junctions in viable thermoelectric devices.

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Submitted
23 Feb 2016
First published
09 Jun 2016

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016,45, 4285-4306
Article type
Review Article
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Thermopower measurements in molecular junctions

L. Rincón-García, C. Evangeli, G. Rubio-Bollinger and N. Agraït, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2016, 45, 4285
DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00141F

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