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Recent advances in inorganic material thermoelectrics

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Thermoelectrics is a research area that focuses on the development of high-performance materials for direct thermal and electrical energy conversion in power generation and solid-state cooling. Ever since Ioffe's inference in 1950s that heavily doped semiconductors make the best thermoelectrics, inorganic semiconductors and semimetals have remained the cornerstone of high-performance thermoelectric materials. In this article, we review the recent advances in inorganic material thermoelectrics with special emphases on: (i) the complementary local-global view of material and the roles of configurational entropy and Fermi surface complexity in material screening; (ii) the emerging schemes of resonant bonding, dynamic disorder, “gap” engineering, pudding-mold-shaped bands in material performance enhancement; (iii) a list of promising bulk materials, such as host–guest structures, half-Heusler compounds, silicides, Zintl phases, and incommensurate structures; and (iv) state-of-the-art materials synthesis and fabrication techniques. These advances will facilitate the development of next-generation bulk thermoelectric materials.

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18 Apr 2018
20 Jun 2018
First published
23 Jun 2018

Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018,5, 2380-2398
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Review Article

Recent advances in inorganic material thermoelectrics

P. Ren, Y. Liu, J. He, T. Lv, J. Gao and G. Xu, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2018, 5, 2380
DOI: 10.1039/C8QI00366A

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