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      Complex thermoelectric materials.

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          Abstract

          Thermoelectric materials, which can generate electricity from waste heat or be used as solid-state Peltier coolers, could play an important role in a global sustainable energy solution. Such a development is contingent on identifying materials with higher thermoelectric efficiency than available at present, which is a challenge owing to the conflicting combination of material traits that are required. Nevertheless, because of modern synthesis and characterization techniques, particularly for nanoscale materials, a new era of complex thermoelectric materials is approaching. We review recent advances in the field, highlighting the strategies used to improve the thermopower and reduce the thermal conductivity.

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          Journal
          Nat Mater
          Nature materials
          Springer Science and Business Media LLC
          1476-1122
          1476-1122
          Feb 2008
          : 7
          : 2
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91125, USA. jsnyder@caltech.edu
          Article
          nmat2090
          10.1038/nmat2090
          18219332
          b682dca6-d026-462c-8acc-d2f2fec1f2cf

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