(Invited) Advanced Nanostructured Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Conversion

Tuesday, October 13, 2015: 08:10
Remington C (Hyatt Regency)
Y. Wu (Iowa State University)
The rapid development of nanomaterials in the past decade has provided a possibility of directly converting waste heat back to electricity based on the thermoelectric Seebeck effect. In the past four years, we have developed a transformative approach to pioneered low cost and scalable solution-phase growth methods to mass produce thermoelectric nanowires and nanowire heterostructures to match the physical and economic magnitudes of energy use and economical entertainment in the manufacture/recycling. These nanostructured thermoelectric materials show a significantly enhanced performance compared to the bulk crystals based on the quantum confinement and minority carrier blocking.