Review abstract


Nature Materials 7, 105 - 114 (2008)
doi:10.1038/nmat2090

Subject Categories: Electronic materials | Materials for energy

Complex thermoelectric materials

G. Jeffrey Snyder1 & Eric S. Toberer1


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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  1. Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91125, USA

Correspondence to: G. Jeffrey Snyder1 e-mail: jsnyder@caltech.edu



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