University of Houston researchers, taking advantage of recent advances in using theoretical calculations to predict the properties of new materials, have discovered a new class of half-Heusler thermoelectric compounds, including one with a record high figure of merit – a metric used to determine how efficiently a thermoelectric material can convert heat to electricity. Physicist […]

Professor Ian Kinloch, Professor of Material Science at the University of Manchester added a small amount of graphene to strontium titanium oxide. The resulting composite thermoelectric material was able to convert heat which would otherwise be lost as waste into an electric current over a broad temperature range, all the way down to room temperature. […]

Northwestern University (NU) scientists have discovered a surprising material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to useful electricity. An interdisciplinary team led by inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis found the crystal form of the chemical compound tin selenide conducts heat so poorly through its lattice structure that it is the […]

Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) can now produce a new and considerably more efficient class of thermoelectric material. The new molecular structure of the material has a very special layout in connection an astonishing new physical effect with tiny cages within the crystal structure enclosing cerium atoms. The Austrian team reports […]

A research team from the University of Michigan (UM) has found a way to nearly double the efficiency of a particular class of thermoelectric material.  Thermoelectric materials can be used to turn waste heat into electricity or to provide refrigeration without any liquid coolants and the new class of them is made with organic semiconductors. […]

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