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. […]

A team of Michigan State University researchers have developed a new thermoelectric material based on natural minerals known as tetrahedrites, the most widespread sulfosalts on Earth. So where are these tetrahedrites?  They’re found pretty much anywhere there is dirt, common ordinary dirt. The researchers, led by Donald Morelli, a professor of chemical engineering and materials […]

Northwestern University scientists collaborating with scientists and mechanical engineers at Northwestern and Michigan State University have developed a thermoelectric material that is the best in the world at converting waste heat to electricity resulting in the world record ZT of 2.2. Using a very environmentally stable material, the common semiconductor called lead telluride; the material […]

Purdue University assistant professor of chemical engineering Yue Wu leads a team developing a technique that uses nanotechnology to harvest energy from hot pipes or engine components.  The team has coated glass fibers with a new thermoelectric material they developed. When thermoelectric materials are heated on one side electrons flow to the cooler side, generating […]

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