A new material with high thermoelectric efficiency at room temperature

Optimization of the thermoelectric power factor by chemical substitution.
Optimization of the thermoelectric power factor by chemical substitution.

A collaboration among several groups in chemistry and physics at UC Davis unraveled a new thermoelectric compound for direct thermal to electrical power generation. This material presents a new structure type and an optimized composition, resulting in remarkable efficiency in the temperature range of important applications, such as solar thermoelectric generators where heat harvested from the sun power the thermoelectric generation device.

More information at https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b04517

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