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Thermoelectric Energy Conversion - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128185353

Thermoelectric Energy Conversion

1st Edition

Theories and Mechanisms, Materials, Devices, and Applications

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Editor: Ryoji Funahashi
Paperback ISBN: 9780128185353
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st February 2021
Page Count: 716
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Table of Contents

Section 1: Theory and mechanism

1-1: Thermoelectric properties beyond the standard Boltzmann model : peculiarities of oxides and sulfides

1-2: Electronic correlation

1-3: Thermal Transport by Phonons in Thermoelectrics

Section 2: Materials

2-1: Thermoelectric performance enhancement of bismuth telluride based alloys

2-2: Skutterudites-recent progress

2-3: Recent development in half-Heusler thermoelectric materials

2-4: Pseudogap Engineering of Fe2VAl‐based Thermoelectric Heusler Compounds

2-5: Zintl Phases for thermoelectric Applications

2-6: High-performance Sulphide Thermoelectric Materials

2-7: Synthetic minerals tetrahedrites and colusites for thermoelectric power generation

2-8: High performance thermoelectrics based on metal selenides

2-9: Materials development and module fabrication in highly efficient lead tellurides

2-10: Oxide thermoelectric materials: compositional, structural, microstructural and processing challenges to realize their potential

2-11: Oxide Thermoelectric Materials

2-12: Thermoelectric Materials Based on Organic Semiconductors

2-13: Organic Thermoelectric Materials and Device

2-14: Thermoelectric Materials and Devices Based on Carbon Nanotubes

2-15: Higher Manganese Silicides

2-16: Thermoelectric, mechanical properties, and durability for Mg-Si and Mn-Si

2-17: Highly Performed Silicide Thermoelectric Materials

Section 3: Devices and Modules

3-1: Segmented Modules

3-2: Power generation performance of Heusler Fe2VAl module

3-3: Micro Thermoelectric Devices Using Si Nanowires

3-4: Measurement Techniques of Thermoelectric Devices and Modules

3-5: Evaluation Method and Measurement Example of Thermoelectric Device and Modules

Section 4: Applications

4-1: Thermoelectric Air cooling

4-2: Air cooled thermoelectric generator

4-3: Prospect of TEG Application from Thermoelectric Market

4-4: Thermoelectric Applications in Passenger Vehicles

4-5: Thermoelectrics Generators for Full-Size Trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles

4-6: Thermoelectric generation using solar energy

4-7: Development and demonstration of outdoor-applicable thermoelectric generators for IoT applications


Thermoelectric Energy Conversion: Theories and Mechanisms, Materials, Devices, and Applications provides readers with foundational knowledge on key aspects of thermoelectric conversion and reviews future prospects. Sections cover the basic theories and mechanisms of thermoelectric physics, the chemical and physical aspects of classical to brand-new materials, measurement techniques of thermoelectric conversion properties from the materials to modules and current research, including the physics, crystallography and chemistry aspects of processing to produce thermoelectric devices. Finally, the book discusses thermoelectric conversion applications, including cooling, generation, energy harvesting, space, sensor and other emerging areas of applications.

Key Features

  • Reviews key applications of thermoelectric energy conversion, including cooling, power generation, energy harvesting, and applications for space and sensing
  • Discusses a wide range of materials, including skutterudites, heusler materials, chalcogenides, oxides, low dimensional materials, and organic materials
  • Provides the fundamentals of thermoelectric energy conversion, including the physics, phonon conduction, electronic correlation, magneto-seebeck theories, topological insulators and thermionics


Materials Scientists, Electrical and Thermal Engineers, Researchers in both academia and R&D


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About the Editor

Ryoji Funahashi

Dr. Funahashi earned his MS in Chemistry (1992) from the Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University and a PhD in Applied Physics (1998) from Nagoya University. Before his work at AIST, he was a Research Scientist of Osaka National Research Institute. He has been a lecturer at Nagoya University, Osaka Electro-communication University, Akita Prefectural University and Osaka University. He has studied thermoelectric materials from 1998, primarily focusing on oxide materials. He developed not only materials but also modules and power generation units. He is the founder of a start-up of thermoelectric technology in 2010. He is a contributor to the thermoelectric academic community as a board member of both International Thermoelectric Society and Thermoelectric Society of Japan since 2004. He has a diverse array of experience in a wide range of fields including science, technology and application.

Affiliations and Expertise

Prime Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Nanomaterials Research Institute, Ibaraki, Japan