Thermoelectric Energy Conversion

Thermoelectric Energy Conversion

Theories and Mechanisms, Materials, Devices, and Applications

1st Edition - January 19, 2021

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  • Editor: Ryoji Funahashi
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128185353
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128199169

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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

Table of Contents

  • Section A: Theory and mechanism

    1.1 Thermoelectric properties beyond the standard Boltzmann model in oxides: A focus on the ruthenates

    Florent Pawula, Ramzy Daou, Sylvie He'bert, and Antoine Maignan

    1.2 Electron correlation

    Ichiro Terasaki

    1.3 Thermal transport by phonons in thermoelectrics

    Yuxuan Liao, Harsh Chandra, and Junichiro Shiomi

    Section B: Materials

    2.1 Bismuth telluride

    Yu Pan and Jing-Feng Li

    2.2 Thermoelectric properties of skutterudites

    Ctirad Uher

    2.3 Recent developments in half-Heusler thermoelectric materials

    Jan-Willem G. Bos

    2.4 Pseudogap engineering of Fe2VAl-based thermoelectric Heusler compounds

    Yoichi Nishino

    2.5 Zintl phases for thermoelectric applications

    Susan M. Kauzlarich, Kasey P. Devlin, and Christopher J. Perez

    2.6 High-performance sulfide thermoelectric materials

    Anthony V. Powell

    2.7 Synthetic minerals tetrahedrites and colusites for thermoelectric power generation

    Koichiro Suekuni, Michihiro Ohta, Toshiro Takabatake, and Emmanuel Guilmeau

    2.8 High-performance thermoelectrics based on metal selenides

    Tanmoy Ghosh, Moinak Dutta, and Kanishka Biswas

    2.9 Materials development and module fabrication in highly efficient lead tellurides

    Michihiro Ohta, Priyanka Jood, Raju Chetty, and Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

    2.10 Oxide thermoelectric materials: Compositional, structural, microstructural, and processing challenges to realize their potential

    Slavko Bernik

    2.11 Oxide thermoelectric materials

    Dursun Ekren, Feridoon Azough, and Robert Freer

    2.12 Thermoelectric materials-based on organic semiconductors

    Qingshuo Wei, Masakazu Mukaida, Kazuhiro Kirihara, and Takao Ishida

    2.13 Organic thermoelectric materials and devices

    Hong Wang and Choongho Yu

    2.14 Thermoelectric materials and devices based on carbon nanotubes

    Yoshiyuki Nonoguchi

    2.15 Higher manganese silicides

    Yuzuru Miyazaki

    2.16 Silicide materials: Thermoelectric, mechanical properties, and durability for Mg-Si and Mn-Si

    Tsutomu Iida, Ryo Inoue, Daishi Shiojiri, Naomi Hirayama, Noriaki Hamada, and Yasuo Kogo

    2.17 Highly efficient Mg2Si-based thermoelectric materials: A review on the micro- and nanostructure properties and the role of alloying

    Georgios S. Polymeris, Euripides Hatzikraniotis, and Theodora Kyratsi

    Section C: Devices and modules

    3.1 Segmented modules

    Shengqiang Bai, Qihao Zhang, and Lidong Chen

    3.2 Power generation performance of Heusler Fe2VAl modules

    Masashi Mikami

    3.3 Microthermoelectric devices using Si nanowires

    Takanobu Watanabe

    3.4 Measurement techniques of thermoelectric devices and modules

    Hsin Wang and Shengqiang Bai

    3.5 Evaluation method and measurement example of thermoelectric devices and modules

    Satoaki Ikeuchi

    Section D: Applications

    4.1 Thermoelectric air cooling

    Kashif Irshad

    4.2 Air-cooled thermoelectric generator

    Ryoji Funahashi, Tomoyuki Urata, Yoko Matsumura, Hiroyo Murakami, and Hitomi Ikenishi

    4.3 Prospects of TEG application from the thermoelectric cooling market

    Hirokuni Hachiuma

    4.4 Thermoelectric applications in passenger vehicles

    Doug Crane

    4.5 Thermoelectric generators for full-sized trucks and sports utility vehicles

    James R Salvador

    4.6 Thermoelectric generation using solar energy

    Sajjad Mahmoudinezhad and Alireza Rezaniakolaei

    4.7 Development and demonstration of outdoor-applicable thermoelectric generators for IoT applications

    Kanae Nakagawa and Takashi Suzuki

Product details

  • No. of pages: 730
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2021
  • Published: January 19, 2021
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128185353
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128199169

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

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