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Thermoelectric Energy Conversion - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128185353, 9780128199169

Thermoelectric Energy Conversion

1st Edition

Theories and Mechanisms, Materials, Devices, and Applications

Editor: Ryoji Funahashi
Paperback ISBN: 9780128185353
eBook ISBN: 9780128199169
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 19th January 2021
Page Count: 730
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Table of Contents

Section A - Theory and mechanism

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

1.2 Electron correlation

1.3 Thermal transport by phonons in thermoelectrics

Section B - Materials

2.1 Bismuth telluride

2.2 Thermoelectric properties of skutterudites

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 sulfide 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 devices

2.14 Thermoelectric materials and devices based on carbon nanotubes

2.15 Higher manganese silicides

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

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

Section C - Devices and modules

3.1 Segmented modules

3.2 Power generation performance of Heusler Fe2VAl modules

3.3 Microthermoelectric devices using Si nanowires

3.4 Measurement techniques of thermoelectric devices and modules

3.5 Evaluation method and measurement example of thermoelectric devices and modules

Section D - Applications

4.1 Thermoelectric air cooling

4.2 Air-cooled thermoelectric generator

4.3 Prospects of TEG application from the thermoelectric market

4.4 Thermoelectric applications in passenger vehicles

4.5 Thermoelectric generators for full-sized trucks and sports 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