Overview of Bismuth Nanowires for Thermoelectric Applications.- The Synthetic Search for Better Thermoelectrics.- New Bulk Materials for Thermoelectric Applications: Synthetic Strategies Based on Phase Homologies.- Boron Carbides: Unconventional High-Temperature Thermoelectrics.- Block-Layer Concept for the Layered Cobalt Oxide: A Design for Thermoelectric Oxides.- Thermoelectric Properties of Early Transition Metal Antimonides.- Clathrate Thermoelectrics.- Structure-Property Relations in Skutterudites.- Phonon Heat Conduction in Superlattices.- Thermal Conduction in CoSb3-Based Skutterudites.- Thermoelectric Transport in Bismuth Nanowires: Experimental Results.- Pressure Tuning of Thermoelectric Materials.- Thermoelectrics with Thermionic Boundary Conditions.- Electronic Structure of Complex Bismuth Chaleogenide Systems.- Toward a First-Principles Determination of Transport Coefficients.- Can Theory Help in the Search for Better Thermoelectric Materials?.- Participants.
This seriesofbooks, which is publishedattherateofaboutoneper year, addresses fundamental problems in materialsscience.Thecontents coverabroadrangeoftopicsfromsmallclustersofatomstoengineering materials and involve chemistry, physics, materials science, and engineering,withlengthscalesrangingfromAngstromsuptomillimeters. Theemphasis is on basic scienceratherthan on applications. Each book focuses on a single areaofcurrent interest and brings together leading experts to give an up-to-date discussion oftheir work and the workof others. Each articlecontainsenough references thattheinterestedreader can access the relevant literature. Thanks are given to the Center for Fundamental Materials Research at Michigan State University for supportingthisseries. M.F.Thorpe,SeriesEditor E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org EastLansing,Michigan,November2002 v PREFACE ThisvolumerecordsinvitedlecturesgivenattheNewThermoelectric(TE)Materials Workshopheld inTraverseCity,MichiganfromAugust17-21,2002.Thethemeofthe workshop was Chemistry, PhysicsandMaterials ScienceofThermoelectric Materials: Beyond Bismuth Telluride. The objective of this symposium was threefold. First, to examine and assess the ability of solid state chemistry to produce new generation materials for TE applications. Second, to rationalize and predict the charge and heat transportpropertiesofpotentialcandidatesandhypotheticalsystemsthroughsolidstate theoryandexperiment.Third,toidentifyandprioritizeresearchneededtoreachvarious levelsofrequirementsintermsofZTandtemperature.Theseobjectiveswereaddressed by a series of invited talks and discussions by leading experts from academia, governmentlaboratories,andindustry. Thereweretwenty-twoinvitedandeightposterpresentations inthe workshop.Out ofthese,sixteeninvitedpresentationsarerepresentedinthisvolume.Theycoverawide range of subjects, starting from synthesis (based on different strategies) and characterizationofnovel materials to acareful studyoftheir transport properties and electron
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