DOI: 10.1126/science.aak9997 ISSN:

Advances in thermoelectric materials research: Looking back and moving forward

Jian He, Terry M. Tritt
  • Multidisciplinary

Strategies for efficient thermoelectrics

Thermoelectric materials convert heat into electricity and can provide solid-state cooling for spot-sized refrigeration. One important barrier for adopting these materials beyond niche applications is their low efficiency. He and Tritt review the mechanisms and strategies for improving thermoelectric efficiency. They discuss how to report material performance and highlight the most promising materials. With new materials and strategies for performance enhancement, thermoelectrics are poised to alter the renewable energy landscape.

Science , this issue p. eaak9997

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