SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS FOR THERMOELECTRIC ENERGY CONVERSION
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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In 2012, more than 58% of the energy produced in the US was rejected in the form of heat. The rapid development of thermoelectric materials in the past decade has raised new hopes for the possibility of directly converting some of this waste thermal energy back to electricity. However, the large scale deployment of thermoelectric devices is still limited by the mediocre conversion efficiency. Nanostructured materials have been proved to be able to significantly improve conversion efficiency. My research is devoted to developing efficient solution phase reactions to synthesize nanostructured thermoelectric materials in an economical and scalable way. We also aim at exploring the unique applications of solution synthesized nanostructured materials, e.g. developing nanocrystal ink to coat on flexible substrates for applications in wearable thermoelectric devices.
Fang, Haiyu, "SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NANOSTRUCTURED MATERIALS FOR THERMOELECTRIC ENERGY CONVERSION" (2014). Open Access Dissertations. 1078.