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A step on the road to better eco-friendly thermo-electrics

January 11, 2024

To be a good thermo-electric material (TEM), something has to have low thermal conductivity (to prevent heat leaking through) as well as converting heat to electricity effectively.

The university cites heavy metal chalcogenides Bi2Te3 and PbTe as high-performance TEMs, while more benign oxide TEMs, such as SrTiO3, are limited in effectiveness by high thermal conductivity.

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