Recommended Reading

Our Favorite Literature on Thermoelectric & Related Subjects

Thermoelectrics Handbook: Macro to Nano
(2005) by David M. Rowe (Editor)

If you want one book on the field of thermoelectrics, consider this one. Jon Pollock

in 1995, David M. Rowe introduced the bestselling CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics to wide acclaim. Since then, increasing environmental concerns, desire for long-life electrical power sources, and continued progress in miniaturization of electronics has led to a substantial increase in research activity involving thermoelectrics. Reflecting the latest trends and developments, the Thermoelectrics Handbook: Macro to Nano is an extension of the earlier work and covers the entire range of thermoelectrics disciplines.

Serving as a convenient reference as well as a thorough introduction to thermoelectrics, this book includes contributions from 99 leading authorities from around the world. Its coverage spans from general principles and theoretical concepts to material preparation and measurements; thermoelectric materials; thermoelements, modules, and devices; and thermoelectric systems and applications. Reflecting the enormous impact of nanotechnology on the field-as the thermoelectric properties of nanostructured materials far surpass the performance of conventional materials-each section progresses systematically from macro-scale to micro/nano-scale topics.

CRC Handbook of Thermoelectrics
(1995) by David M. Rowe (Editor)

Thermoelectrics is the science and technology associated with thermoelectric converters, that is, the generation of electrical power by the Seebeck effect and refrigeration by the Peltier effect. Thermoelectric generators are being used in increasing numbers to provide electrical power in medical, military, and deep space applications where combinations of their desirable properties outweigh their relatively high cost and low generating efficiency. In recent years there also has been an increase in the requirement for thermoelectric coolers (Peltier devices) for use in infrared detectors and in optical communications. Information on thermoelectrics is not readily available as it is widely scattered throughout the literature. The Handbook centralizes this information in a convenient format under a single cover.

Introduction to Thermoelectricity
(2009) by H. Julian Goldsmid

Introduction to Thermoelectricity is the latest work by Professor Julian Goldsmid drawing on his 55 years experience in the field. The theory of the thermoelectric and related phenomena is presented in sufficient detail to enable researchers to understand their observations and develop improved thermoelectric materials. The methods for the selection of materials and their improvement are discussed. Thermoelectric materials for use in refrigeration and electrical generation are reviewed.

Thermoelectricity: An Introduction to the Principles
(2006) by D. K. C. MacDonald (Author)

This introductory treatment provides an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles involved in the study of thermoelectricity in solids and of conduction in general. Aimed at graduate-level students and those interested in basic theory, it will be especially valuable to experimental physicists working in fields connected with electron transport and to theoreticians seeking a survey of thermoelectricity and related questions.

Chronicling the early history of thermoelectricity from its discovery to modern times, this text features a considerable amount of experimental data and discusses these findings at length wherever they bear a particular relevance to theory. The author, a well-known authority in this field, draws heavily from his own work on thermoelectrical phenomena as they are observed in the study of metals. Numerous illustrative figures appear throughout the text.

Thermoelectric Materials: Advances and Applications
(2015) by Enrique Maciá (Editor)

This book first discusses the thermoelectric effects, the transport coefficients and their mutual relations, the efficiency of thermoelectric devices, and ideas related to characterization and industry standards. It then reviews the two basic strategies for optimizing the thermoelectric performance of materials: the control of thermal conductivity and the power factor enhancement.

The text introduces various kinds of bulk materials of increasing chemical and structural complexity and describes the role played by the electronic structure in the thermoelectric performance of different materials. It also considers novel materials based on organic semiconductors and conducting polymers as well as recent advances in thermoelectric phenomena at the nanoscale. It covers the transport properties through molecular junctions and analyzes the potential of DNA-based thermoelectric devices. Exercises with solutions can be used as control tests and reflect recent research.

Thermoelectrics and its Energy Harvesting, 2-Volume Set:
Modules, Systems, and Applications in Thermoelectrics

(2012) by David Michael Rowe (Editor)

Comprising two volumes, Thermoelectrics and Its Energy Harvesting reviews the vast improvements in technology and application of thermoelectric energy with a specific intention to reduce and reuse waste heat and improve novel techniques for the efficient acquisition and use of energy.

Materials, Preparation, and Characterization in Thermoelectrics investigates the upsurge in activity in all aspects of thermoelectrics and the rapid advances in nanotechnology fueling the development of nano-architectured materials with substantially improved thermoelectric performance.

Modules, Systems, and Applications in Thermoelectrics discusses the practical, novel, and truly groundbreaking applications of thermoelectrics in a range of markets. It details the U.S. interest in alternative energy and energy harvesting, the strong interest in Japan, Korea and Europe to incorporate thermoelectric generators in cars to reduce fuel consumption and meet EU carbon dioxide emission targets; and the European plans to build an isotopic powered thermoelectric generator.

Thermoelectricity: Thermoelectric And Thermomagnetic Properties in Low-dimensional And Nanoscale Materials
(2010) by Joseph P. Heremans (Author), Gang Chen (Author), Mildred S. Dresselhaus (Author), Gene Dresselhaus (Author)

Thermoelectricity describes the physics of energy conversion, from heat to electric power, and from electric power to heat or cooling power in solids. The working fluid consists of the conduction electrons. Despite a long and distinguished history, recent developments in nanotechnologies have revolutionized the field. It was recognised in the 1990s that low-dimensional systems should result in materials with much better efficiencies than bulk materials, through low-dimensional effects on both charge carriers and lattice waves. This has been experimentally demonstrated in the early 2000s.

This book aims to be the first monograph to comprehensively describe low-dimensional thermoelectricity in a systematic manner. Following the classic format of monographs in this area, it is written so that low-dimensional effects follow naturally from the transport equations. It is aimed at professional researchers in academia and industry, and graduate students in materials engineering, applied physics and chemistry.

Thermal Design: Heat Sinks, Thermoelectrics, Heat Pipes, Compact Heat Exchangers, and Solar Cells
(2010) by H. S. Lee

This book examines modern thermal devices such as heat sinks, thermoelectric generators and coolers, heat pipes, and heat exchangers as design components in larger systems. These devices are becoming increasingly important and fundamental to sound thermal management design. The author looks at such diverse areas as microelectronic cooling, green or thermal energy conversion, and thermal control and management in space. This book will provide readers with a sound understanding of the basics and is excellent for use as senior undergraduate or the first-year graduate student textbook. The graphical presentation generally provides designers or students with the rich and flexible solutions toward achieving optimal design. A solutions manual is provided.

Rethinking Thermoelectric Effects In Seebeck And Peltier Elements:
Toward A Unifying Paradigm

(2013) by Michael Spry

It started as an introductory work on thermoelectrics, reviewing theory from the perspective of zero-sum energy balance within thermoelectric elements. This would involve the resolution of temperature dependencies using finite element analysis, and depend upon the maximum level of mathematical harmony among the effects. Energy balance would have to be demonstrated everywhere along the length of each semiconductor element. This work demanded a far greater attention to detail than the ‘system-level’, average-based assessments which have dominated theoretical discussion throughout most of the history of thermoelectric technology. Thus, it should hardly be surprising that a series of important insights and discoveries would emerge from this vantage point—phenomena that were hidden within the black box treatment of TE elements. The introductory book soon gave way to a paradigm-shifting research project open to re-imagining the energy interactions related to bulk properties in power generation and cooling. It was time to make all of the puzzle pieces fit throughout each element rather than be satisfied with summary mathematics that could mask gaps, issues, and misunderstandings.

New Materials for Thermoelectric Applications: Theory and Experiment
(2012) by Veljko Zlatic (Editor), Alex Hewson (Editor)

Thermoelectric devices could play an important role in making efficient use of our energy resources but their efficiency would need to be increased for their wide scale application. There is a multidisciplinary search for materials with an enhanced thermoelectric responses for use in such devices.

This volume covers the latest ideas and developments in this research field, covering topics ranging from the fabrication and characterization of new materials, particularly those with strong electron correlation, use of nanostructured, layered materials and composites, through to theoretical work to gain a deeper understanding of thermoelectric behavior. It should be a useful guide and stimulus to all working in this very topical field.

Thermoelectric Power of Metals
(2013) by J. Blatt (Author)

Thermoelectric and related transport properties of metals have been a source of information and, also, exasperation to physicists for over a century. The last few years have witnessed new and fascinating developments that promise to stimulate new activity in this field.

In contrast to the more conventional transport properties, second-and high-order contributions in electron scattering theory appear to play a profound role in thermoelectricity-the controversy surrounding ordinary and "phony" phonon drag is far from resolved; the startlingly large effect of magnetic fields on the thermopower of metals appears to be linked intimately to scattering anisotropy; quantum oscillations of thermopower are orders of magnitude larger than corresponding oscillations of the magnetoresistance; a new approach to thermoelectric studies allows extension of thermopower measurements into the millikelvin region of temperature; finally, the advent of superconducting detection devices permits the precise measurement of extremely small voltages, an essential requirement in this field.

Thermoelectric Nanomaterials: 182
[Kindle Edition] (2013) Kunihito Koumoto (Author, Editor), Takao Mori (Author, Editor)

Presently, there is an intense race throughout the world to develop good enough thermoelectric materials which can be used in wide scale applications. This book focuses comprehensively on very recent up-to-date breakthroughs in thermoelectrics utilizing nanomaterials and methods based in nanoscience. Importantly, it provides the readers with methodology and concepts utilizing atomic scale and nanoscale materials design (such as superlattice structuring, atomic network structuring and properties control, electron correlation design, low dimensionality, nanostructuring, etc.). Furthermore, also indicates the applications of thermoelectrics expected for the large emerging energy market. This book has a wide appeal and application value for anyone being interested in state-of-the-art thermoelectrics and/or actual viable applications in nanotechnology.

Thermoelectric Materials 2010
Growth, Properties, Novel Characterization Methods and Applications: Volume 1267

(2014) edited by John D. Baniecki, G. Jeffrey Snyder, Jonathan A. Malen

This MRS Symposium Proceeding is an internationally recognised reference suitable for researchers and practitioners.

Thermal & thermoelectric properties of low-dimensional semiconductors
(2013) by Madhvendra Nath Tripathi (Author)

Thermoelectricity provides an alternative technological solution to our requirement of power production and refrigeration in eco-friendly manner. Thermoelectric materials with high figure-of-merit are needed to achieve the goal. The focus of this book is how the semiconductor low-dimensional structures show enhancements in thermoelectric properties.

Two alternative methods for identifying worth of semiconducting materials for thermoelectric applications are suggested. The effect of the minority charge carriers and doping amount on material performance at higher temperatures is described and it is obtained that a proper balance between two factors may decide the optimum doping level in semiconductor.

This book also describes the spatial confinement effect of acoustic phonons in free-standing quantum wells including the effect on the phonon relaxation rates, electronic transport as well as transport properties of the thermoelement. The author hopes that this book will be of interest to those interested in thermoelectric phenomena which is one of the prime clean and green energy options for future.

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