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Performance of Nanoscale Quantum Well Thermoelectrics

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Daniel Krommenhoek, Norbert Elsner, Saeid Ghamaty, Velimir Jovanovic

Hi-Z Technology, Inc., San Diego, CA

Paper No. ENIC2007-45009, pp. 33-38; 6 pages
  • ASME 2007 2nd Energy Nanotechnology International Conference
  • ASME 2007 2nd Energy Nanotechnology International Conference
  • Santa Clara, California, USA, September 5–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Nanotechnology Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4799-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3807-2
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Alternating 10 nm thermoelectric films of N-type Si/SiGe and P-type Si/SiGe and B4 C/B9 C have been fabricated on various substrates, electrically joined and thermoelectric properties measured from 40°K up to 700°K. These nanoscale thermoelectric films demonstrate excellent thermoelectric power factors significantly higher than current bulk thermoelectric materials. The implications of the measured thermoelectric Seebeck coefficient data and electrical resistivity data for alternating 10 nm films that are grown to thicknesses of one to 10 microns means efficiencies of 15% at 200°C temperature differences and efficiencies of 30% at 400°C temperature differences. Utilizing Seebeck and resistivity data obtained by Hi-Z and UCSD, along with published bulk thermal conductivity data, which is conservative, unique thermoelectric module and generator concept designs for both power generation and cooling are presented over wide temperature and power ranges.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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