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The Scanning Hot Probe Technique for Seebeck Coefficient Characterization

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Claudiu L. Hapenciuc, Theodorian Borca-Tasciuc

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Paper No. IMECE2006-16295, pp. 599-601; 3 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Heat Transfer, Volume 1
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4784-5 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Highly efficient solid-state thermoelectric energy conversion requires materials with a large thermoelectric figure of merit Z=σα2 /κ where α=thermoelectric power, σ=electrical conductivity, and κ=thermal conductivity [1]. Engineering the electric and thermal transport in nanostructures has emerged as a candidate for factorial enhancements in the thermoelectric figure of merit, as compared with state of the art bulk thermoelectric materials.[2-5] Recent developments in thermoelectric materials are reviewed in Ref [4]. These studies have sparked a flurry of activity to produce nanostructures for thermoelectric applications.

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