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Nonadiabatic Chemical to Electrical Energy Conversion in Planar Schottky Nanostructures

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Eduard G. Karpov

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL

Ievgen Nedrygailov

Universität Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany

Paper No. IMECE2010-40634, pp. 1247-1249; 3 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 5: Energy Systems Analysis, Thermodynamics and Sustainability; NanoEngineering for Energy; Engineering to Address Climate Change, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4429-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Nonadiabatic energy dissipation by electron subsystem of nanostructured solids unveil interesting opportunities for the solid-state energy conversion and sensor applications. We found that planar Pd/n-SiC, Pt/n-GaP and Pd/n-GaP Schottky structures with nanometer thickness metallization demonstrates a nonadiabatic channel for the conversion into electricity the energy of a catalytic hydrogen-to-water oxidation process on the metal layer surface. The observed abovethermal current greatly complements the usual thermionic emission current, and its magnitude is linearly proportional to the rate of formation and desorption of product water molecules from the nanostructure surface. The possibilities and advantages of utilizing the nonadiabatic functionality in a novel class of chemical-to-electrical energy conversion devices are discussed. The technology has a potential for a very high volumetric energy density due to the intrinsically planar device architecture.

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