Enhancement of thermoelectric power factor in composite thermoelectrics

David J. Bergman, Leonid G. Fel

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An approach is described for obtaining improved values for the thermoelectric power factor by making a composite where one constituent is a `high quality thermoelectric' while the other constituent is a `benign metal,' with large electrical and thermal conductivities but poor thermoelectric properties. The calculated results for a composite mixture of Cu and of the high quality thermoelectric alloy (Bi2Te3)0.2(Sb2Te3)0.8 are presented as an example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-79
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Conference on Thermoelectrics, ICT, Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
Event18th International Conference on Thermoelectrics (ICT'99) - Baltimore, MD, USA
Duration: 29 Aug 19992 Sep 1999


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