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Title: Semiclassical model for thermoelectric transport in nanocomposites

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0001299; FG02-09ER46577
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 82; Journal Issue: 11; Related Information: S3TEC partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (lead); Boston College; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Journal ID: ISSN 1098-0121
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
solar (photovoltaic), solar (thermal), solid state lighting, phonons, thermal conductivity, thermoelectric, defects, mechanical behavior, charge transport, spin dynamics, materials and chemistry by design, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing)

Citation Formats

Zhou, Jun, Li, Xiaobo, Chen, Gang, and Yang, Ronggui. Semiclassical model for thermoelectric transport in nanocomposites. United States: N. p., 2010. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.82.115308.
Zhou, Jun, Li, Xiaobo, Chen, Gang, & Yang, Ronggui. Semiclassical model for thermoelectric transport in nanocomposites. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.82.115308.
Zhou, Jun, Li, Xiaobo, Chen, Gang, and Yang, Ronggui. Wed . "Semiclassical model for thermoelectric transport in nanocomposites". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.82.115308.
title = {Semiclassical model for thermoelectric transport in nanocomposites},
author = {Zhou, Jun and Li, Xiaobo and Chen, Gang and Yang, Ronggui},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.82.115308},
journal = {Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics},
issn = {1098-0121},
number = 11,
volume = 82,
place = {United States},
year = {2010},
month = {9}

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