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Title: New horizons in thermoelectric materials: Correlated electrons, organic transport, machine learning, and more

Abstract

Thermoelectrics represent a unique opportunity in energy to directly convert thermal energy or secondary waste heat into a primary resource. The development of thermoelectric materials has improved over the decades in leaps, rather than by increments-each leap forward has recapitulated the science of its time: from the crystal growth of semiconductors, to controlled doping, to nanostructuring, and to 2D confinement. Each of those leaps forward was, arguably, more a result of materials science than physics. Thermoelectrics is now ripe for another leap forward, and many probable advances rely on new physics outside of the standard band transport model of thermoelectrics. This perspective will cover a limited selection of how thermoelectrics can benefit from new discoveries in physics: wave effects in phonon transport, correlated electron physics, and unconventional transport in organic materials. We also highlight recent developments in thermoelectrics discovery aided by machine learning that may be needed to realize some of these new concepts practically. Looking ahead, developing new thermoelectric physics will also have a concomitant domino effect on adjacent fields, furthering the understanding of nonequilibrium thermal and electronic transport in novel materials.

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ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [2];  [1]; ORCiD logo [3]
  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
  2. Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)
  3. Agency for Science Technology and Research (Singapore). Inst. of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)
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Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES)
OSTI Identifier:
1603512
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1512541
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Applied Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 125; Journal Issue: 18; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

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Urban, Jeffrey J., Menon, Akanksha K., Tian, Zhiting, Jain, Anubhav, and Hippalgaonkar, Kedar. New horizons in thermoelectric materials: Correlated electrons, organic transport, machine learning, and more. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1063/1.5092525.
Urban, Jeffrey J., Menon, Akanksha K., Tian, Zhiting, Jain, Anubhav, & Hippalgaonkar, Kedar. New horizons in thermoelectric materials: Correlated electrons, organic transport, machine learning, and more. United States. doi:10.1063/1.5092525.
Urban, Jeffrey J., Menon, Akanksha K., Tian, Zhiting, Jain, Anubhav, and Hippalgaonkar, Kedar. Tue . "New horizons in thermoelectric materials: Correlated electrons, organic transport, machine learning, and more". United States. doi:10.1063/1.5092525. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1603512.
@article{osti_1603512,
title = {New horizons in thermoelectric materials: Correlated electrons, organic transport, machine learning, and more},
author = {Urban, Jeffrey J. and Menon, Akanksha K. and Tian, Zhiting and Jain, Anubhav and Hippalgaonkar, Kedar},
abstractNote = {Thermoelectrics represent a unique opportunity in energy to directly convert thermal energy or secondary waste heat into a primary resource. The development of thermoelectric materials has improved over the decades in leaps, rather than by increments-each leap forward has recapitulated the science of its time: from the crystal growth of semiconductors, to controlled doping, to nanostructuring, and to 2D confinement. Each of those leaps forward was, arguably, more a result of materials science than physics. Thermoelectrics is now ripe for another leap forward, and many probable advances rely on new physics outside of the standard band transport model of thermoelectrics. This perspective will cover a limited selection of how thermoelectrics can benefit from new discoveries in physics: wave effects in phonon transport, correlated electron physics, and unconventional transport in organic materials. We also highlight recent developments in thermoelectrics discovery aided by machine learning that may be needed to realize some of these new concepts practically. Looking ahead, developing new thermoelectric physics will also have a concomitant domino effect on adjacent fields, furthering the understanding of nonequilibrium thermal and electronic transport in novel materials.},
doi = {10.1063/1.5092525},
journal = {Journal of Applied Physics},
number = 18,
volume = 125,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {5}
}

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