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Title: Rare earth-doped materials with enhanced thermoelectric figure of merit

A thermoelectric material and a thermoelectric converter using this material. The thermoelectric material has a first component including a semiconductor material and a second component including a rare earth material included in the first component to thereby increase a figure of merit of a composite of the semiconductor material and the rare earth material relative to a figure of merit of the semiconductor material. The thermoelectric converter has a p-type thermoelectric material and a n-type thermoelectric material. At least one of the p-type thermoelectric material and the n-type thermoelectric material includes a rare earth material in at least one of the p-type thermoelectric material or the n-type thermoelectric material.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1320791
Report Number(s):
9,437,796
13/725,156
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Dec 21
Research Org:
RESEARCH TRIANGLE INSTITUTE, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE