Decouple electronic and phononic transport in nanotwinned structures: a new strategy for enhancing the figure-of-merit of thermoelectrics.

@article{Zhou2017DecoupleEA,
  title={Decouple electronic and phononic transport in nanotwinned structures: a new strategy for enhancing the figure-of-merit of thermoelectrics.},
  author={Yanguang Zhou and Xiaojing Gong and Ben Xu and Ming Hu},
  journal={Nanoscale},
  year={2017},
  volume={9 28},
  pages={
          9987-9996
        }
}
Thermoelectric (TE) materials manifest themselves to enable direct conversion of temperature differences to electric power and vice versa. Though remarkable advances have been achieved in the past decades for various TE systems, the energy conversion efficiency of TE devices, which is characterized by a dimensionless figure-of-merit (ZT = S2σT/(κel + κph)), generally remains a poor factor that severely limits TE devices' competitiveness and range of employment. The bottleneck for substantially… 
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