Minimal Entropy Production and Efficiency of Energy Conversion in Nonlinear Thermoelectric Systems with Two Temperatures

@article{Rogolino2017MinimalEP,
  title={Minimal Entropy Production and Efficiency of Energy Conversion in Nonlinear Thermoelectric Systems with Two Temperatures},
  author={Patrizia Rogolino and Antonio Sellitto and Vito Antonio Cimmelli},
  journal={Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics},
  year={2017},
  volume={42},
  pages={287 - 303}
}
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