Thermoelectric power factor of nanocomposite materials from two-dimensional quantum transport simulations

  title={Thermoelectric power factor of nanocomposite materials from two-dimensional quantum transport simulations},
  author={Samuel Foster and Mischa Thesberg and Neophytos Neophytou},
  journal={Physical Review B},
Nanocomposites are promising candidates for the next generation of thermoelectric materials since they exhibit extremely low thermal conductivities as a result of phonon scattering on the boundaries of the various material phases. The nanoinclusions, however, should not degrade the thermoelectric power factor, and ideally should increase it, so that benefits to the ZT figure of merit can be achieved. In this work we employ the nonequilibrium Green's function quantum transport method to… 
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