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An artist’s conception of how applying pressure in the diamond anvil cell changes the electronic structure of lead selenide, courtesy of Xiao-Jia Chen.
Pressure may be key to fighting climate change with thermoelectric generators

October 8, 2019

 Pressure improves the ability of materials to turn heat into electricity and could potentially be used to create…
A new way to turn heat into energy

September 24, 2019

Scientists find new way to capture heat that otherwise would have been lost. An international team of scientists…
Beat the heat

July 11, 2019

It’s estimated that as much as two-thirds of energy consumed in the U.S. each year is wasted as…
MagLab scientists discover thermoelectric properties in promising class of materials

June 12, 2019

Exploring an area overlooked by other scientists, physicists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory…
Materials—Engineering heat transport

June 5, 2019

Scientists have discovered a way to alter heat transport in thermoelectric materials, a finding that may ultimately improve…
Energizing heat for smart appliances

November 21, 2018

Scientists are getting closer to designing thermoelectric materials that efficiently harvest heat from the surrounding environment and convert…
Turning up the heat on thermoelectrics

May 28, 2018

Imagine being able to power your car partly from the heat that its engine gives off. Or what…
System Developed at MIT Generates Power from Daily Temperature Fluctuations

February 19, 2018

Researchers at MIT had recently developed a system capable of converting fluctuations in temperature which occur during the…
Turning heat into electricity

January 17, 2018

What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun’s heat during…
Hot bodies are attractive

December 11, 2017

Our physical attraction to hot bodies is real, according to UC Berkeley physicists. To be clear, they’re not…
New technology using magnet to generate electricity from heat

December 7, 2017

University of Tokyo researchers and their collaborators at RIKEN observed an unexpectedly large thermomagnetic effect, called the anomalous…
Lust for power (through thermoelectricity)

March 21, 2017

Thanks to the discovery of a new material by University of Utah engineers, jewelry such as a ring…
For This Metal, Electricity Flows, But Not the Heat

January 30, 2017

There’s a known rule-breaker among materials, and a new discovery by an international team of scientists adds more…
Spacecraft ‘Nuclear Batteries’ Could Get a Boost from New Materials

October 17, 2016

No extension cord is long enough to reach another planet, and there’s no spacecraft charging station along the…
Putting new energy into fashion

May 24, 2016

An ESA-backed start-up company is working with fashion students to incorporate energy-harvesting devices in new space-inspired high-fashion designs.…
Molecular accordion’ drives thermoelectric behavior in promising material

October 20, 2015

Engines, laptops and power plants generate waste heat. Thermoelectric materials, which convert temperature gradients to electricity and vice…
Is Black Phosphorous the Next Big Thing in Materials?

October 19, 2015

A new experimental revelation about black phosphorus nanoribbons should facilitate the future application of this highly promising material…
Can Heat Be Controlled as Waves?

June 25, 2015

A growing interest in thermoelectric materials – which convert waste heat to electricity – and pressure to improve…
ANL chemist receives Eni Award for work with thermoelectrics

June 16, 2015

Chemist Mercouri Kanatzidis of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has received the Eni Award…
Researchers first to measure thermoelectric behavior by ‘Tinkertoy’ materials

May 23, 2015

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have made the first measurements of thermoelectric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF),…
Defects Can “Hulk-Up” Materials

May 22, 2015

In the story of the Marvel Universe superhero known as the Hulk, exposure to gamma radiation transforms scientist…
First Scientific Publication from Data Collected at NSLS-II

March 5, 2015

Just weeks after the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) achieved first light, the team of scientists at…
Running on waste heat: thermoelectric devices turn waste heat into electricity for vehicles and other machines

August 11, 2014

It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. energy — from vehicles and heavy equipment, for instance — is…
New technology to turn waste heat into electricity

June 11, 2014

Researchers at DTU have developed a thermoelectric module made of ceramic materials with the capacity to utilize waste…
New analysis explains why some materials are good thermal insulators while similar ones are not

April 30, 2014

Materials that can be used for thermoelectric devices — those that turn a temperature difference into an electric…
Spintronic Thermoelectric Power Generators

March 25, 2014

Imagine a computer so efficient that it can recycle its own waste heat to produce electricity. While such…
A flexible heat conductor using carbon nanotube arrays

December 30, 2013

It is hoped that new techniques for thermoelectric power generation using relatively low-temperature waste heat such as motor…
Researchers develop technique to convert thermoelectric material into high performance electricity

November 20, 2013

Pooja Puneet, Ph.D., the lead author on the article published in Scientific Reports and Prof. Jian He discuss their custom-made…
‘Cool’ thermoelectric invention wins first place at MADMEC

October 17, 2013

Heating or cooling certain parts of your body — such as applying a warm towel to your forehead…
Moving Heat Sideways with Transverse Thermoelectrics

July 1, 2013

McCormick researchers develop strategy to fabricate semiconductors that drive heat perpendicular to an applied electric current. Thermoelectrics —…
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