Nanostructured next-generation silicon based thermoelectric power reclamation (Nextstep)
Principal Investigator: Dr Nick Bennett
Funding: Science Foundation Ireland / Enterprise Ireland
In recent years, research on thermoelectric materials has intensified thanks to the exciting potential of low-dimensional structures such as nanowires. Experiments have shown that nano-structuring materials can greatly reduce their thermal transport properties, significantly enhancing thermoelectric performance. With reduced thermal conductivity, nano-structured silicon – which is plentiful and low-cost – becomes a competitive TE material, but still trails traditional TE materials in overall performance.