The search for new materials with enhanced thermoelectric properties continues to be of central importance in thermoelectricity. It has been challenging to increase the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT. With the development of nanotechnology, ZT values of nanostructured materials are predicted to be enhanced by classical size effects and quantum confinement effects providing the opportunities to control materials parameters independently. We explore the thermoelectric/ thermal transport in quantum engineered materials platforms. Both materials platform hybrid organic and inorganic heterostructures and development of new characterization techniques is being investigated.
Members:Jayakanth R. / Mitsuhide T. / Fereshte G. / Jesse C.