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THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS BASED ON TETRAHEDRITE STRUCTURE FOR THERMOELECTRIC DEVICES

United States Patent Application

20160141481
A1
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Thermoelectric materials based on tetrahedrite structures for thermoelectric devices and methods for producing thermoelectric materials and devices are disclosed. The thermoelectric device has a pair of conductors and a p-type thermoelectric material disposed between the conductors. The thermoelectric material is at least partially formed of a hot pressed high energy milled tetrahedrite formed of tetrahedrite ore and pure elements to form a tetrahedrite powder of Cu12-xMxSb4S13 disposed between the conductors, where M is at least one of Zn and Fe.
MORELLI, Donald T. (White Lake, MI), LU, Xu (East Lansing, MI)
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY (East Lansing MI)
14/ 901,206
July 3, 2014
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0001] This invention was made with Government support under Grant No. DE-SC0001054 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.