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CHARGED PARTICLE BEAM PROCESSING OF THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS

United States Patent Application

20160315243
A1
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This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to thermoelectric materials. In one aspect, a thermoelectric material is provided. The thermoelectric material is then irradiated with charged particles to generated native defects in the thermoelectric material. The charged particles have energies of 100 keV or greater. The irradiation of the thermoelectric material may improve its thermoelectric properties.
Wu, Junqiao (Richmond, CA), Suh, Joonki (Albany, CA), Yu, Kin M. (Lafayette, CA), Walukiewicz, Wladyslaw (Kensington, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland CA)
15/ 060,849
March 4, 2016
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT [0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy and under Grant No. DMR-1055938 (NSF CAREER Award) awarded by the National Science Foundation. The government has certain rights in this invention.