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NANOSTRUCTURED LAYERS OF THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS

United States Patent Application

20170069813
A1
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This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus related to thermoelectric materials. In one aspect, a method includes providing a plurality of nanostructures. The plurality of nanostructures comprise a thermoelectric material, with each nanostructure of the plurality of nanostructures having first ligands disposed on a surface of the nanostructure. The plurality of nanostructures is mixed with a solution containing second ligands and a ligand exchange process occurs in which the first ligands disposed on the plurality of nanostructures are replaced with the second ligands. The plurality of nanostructures is deposited on a substrate to form a layer. The layer is thermally annealed.
Urban, Jeffrey J. (Emeryville, CA), Lynch, Jared (Fremont, CA), Coates, Nelson (Oakland, CA), Forster, Jason (Berkeley, CA), Sahu, Ayaskanta (Berkeley, CA), Chabinyc, Michael (Santa Barbara, CA), Russ, Boris (Berkeley, CA)
The Regents of the University of California (Oakland CA)
15/ 254,412
September 1, 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. FA9550-12-1-0002 awarded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The government has certain rights in this invention.