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High performance thermoelectric nanocomposite device

United States Patent

October 25, 2011
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A thermoelectric device includes a nanocomposite material with nanowires of at least one thermoelectric material having a predetermined figure of merit, the nanowires being formed in a porous substrate having a low thermal conductivity and having an average pore diameter ranging from about 4 nm to about 300 nm.
Yang; Jihui (Lakeshore, CA), Snyder; Dexter D. (Birmingham, MI)
GM Global Technology Operations LLC (Detroit, MI)
11/ 354,685
February 15, 2006
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made in the course of research partially supported by a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), Grant No. DE-FC26.sub.--04NT42278. The U.S. government has certain rights in the invention.