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Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals

United States Patent

August 13, 2013
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Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals can simultaneously have a large Seebeck coefficient, high electrical conductivity, and low thermal conductivity. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials can enable improved thermoelectric devices, such as thermoelectric generators and coolers, with improved performance. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials and devices can be fabricated using techniques that are compatible with standard microelectronics.
El-Kady; Ihab F. (Albuquerque, NM), Olsson; Roy H. (Albuquerque, NM), Hopkins; Patrick (Albuquerque, NM), Reinke; Charles (Albuquerque, NM), Kim; Bongsang (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 156,647
June 9, 2011
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention.