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Nanostructures having high performance thermoelectric properties

United States Patent

December 22, 2015
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The invention provides for a nanostructure, or an array of such nanostructures, each comprising a rough surface, and a doped or undoped semiconductor. The nanostructure is an one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure, such a nanowire, or a two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructure. The nanostructure can be placed between two electrodes and used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.
Yang; Peidong (El Cerrito, CA), Majumdar; Arunava (Orinda, CA), Hochbaum; Allon I. (Berkeley, CA), Chen; Renkun (Berkeley, CA), Delgado; Raul Diaz (Berkeley, CA)
The Regents of The University of California (Oakland, CA)
14/ 226,569
March 26, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT The invention described and claimed herein was made in part utilizing funds supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231. The government has certain rights in this invention.