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Semiconductor nanowire thermoelectric materials and devices, and processes for producing same

United States Patent

February 15, 2011
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The present invention provides nanowires and nanoribbons that are well suited for use in thermoelectric applications. The nanowires and nanoribbons are characterized by a periodic longitudinal modulation, which may be a compositional modulation or a strain-induced modulation. The nanowires are constructed using lithographic techniques from thin semiconductor membranes, or "nanomembranes."
Lagally; Max G. (Madison, WI), Evans; Paul G. (Madison, WI), Ritz; Clark S. (Middleton, WI)
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI)
11/ 745,156
May 7, 2007
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT RIGHTS Research funding was provided for this invention by the Department of Energy (DOE) under Grant Number DE-FG02-03ER46028. The federal government has certain rights in this invention.