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Thermoelectrics and other Energy Conversion Materials

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Materials Measurement Science Division

RO# Location
50.64.31.B6767 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Green, Martin L. martin.green@nist.gov 301.975.8496
Wong-Ng, Winnie Kwai-Wah winnie.wong-ng@nist.gov 301.975.5791

Description

The energy crisis has spurred intensive research activities in energy conversion materials. For example, recent improvements in thermoelectric conversion efficiency have made thermoelectric materials attractive to the automotive industry for waste heat recovery applications, as well as in the environmental arena for reliable solid-state refrigeration. Specific research activities include (1) structure and property (Seeback coefficient, electrical resistivity, and thermal conductivity) measurements of novel thermoelectric materials, (2) development of a novel method for high-temperature Seebeck coefficient measurements, (3) deposition of combinatorial thin film libraries using a state-of-the-art sputtering-pulsed laser tool, and (4) utilization of NIST first-in-world high throughput techniques for mapping Seebeck coefficient and electricity resistivity. The thermoelectric materials may be quantum dots, thin films, single crystals, or bulk metals, alloys or oxides. Opportunities exist to investigate other materials and devices and develop additional high-throughput methods for batteries, photovoltaics, photocatalysis, super-capacitors, and sustainable energy.

 

Keywords:
Batteries; Combinatorial methods; Energy conversion materials; Photocatalysis; Photovoltaics; Super-capacitors; Sustainable energy; Thermoelectric materials; Thin films and multilayer structures;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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