Nanoparticles expand horizons for thermoelectric devices

02/6/2013 | Nanowerk

Using computer modeling to tune nanoscale materials for thermoelectric devices may soon lead to wider and possibly commercial usages, such as harnessing waste heat from power plants and engines. The concept used by MIT and Rutgers researchers is called anti-resonance, which causes electrons of most energy levels to be blocked by embedded particles while those in a narrow range of energies pass with little resistance.

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