Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Thermal Properties of Nanostructure Materials Major Professor: Dr. Nick Robert
Thermoelectrics provide a method for power generation from the recapture of waste heat. Currently, the high cost and low efficiency of thermoelectrics keeps them from being a competitive method. In the past several decades, the research community has been focused on improving the efficiency of thermoelectrics by reducing the thermal conductivity (therefore reducing parasitic thermal loss) through nanostructuring, but only recently has the community looked into producing low cost methods for producing nanostructured materials.