Porous Silicon and Thermoelectrics

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The motivation for, and performance of, silicon nanostructures including porous silicon in thermoelectrics is reviewed. A high thermoelectric figure of merit ZT ~1 has been achieved with a single silicon nanowire and ZT ~0.5 for a porous nanowire array. Very high Seebeck coefficients (3.2 mVK−1) have been achieved in compressed nanoparticles. Data is also presented relevant to two key factors limiting performance in bulk powders. The original size of silicon particles has a significant effect on the thermal conductivities of densified pellets. The intrinsic low electric conductivity can be improved by doping either nanocrystals or surface conductive ligands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Porous Silicon
EditorsLeigh Canham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-04508-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-04508-5
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2016


  • Porous silicon
  • Nanowire
  • Nanostructure
  • Thermoelectrics
  • Seebeck coefficient

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