Periodic Reporting for period 1 - TELIOTES (Thermal and ELectronic Transport in Inorganic-Organic ThermoElectric Superlattices)
Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2020-09-30
Therefore, this project has focused on finding the deformations that increase the thermoelectric efficiency of state-of-the-art materials. These materials are investigated with computer simulations since they have a thickness of a few nanometres, which makes an experimental study much lengthier and more expensive.
This action is important to society because it shows that computer simulations can screen which of the newly-discovered two-dimensional materials have a significant potential to build thermoelectric devices. Subsequently, this project is not only aimed at policymakers and medical doctors to show them the benefits of fundamental research on thermoelectric materials, but also at the scientific community and patent engineers to provide cutting-edge results to guide them in building the next generation of medical devices.
The main result of this project is that our simulations predict that the compression of trichalcogenides monolayers can double their figure of merit, the key parameter that governs the efficiency of a thermoelectric material. All the results of this project have been published on the journals Nanomaterials, Nano Express, and Nanoscale Advances and disseminated in a number of conferences such as the International Conferences on Thermoelectrics (ICT2019) and the Virtual Conference on thermoelectrics (VCT 2020).