Microelectronics, air conditioners, refrigeration cooling systems
Improve thermoelectric figures of merit to enable use of thermoelectric devices to replace Freon-based air-conditioners and refrigeration cooling systems
The invention proposes a simple test device to develop thermoelectric materials and structures, in particular those that serve as thermoelectric power generation and cooling devices. It is particularly applicable for testing devices made from thick films of superlattices and quantum dot materials. Thermoelectric devices are widely used in microelectronics, in biotechnologies, and have the potential to replace Freon-based air-conditioners and refrigeration cooling systems. They may also be used to convert heat into useful electrical power.
U.S. Patent Number 6,856,136 issued on February 15, 2005
U.S. Patent Number 7,179,986 issued on February 20, 2007
Last revised: December 2, 2010
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