Computational Simulations of Thermoelectric Transport Properties

- Journal title : Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society
- Volume 53, Issue 3, 2016, pp.273-281
- Publisher : The Korean Ceramic Society
- DOI : 10.4191/kcers.2016.53.3.273

Title & Authors

Computational Simulations of Thermoelectric Transport Properties

Ryu, Byungki; Oh, Min-Wook;

Ryu, Byungki; Oh, Min-Wook;

Abstract

This review examines computational simulations of thermoelectric properties, such as electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity. With increasing computing power and the development of several efficient simulation codes for electronic structure and transport properties calculations, we can evaluate all the thermoelectric properties within the first-principles calculations with the relaxation time approximation. This review presents the basic principles of electrical and thermal transport equations and how they evaluate properties from the first-principles calculations. As a model case, this review presents results on and Si. Even though there is still an unsolved parameter such as the relaxation time, the effectiveness of the computational simulations on the transport properties will provide much help to experimental scientist researching novel thermoelectric materials.

Keywords

Thermoelectric properties;Computational simulations;Seebeck coefficient;Electrical conductivity;Thermal conductivity;

Language

English

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