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Introduction to Thermoelectricity

  • Covers the basics and applications of thermoelectricity and thermoelectric materials

  • Also features new nanotechnological applications

  • A reference for researchers and electrical engineers alike

  • Also suited as a study text for graduate students


Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 121)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 1-6
  3. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 63-78
  4. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 99-111
  5. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 113-138
  6. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 139-166
  7. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 167-189
  8. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 191-201
  9. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 203-220
  10. H. Julian Goldsmid
    Pages 221-233
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 1-8

About this book


Introduction to Thermoelectricity is the latest work by Professor Julian Goldsmid drawing on his 55 years experience in the field. The theory of the thermoelectric and related phenomena is presented in sufficient detail to enable researchers to understand their observations and develop improved thermoelectric materials. The methods for the selection of materials and their improvement are discussed. Thermoelectric materials for use in refrigeration and electrical generation are reviewed. Experimental techniques for the measurement of properties and for the production of thermoelements are described. Special emphasis is placed on nanotechnology which promises to yield great improvements in the efficiency of thermoelectric devices. Chapters are also devoted to transverse thermoelectric effects and thermionic energy conversion, both techniques offering the promise of important applications in the future.


Electrical generation Energy conversion Refrigeration of devices Semiconductor materials Thermoelectric principles Thermoelement electricity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of PhysicsUniversity of New South Wales School of PhysicsSydneyAustralia

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