In today’s society there is a great demand on energy output—in the United States alone we rely heavily on non-renewable energy sources. Thermoelectric materials may be able to be used to create more efficient energy systems or recover wasted heat from inefficient technologies. This paper focuses on the conductivity of a new thermoelectric material that incorporates copper into a tellurium nanowire PEDOT:PSS material. The addition of copper seems to increase the conductivity of the material, although the exact relationship between the percentage of copper to tellurium and its affect on the conductivity is uncertain from the results.
Koller, Michaela S.; Heyman, James; and Footh, Gunnar
"Conductivity Measurements of a Thermoelectric Nanomaterial through THz Spectroscopy,"
Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy: Vol. 5
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/mjpa/vol5/iss1/4