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A New Class of High Z Nanocrystalline and Textured Oxide-Based Thermoelectric…

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2007 / SBIR
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NEI Corporation
400 E Apgar Drive Somerset, NJ 08873-
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: A New Class of High Z Nanocrystalline and Textured Oxide-Based Thermoelectric Material
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNJ07JB05C
Award Amount: $99,989.00


We propose to develop high figure of merit (ZT) oxide-based thermoelectric materials. This will be accomplished by engineering a novel microstructure that will lead to reduced lattice thermal conductivity, a large Seebeck coefficient and high electronic conductivity. A new processing route to achieve the desired microstructure is proposed, which builds upon our core competency in nanomaterials synthesis and processing. The proposed oxide materials can be used at higher temperatures than currently available non-oxide based thermoelectrics. The Phase I effort, a collaboration with a leading thermoelectrics research group in the United States, will demonstrate the feasibility of fabricating a dense oxide leg with high ZT and conversion efficiency at elevated temperatures. Prototype thermoelectric devices using p- and n- oxide legs will be fabricated and tested, and efforts will be undertaken to transition the technology into the commercial arena, especially in industrial waste heat recovery.

Principal Investigator:

Amit D. Singhal
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Ganesh P. Skandan
Chief Executive Officer
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NEI Corporation
201 Circle Drive N., Suite 102/103 Piscataway, NJ 08854

EIN/Tax ID: 223568329
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Woman-Owned: No
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