Carbon nanotube-guided thermopower waves
Author(s)Choi, Wonjoon; Abrahamson, Joel T.; Strano, Jennifer M.; Strano, Michael S.; Wonjoon, Choi
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Thermopower waves are a new concept for the direct conversion of chemical to electrical energy. A nanowire with large axial thermal diffusivity can accelerate a self-propagating reaction wave using a fuel coated along its length. The reaction wave drives electrical carriers in a thermopower wave, creating a high-power pulse of as much as 7 kW/kg in experiments using carbon nanotubes. We review nanomaterials designed to overcome limitations of thermoelectricity and explore the emerging scientific and practical outlook for devices using thermopower waves.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Chemical Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering
Choi, Wonjoon, Joel T. Abrahamson, Jennifer M. Strano, and Michael S. Strano. “Carbon Nanotube-Guided Thermopower Waves.” Materials Today 13, no. 10 (October 2010): 22–33. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
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