Project TitleDoped Tin Selenium Single Crystals
Track Code2014-015, 2014-170
Short Description

Novel single crystal material for conversion of heat to electricity

#materials #energy #thermoelectric #electronic


The increasing demand for electricity has motivated many researchers to develop strategies for increasing power production while reducing energy waste. Northwestern scientists have developed a new material for generation of thermoelectric power from waste heat. This material is generated by sodium doping of tin selenium crystals, which enhances conductivity 100 fold. Prof. Kanatzidis and colleagues have found that in laboratory conditions this material has a calculated conversion efficiency of about 25.4%, approaching the 30% Carnot heat engine efficiency. The high conversion efficiency of this innovative material, combined with its favorable thermal properties could lead to its incorporation into thermoelectric power generators in the future.

Tagsenergy, ENERGY: thermoelectric, materials
Posted DateJun 12, 2015 2:51 PM


Mercouri Kanatzidis*

Li-Dong Zhao


  • Generation of thermoelectric power
  • Thermal barrier devices


  • Excellent electrical transport
  • Ultralow thermal conductivity
  • High conversion efficiency (25.4%)


IP Status

A US patent application has been filed.

Contact Information

Dimitra Georganopoulou, PhD

Invention Manager

(p) 847.467.3095