He found that by adding organic layers between layers of zinc it is possible to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials. The organic layers are also believed to have a major effect in reducing thermal conductivity, which would be very useful in thermoelectric materials.
The key to saving vast amounts of energy? It's right there on your kitchen counter, say scientists at Oregon State University.
According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, households in the United Kingdom use the equivalent of 7.6 million tons of oil per year to heat water.
Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new alloy capable of converting heat directly into electricity.
Waste heat, the byproduct of all kinds of machinery and processes, has long been seen as a potential source of energy - if only the capture-and-convert process could be made more efficient.