Thermoelectric Materials Based on Tetrahedrite Structure for Thermoelectric Devices

Tech ID: 24590 / UC Case 2013-066-0

Innovation

Professor Vidvuds Ozolins and colleagues have devised a new class of lightweight and low-cost compounds for thermoelectric devices. Traditionally, thermoelectric materials are comprised of elements that are toxic, and of low abundance. This technology utilizes earth-abundant, light atomic mass compounds with tetrahedrite structures to produce high-efficiency thermoelectrics via basic, scalable processing techniques. The technology has potential applications in numerous energy-related industries, including automotive and solar cells.

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
China Issued Patent ZL2013800360335 05/07/2019 2013-066
Japan Issued Patent 6219386 10/06/2017 2013-066
United States Of America Issued Patent 9,673,369 06/06/2017 2013-066
United States Of America Published Application 2018233646 08/16/2018 2013-066
United States Of America Published Application 20170331023 11/16/2017 2013-066
Canada Published Application WO2014008414 01/09/2014 2013-066
Republic Of Korea (South Korea) Published Application WO2014008414 01/09/2014 2013-066
 

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Inventors

  • Ozolins, Vidvuds

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Keywords

Thermoelectrics, tetrahedrite, solar cells

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