Open Call for Papers: Advanced materials for thermoelectric systems

RSC Advances (Royal Society of Chemistry) is delighted to announce a new themed collection on Advanced materials for thermoelectric systems.

This collection is Guest Edited by Dr. Maiyong Zhu (Jiangsu University, China), Prof. JungHo Kim (University of Wollongong, Australia) & Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Ali (King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia)

This special collection aims to showcase the latest advancements in the field of thermoelectric systems and their diverse applications in various domains.

Besides developing more green energy technologies, improving the current energy efficiency is also urgent for realizing double carbon goals (carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals). Thermoelectric materials have gathered huge interest for their ability to harvest and convert the waste heat into useful electrical energy. They are expected to play a significant role in self-power wearable electronics depending on the temperature gradient between human body and the environment. Furthermore, thanks to their high cooling power density and the potential to be miniaturized and incorporated into chips, thermoelectric systems provide a compact all-solid-state solution for thermal management of advanced microelectronic/optoelectronic devices. In addition, thermoelectric systems may offer more opportunities to utilize renewable clean energies since there are abundant heat source around us, such as solar, geothermal, microwave irradiation, and so on. The past decades gave witness to the substantial achievement of thermoelectric research in view of innovative concepts, strategies to improve thermoelectric performance of conventional thermoelectric materials, and advanced materials systems.

Notably, although substantial progress has been made in the area of thermoelectric systems, there are still numerous challenges. For example, the low efficiency and high cost of current thermoelectric materials restricted the wide and practical application of thermoelectric. Interdisciplinary efforts are required for solving these issues and exploring high performance thermoelectric. Both engineering the existing thermoelectric materials need knowledge and techniques from different fields such as heat transfer, microelectronics, solid state physics, synthetic chemistry and nano science. In addition, it is also necessary to further develop the surrounding technologies, and there are practical requirements which need to be taken into account in depth. Specially, some in-situ techniques are need to reveal the beyond scientific principles.

Considering above context, it is meaningful for this themed collection of advance materials for thermoelectric systems to highlight recent key progress in studies related to thermoelectric systems, covering design, enhancement, and application of all thermoelectric systems. Both original research and review articles are welcome in this themed collection.

Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Synthesis and characterization of novel thermoelectric materials
  • Strategies to improve performance of traditional thermoelectric materials
  • Thermoelectric systems for recovery industry waste heat
  • Thermoelectric generators
  • Thermoelectric cooling devices
  • Electrolytes for thermoelectrical cells
  • Thermal charging cells
  • Thermal self-power devices


We welcome your submission to the collection! Both papers and review articles will be considered for this themed collection. To be suitable for consideration, RSC Advances submissions should provide insight that advances the chemistry field.

The deadline for manuscript submission is 31st October 2024. 

All manuscripts will be subject to the journal’s usual peer review process. Accepted manuscripts will be published in a regular issue of the journal as soon as possible and then added to the themed collection on the journal webpage.

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If you would like to submit to this themed collection the manuscript should be prepared according to our article guidelines and submitted via our online system any time before the submission deadline. During submission, authors will be asked if they are submitting for a themed collection and should include the name of the themed collection. If you would like to submit but require additional time to prepare your article, please do let us know by contacting the journal.

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