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Alfred University (AU) recently announced it is working with TAM Ceramics and ENrG Inc. to develop ceramic oxide thermoelectric devices (TEG) that could lead to more fuel-efficient cars. Since these thermoelectric devices convert waste heat to usable electricity, using ceramic oxides will enable these devices to work at much higher temperatures, said Doreen Edwards, professor of materials science and dean of Inamori School of Engineering at AU.
Recipient of a $200,000 New York State Energy Research and Development Authority grant to improve the TEG’s performance, TAM is developing the ceramic powder while ENrG is incorporating the materials into ceramic sheets. AU will be characterizing and sintering the powders TAM develops through spark plasma sintering.
Edwards will oversee the characterization, using equipment in the Center for High Temperature Characterization, which will allow researchers to measure properties of the materials as temperatures up to 1000°C. Olivia Graeve, an AU engineering professor, will oversee the spark plasma sintering of the powders.