Seebeck effect in molecular junctions

J Phys Condens Matter. 2016 May 11;28(18):183002. doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/28/18/183002. Epub 2016 Apr 13.

Abstract

Advances in the fabrication and characterization of nanoscale systems presently allow for a better understanding of their thermoelectric properties. As is known, the building blocks of thermoelectricity are the Peltier and Seebeck effects. In the present work we review results of theoretical studies of the Seebeck effect in single-molecule junctions and similar systems. The behavior of thermovoltage and thermopower in these systems is controlled by several factors including the geometry of molecular bridges, the characteristics of contacts between the bridge and the electrodes, the strength of the Coulomb interactions between electrons on the bridge, and of electron-phonon interactions. We describe the impact of these factors on the thermopower. Also, we discuss a nonlinear Seebeck effect in molecular junctions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.