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University of Arizona

Molecular Thermoelectric Devices (Simulation)

Caption: A "forest" of molecules holds the promise of turning waste heat into electricity. UA physicists discovered that because of quantum effects, electron waves traveling along the backbone of each molecule interfere with each other, leading to the buildup of a voltage between the hot and cold electrodes (the golden structures on the bottom and top).

Credit: Justin Bergfield, University of Arizona

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