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Researchers have developed a new thermoelectric material by using common minerals found pretty much anywhere there’s dirt.

“What we’ve managed to do is synthesize some compounds that have the same composition as natural minerals,” Donald Morelli, a professor of chemical engineering and materials science at Michigan State University.

“The mineral family that they mimic is one of the most abundant minerals of this type on Earth—tetrahedrites. By modifying its composition in a very small way, we produced highly efficient thermoelectric materials.”

Full story at Futurity.

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