Anomalously Large Seebeck Coefficient of CuFeS2 Derives from Large Asymmetry in the Energy Dependence of Carrier Relaxation Time

Hongyao Xie, Xianli Su, Trevor P. Bailey, Cheng Zhang, Wei Liu, Ctirad Uher, Xinfeng Tang, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

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The Seebeck effect in a material originates from the distribution of asymmetry in the electron transport under a temperature gradient, which has contributions from the energy-dependent electronic density-of-states and carrier mobility. However, because the energy dependence of common electron scattering mechanisms is weak, the mobility-driven Seebeck coefficient has long been ignored in most thermoelectric materials, and the energy asymmetry of the density-of-states has been considered the dominant contribution. In this work, we describe a hopping transport behavior observed in CuFeS2, and a large carrier Hall mobility gradient of dμH/dT that creates an unusually large energy-dependent mobility contribution to the Seebeck coefficient. This work offers several ideas regarding the mobility-driven Seebeck effect and its potential utilization in the design of thermoelectric materials.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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