Enhanced average thermoelectric figure of merit of n-type PbTe1-xIx-MgTe

Priyanka Jood, Michihiro Ohta, Masaru Kunii, Xiaokai Hu, Hirotaka Nishiate, Atsushi Yamamoto, Mercouri G Kanatzidis

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The thermoelectric properties of sintered samples of n-type PbTe1-xIx-yMgTe (x = 0.0012-0.006; y = 0 and 1%) were investigated over the temperature range of 300 K to 900 K. Scanning electron microscopy revealed two different length scales of grains in samples with higher I and MgTe contents, while a homogenous microstructure for samples with a lower dopant content. Transmission electron microscopy revealed ubiquitous spherical nanoprecipitates in PbTe1-xIx with MgTe and nanoscale disk like precipitates in both, PbTe1-xIx with and without MgTe. The nanostructured PbTe showed higher Seebeck coefficients than expected values. We also observed a slower rate of increase in the electrical resistivity with rising temperature in PbTe1-xIx-yMgTe below ∼550 K, leading to a higher thermoelectric power factor. The nanostructures and mixed microstructures scatter phonons, reducing the lattice thermal conductivity as low as 0.4 W K-1 m-1 at 600 K. A high ZT of 1.2 at 700 K was achieved as well as a high average ZT of 0.8 was observed in PbTe0.996I0.004-1 mol% MgTe for a cold-side temperature of 303 K and a hot-side temperature of 873 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10401-10408
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Volume3
Issue number40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Temperature
Microstructure
Seebeck coefficient
Thermoelectric power
Phonons
Precipitates
Nanostructures
Thermal conductivity
Doping (additives)
Transmission electron microscopy
Scanning electron microscopy

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Enhanced average thermoelectric figure of merit of n-type PbTe1-xIx-MgTe. / Jood, Priyanka; Ohta, Michihiro; Kunii, Masaru; Hu, Xiaokai; Nishiate, Hirotaka; Yamamoto, Atsushi; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

In: Journal of Materials Chemistry C, Vol. 3, No. 40, 2015, p. 10401-10408.

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Jood, P, Ohta, M, Kunii, M, Hu, X, Nishiate, H, Yamamoto, A & Kanatzidis, MG 2015, 'Enhanced average thermoelectric figure of merit of n-type PbTe1-xIx-MgTe', Journal of Materials Chemistry C, vol. 3, no. 40, pp. 10401-10408. https://doi.org/10.1039/c5tc01652e
Jood, Priyanka ; Ohta, Michihiro ; Kunii, Masaru ; Hu, Xiaokai ; Nishiate, Hirotaka ; Yamamoto, Atsushi ; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G. / Enhanced average thermoelectric figure of merit of n-type PbTe1-xIx-MgTe. In: Journal of Materials Chemistry C. 2015 ; Vol. 3, No. 40. pp. 10401-10408.
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