Enhancement of thermoelectric figure of merit by the iNSERTION OF MgTe nanostructures In p -type PbTe doped with Na 2 Te

Michihiro Ohta, Kanishka Biswas, Shih Han Lo, Jiaqing He, Duck Young Chung, Vinayak P. Dravid, Mercouri G Kanatzidis

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The thermoelectric properties of crystalline melt-grown ingots of p -type PbTe- x MgTe ( x = 1-3 mol%) doped with Na 2 Te (1-2 mol%) were investigated over the temperature range of 300 K to 810 K. While the powder X-ray diffraction patterns show that all samples crystallize in the NaCl-type structure with no MgTe or other phases present, transmission electron microscopy reveals ubiquitous MgTe nanoprecipitates in the PbTe. The very small amounts of MgTe in PbTe have only a small effect on the electrical transport properties of the system, while they have a large effect on thermal transport signifi cantly reducing the lattice thermal conductivity. A ZT of 1.6 at 780 K is achieved for the PbTe containing 2% MgTe doped with 2% Na 2 Te.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1117-1123
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Volume2
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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Enhancement of thermoelectric figure of merit by the iNSERTION OF MgTe nanostructures In p -type PbTe doped with Na 2 Te. / Ohta, Michihiro; Biswas, Kanishka; Lo, Shih Han; He, Jiaqing; Chung, Duck Young; Dravid, Vinayak P.; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.

In: Advanced Energy Materials, Vol. 2, No. 9, 09.2012, p. 1117-1123.

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Ohta, Michihiro ; Biswas, Kanishka ; Lo, Shih Han ; He, Jiaqing ; Chung, Duck Young ; Dravid, Vinayak P. ; Kanatzidis, Mercouri G. / Enhancement of thermoelectric figure of merit by the iNSERTION OF MgTe nanostructures In p -type PbTe doped with Na 2 Te. In: Advanced Energy Materials. 2012 ; Vol. 2, No. 9. pp. 1117-1123.
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