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
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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