Thermoelectric generators made with novel lead telluride based materials

Chun I. Wu, Steven N. Girard, Joe Sootsman, Ed Timm, Jennifer Ni, Robert Schmidt, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, Harold Schock, Eldon D. Case, Duck Young Chung, Timothy P. Hogan

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For the material (Pb0.95Sn0.05Te)1-x(PbS) x nanostructuring from nucleation and growth and spinodal decomposition were reported to enhance the thermoelectric figure of merit over bulk PbTe, producing ZT of 1.1-1.4 at 650 K for x = 0.08[1]. Thermoelectric modules made from (Pb0.95Sn0.05Te)1-x(PbS) x materials with various hot-side metal electrodes were fabricated and tested. Short circuit current was measured on unicouples of Pb0.95Sn0.05Te - PbS 8% (n-type) legs and Ag0.9Pb9Sn9Sb 0.6Te20 (p-type) legs over 10 (A) for a hot side temperature of 870K, and a cold side of 300K. Hot pressed (Pb 0.95Sn0.05Te)1-x(PbS)x materials were also investigated for module fabrication. Investigations of the electrical properties of hot-pressed (Pb0.95Sn0.05Te) 1-x(PbS)x materials are presented along with the latest advancements in the fabrication and characteristics of modules based on the processing of these materials.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnergy Harvesting - From Fundamentals to Devices
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010
Event2009 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 30 2009Dec 4 2009

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Other2009 MRS Fall Meeting
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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