Thermoelectrics with earth abundant elements: Low thermal conductivity and high thermopower in doped SnS

Qing Tan, Li Dong Zhao, Jing Feng Li, Chao Feng Wu, Tian Ran Wei, Zhi Bo Xing, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

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The thermoelectric properties of Ag-doped SnS samples synthesized by mechanical alloying followed by spark plasma sintering were studied. We report that SnS possesses a high Seebeck coefficient of >+400 μV K-1 and Ag doping increases the carrier concentration by more than four orders of magnitude giving significantly improving electrical conductivity. The thermal conductivity falls below 0.5 W m-1 K-1 at 873 K and leads to a high ZT of 0.6. The data indicate that earth-abundant and environmentally friendly SnS is a promising candidate for thermoelectric applications despite its relatively wide bandgap of 1.2 eV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17302-17306
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - Nov 7 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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