Simultaneous improvement in electrical and thermal properties of interface-engineered BiSbTe nanostructured thermoelectric materials

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Journal of Alloys and Compounds, ISSN: 0925-8388, Vol: 689, Page: 899-907

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Jo, Seungki, Park, Sung Hoon, Ban, Hyeong Woo, Gu, Da Hwi, Kim, Song Seo, Son, Ji Hee, Hong, Hyo-Ki, Lee, Zonghoon, Han, Hyoung-Su, Jo, Wook, Lee, Ji Eun, Son, Jae Sung Show More Hide
Engineering, Materials Science, Energy filtering effect, Interface engineering, Nanostructured thermoelectric materials, Thermal conductivity, ZT
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Over the past decade, nanostructuring has become the core of thermoelectric (TE) material research because it creates numerous internal interfaces that provide an effective way to tune the electrical and/or thermal properties of TE materials. Herein, we report a synthesis of interface-engineered BiSbTe nanostructured TE materials by introducing chemically synthesized molecular Te polyanions into BiSbTe particles, from which BiSbTe nanostructured materials with high-density Te interfacial layers are prepared in thin films and sintered pellets. These Te layers form the contact potential well at the BiSbTe-Te junction to realize energy dependent carrier scattering and scatter phonons effectively, thus resulting in simultaneous improvement in the electrical and thermal properties to increase the ZT value well above 1.3 ± 0.14 that is increased by 40% compared to bulk BiSbTe. The findings of current study can open up new chemical design spaces for interface-engineered electronic and TE materials.

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