Fabrication of thermoelectric materials-thermal stability and repeatability of achieved efficiencies

AMINORROAYA YAMINI, Sima, BREWIS, M., BYRNES, J., SANTOS, R., MANETTAS, A. and PEI, Y.Z. (2015). Fabrication of thermoelectric materials-thermal stability and repeatability of achieved efficiencies. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 3 (40), 10610-10615.

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    Metal chalcogenides have delivered the highest efficiencies among thermoelectric materials. Although the thermal stability of thermoelectric materials at device operating temperatures has been of concern, recent studies have reported the efficiencies of materials prepared with different fabrication techniques. Here, we have fabricated a p-type, multiphase lead chalcogenide compound of (PbTe)0.55(PbS)0.35(PbSe)0.1, with three common fabrication techniques of quenched, quenched–annealed and furnace cooled followed by spark plasma sintering. The compound contains PbS-rich precipitates within a PbTe-rich matrix. The achieved samples from various fabrication procedures demonstrate distinct microstructures that evolve with thermal cycling. We have shown that the thermoelectric efficiency of metastable compound is irreversible during thermal cycling, and changes by only three thermal cycles during measurements. Our findings highlight the importance of the choice of fabrication and post-processing techniques for thermoelectric materials.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Engineering Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1039/c5tc02210j
    Page Range: 10610-10615
    Depositing User: Sima Aminorroaya Yamini
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 10:50
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 11:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15947

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