Xun Shi, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics
Bo Brummerstedt Iversen, Aarhus University
Qiang Li, Brookhaven National Lab
G. Snyder, Northwestern University
Thermo Fisher Scientific
EN10.01: Calculation of Electron and Phonon Transports
Tuesday AM, April 03, 2018
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A
10:30 AM - EN10.01.01
First-Principles Simulation of Electron and Phonon Scattering and Their Thermoelectric Transport Properties
Gang Chen1,Jiawei Zhou1,Te-Huan Liu1,Zhiwei Ding1,Qichen Song1,Qian Xu1
Massachusetts Institute of Technology1Show Abstract
This talk will discuss our recent work to simulate electron and phonon thermoelectric properties based on the density-functional theory, including electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, electronic thermal conductivity and phonon thermal conductivity. Main challenges are simulation of scattering among carriers by phonons, impurities and alloy. For electron transport simulations, the electron-phonon interactions, as well as electron-impurity and electron-alloy scatterings are computed from first-principles to obtain electron relaxation times based on Fermi’s golden rule. The energy dependent relaxation times are then used in the Boltzmann transport theory to obtain the electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and electronic thermal conductivity. For phonon transport, the anharmonic force constants are derived from first-principles and used to compute phonon relaxation times. The energy dependent mean free paths are computed for both electrons and phonons. After validating the simulation on well-characterized materials such as Si and GaAs (EPL, 109, 57006, 2015; PRL, 114, 115901, 2015; PNAS, 112, 14777, 2015; PRB, 95, 075206, 2017), we moved on to simulate thermoelectric materials such as half-Heuslers, chalcogenides and several alloy systems. We reveal that 1) large power factors often seen in half-Heuslers can be attributed to their non-bonding orbitals at the band edge, which can be protected by the crystal symmetry; 2) Dirac-like band structure allows electron mean free path filtering that can significantly enhance the Seebeck coefficient. These results led to deeper understanding of thermoelectric transport in existing materials, and also point to new directions for improving existing materials via nanostructures, as well as for discovering new material systems. This work is supported by S3TEC, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number: DE-SC0001299/DE-FG02-09ER46577.
11:00 AM - EN10.01.02
Survey on the Thermal Transport of Part-Crystalline Part-Liquid Materials
Southern University of Science & Technology1Show Abstract
The multi-component materials of chemical bond hierarchy, exhibiting the part-crystalline part-liquid (PCPL) state, have recently been proposed to be emerging candidate of thermoelectric materials. These materials contain at least two different types of sublattices, one crystalline and another one strongly disordered or liquid-like, leading to extremely low lattice thermal conductivity. This talk presents a survey on the general characteristics of the thermal transport in the PCPL materials. We also develop a molecular dynamics (MD) approach to simulate the complex thermal transport process. We compare the results in Green-Kubo method and Boltzmann transport theory to elucidate the thermal conductivity of PCPL materials by using empirical interatomic potentials fitting to the liquid-like thermoelectrics like Cu2Se. The contribution to thermal transport from each structural component, i.e. the rigid-crystalline, strongly disordered, and/or liquid-like parts, are respectively analyzed. Relationship to the minimum thermal conductivity is also discussed.
11:30 AM - EN10.01.04
Entropy Promoting Thermoelectric Performance in Multi-Components Compounds
Ruiheng Liu1,HongYi Chen1,Xun Shi1,Chen Lidong1,Wenqing Zhang2,Kunpeng Zhao1,Ctirad Uher3
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academic of Science1,Southern University of Science and Technology2,University of Michigan3Show Abstract
High-throughput explorations of novel thermoelectric materials based on the Materials Genome Initiative paradigm only focus on digging into the structure-property space using nonglobal indicators to design materials with tunable electrical and thermal transport properties. As the genomic units, following the biogene tradition, such indicators include localized crystal structural blocks in real space or band degeneracy at certain points in reciprocal space. However, this nonglobal approach does not consider how real materials differentiate from others. Here, we successfully develops a strategy of using entropy as the global gene-like performance indicator that shows how multicomponent thermoelectric materials with high entropy can be designed via a high-throughput screening method. Optimizing entropy works as an effective guide to greatly improve the thermoelectric performance through either a significantly depressed lattice thermal conductivity down to its theoretical minimum value and/or via enhancing the crystal structure symmetry to yield large Seebeck coefficients. The entropy engineering using multicomponent crystal structures or other possible techniques provides a new avenue for an improvement of the thermoelectric performance beyond the current methods and approaches.
11:45 AM - EN10.01.05
Thermoelectric Properties of Co Substituted Higher Manganese Silicide
Wang Tuo1,2,Chen Lidong1,Shi Xun1
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China Academy of Science1,University of Chinese Academy of Sciences2Show Abstract
Higher Manganese Silicide materials have the advantage of environmental-friendly, low-cost, and stable. Cobalt has one more valence electron than manganese, thus the carrier concentration can be decreased when manganese is replaced by cobalt. In addition, the lattice distortion can also be induced. Thus, the lattice thermal conductivity could be reduced too. We adopted arc melting, high temperature annealing and SPS sintering techniques to get the MnSi1.72 and the Co-doped samples (1%-4% substitution proportion). After measuring the properties, we found that the substituted Co obviously decreases the electric conductivity and lattice thermal conductivity while the Seebeck decreases slightly, leading to a zT of 0.44 when the Co amount is 4%. When the Co amount is over 4%, CoSi2 impurity phase is observed in the materials.
Tuesday PM, April 03, 2018
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A
1:30 PM - EN10.02.01
Chemical Bond and Electronic Band Structure for Thermoelectric BiCuSeO
Jihui Yang1,Guang-Kun Ren1,Shanyu Wang1,Jiong Yang2,Wenqing Zhang2,Yuanhua Lin3,Ce-Wen Nan3
University of Washington1,Shanghai University2,Tsinghua University3Show Abstract
BiCuSeO-based materials are promising thermoelectrics for intermediate temperatures, primarily due to their ultralow lattice thermal conductivity. The intrinsically low carrier mobility in these materials, however, largely limits further improvements of their thermoelectric properties. In this talk, we show that the electrical transport properties of these materials can be enhanced by increasing the chemical bond covalency in the Cu-Se layer, and by rationally utilizing the multi-valley electronic band structure. High thermoelectric figure of merit ZT values of 1.2-1.3 can be achieved at 873 K. All samples were synthesized by nonequilibrium self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) processes. The resulting hierarchical structural features lead to lattice thermal conductivity values close to the amorphous limit.
2:00 PM - EN10.02.02
Low Electrical Contact Resistivity Between Epitaxially Grown Thermoelectric Oxide Material Ca3Co4O9 and Iridium on Silicon
Helmut Karl1,Alfred Griesser1,Thomas Kraus1
University of Augsburg1Show Abstract
The development of thermoelectric oxide materials like Ca3Co4O9 and Nb:SrTiO3 as an alternative to SiGe compounds for high temperature applications has attracted large interest in recent years. In comparison to other heavy metal and toxic elements containing thermoelectric materials, complex metal oxides comprise extremely high chemical and temperature stability along with low toxicity and high abundance of the constituent chemical elements. The encouraging thermoelectric properties of Ca3Co4O9, the coupling of the magnetic moments of the Co spins and the quasi-two-dimensional electric transport properties can lead to novel functionalities and applications in thermoelectric and -magnetic devices. In order to build useful devices using thin films of this complex metal oxide integration into silicon technology electrical contacts with minimum electrical resistance are decisive criteria. Moreover, due to high chemical reactivity of Si with oxygen and silicide forming metals like cobalt a diffusion barrier is needed which ideally enables epitaxial growth of Ca3Co4O9 and Ir thin films on a (001)-Si substrate.
We show that Ca3Co4O9/Ir electrical contacts with very low electrical resistivity can be fabricated. Ca3Co4O9/Ir electrical contact pairs were formed by growing a conductor track of Ca3Co4O9 on crossing Ir conductor tracks. The potential drop at individual Ca3Co4O9/Ir electrical contacts was determined by combining four-wire resistance measurements eliminating Ca3Co4O9 conductors track resistances. The I-V characteristics show a slight diode like asymmetry and the corresponding contact resistivities were found to be between 1.6 and 3.6 mΩcm2.
Secondary ion mass spectrometry depth profiles show an approximately 5 nm thick layer of IrOx formed during PLD on the Ir conductor tracks by indiffusion of oxygen.
XRD pole figures of the Ca3Co4O9/Ir/YSZ/Si-substrate and Ca3Co4O9/YSZ/Si-substrate reveal a 12-fold in-plane rotational symmetry on the (001)-Ir and (001)-YSZ buffer layer, but rotated by 15°. This leads to high symmetry grain boundaries with low electrical resistivity where the Ca3Co4O9 track crosses the edge of the Ir contact conductor tracks towards the electrically insulating YSZ buffer layer. This epitaxial relationship can be explained by energetically preferred growth directions of the pseudo hexagonal CoO2 sublayers in monoclinic Ca3Co4O9 on the cubic (001)-YSZ and (001)-Ir surface. This symmetric in-plane orientation between the charge carrying CoO2 sublayer domains results in minimal in-plane resistivity of the Ca3Co4O9 thin film. In addition, we show that the influence of the azimuthal orientation on the temperature dependent Seebeck coefficient of the Ca3Co4O9 thin film is imperceptible.
2:15 PM - EN10.02.03
High ZT Thermoelectrics Identified from Defect Screening of Complex Oxides
Alex Ganose1,2,Winnie Leung1,Adam Jackson1,Robert Palgrave1,David Scanlon1,2
University College London1,Diamond Light Source2Show Abstract
Thermoelectric materials, used to convert thermal into electrical energy, present a promising route for renewable energy generation. The range of applications for thermoelectrics is broad, with industries from manufacturing to the automotive likely to benefit from efficient recycling of waste thermal energy.1 The dimensionless figure of merit for thermoelectrics, ‘ZT’, depends on both electronic and thermal transport properties, with a material considered promising if its ZT exceeds ~1.5. Unfortunately, despite over 50 years’ development, the champion thermoelectric materials, such as Bi2Te3, show lack-lustre performance and are costly to produce due to their reliance on tellurium.2 Significant research effort has been spent attempting to produce oxide based thermoelectrics due to their earth-abundance, chemical stability and dramatically reduced costs. However, all attempts to produce high performance n-type oxide thermoelectrics have failed, often due to their high lattice conductivity which limits obtainable ZT.3
Standard packages now exist for calculating ZT from an electronic band structure, with the results being dependent on two major approximations: a fixed lattice thermal conductivity and electronic chemical potential (Fermi level). Typically, the Fermi level is assumed without knowledge of the true response of the material to defects and doping, which can lead to incorrect predictions of high ZT capability.
In this work, we have used rational chemical design to pinpoint a series of layered oxides that should exhibit degenerate n-type conductivity, whilst still possessing very low lattice thermal conductivity.4 We employ state of the art methods to calculate the lattice thermal conductivity, using many-body perturbation theory to capture phonon-phonon scattering processes. We also use rigorous defect chemistry analysis, performed using hybrid density functional theory, to explicitly consider the intrinsic and extrinsic defect behaviour and obtain a physical and realistic doping density and Fermi level. Combining these methods, we have predicted the largest ZT of any oxide thermoelectric material previously reported and provide guidance on the growth conditions to enhance thermoelectric power conversion.
1. L. E. Bell, Cooling, heating, generating power, and recovering waste heat with thermoelectric systems. Science 321, 1457–1461 (2008)
2. M. W. Gaultois, T. D. Sparks, C. K. H. Borg, R. Seshadri, W. D. Bonificio, and D. R. Clarke, Data-driven review of thermoelectric materials: performance and resource considerations, Chemistry of Materials 25, 2911–2920 (2013)
3. G. Tan, L-D. Zhao, and M. G. Kanatzidis, Rationally designing high-performance bulk thermoelectric materials, Chemical Reviews 116, 12123–12149 (2016)
4. Alex M. Ganose, W. W. Leung, Adam J. Jackson, R. G. Palgrave, and David O. Scanlon, Submitted (2017)
EN10.03: Chalcogenides I
Tuesday PM, April 03, 2018
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A
3:30 PM - EN10.03.01
Temperature-Dependent Bond Strength and Sound Velocity in Anisotropic Thermoelectric Materials
Michigan State University1Show Abstract
Highly anharmonic bonding, quantified by the Grüneisen parameter, can lead to low glass-like lattice thermal conductivity and is therefore desirable in thermoelectric materials. However, most investigations of anharmonic effects on lattice thermal conductivity emphasize phonon-phonon scattering, while overlooking the impact of anharmonicity on bond strength and sound velocity at elevated temperatures. The elastic moduli of most thermoelectric materials decrease gradually with increasing temperature due to thermal expansion (increased bond length leads to weaker bonds). Although a correlation between the Grüneisen parameter and the slope of the elastic moduli versus temperature has long been recognized, this relationship and its consequences have not been systematically investigated, and are rarely accounted for when modeling thermal conductivity. In this work, we combine high-temperature resonant ultrasound spectroscopy and in-situ X-ray diffraction to characterize the temperature-dependent elastic constants and anisotropic thermal expansion in several classes of thermoelectric materials (e.g., Zintl antimonides, Cu2ABTe4 stannites, GexSb2Te3+x alloys, and others). We have observed materials with high Grüneisen parameters and rapid softening at high temperature, as well as cases in which the lattice actually stiffens despite increasing average bond length. At both extremes, the temperature-dependence of the bond strength is found to have a significant impact on the speed of sound, lattice thermal conductivity and ultimately the performance of these materials.
4:00 PM - EN10.03.02
Li- and Se-Doped Cu2Te with High Figure-of-Merit—An Alternative to Cu2Se
Md Mofasser Mallick1,Satish Vitta1
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay1Show Abstract
Layered cuprous chalcogenides such as Cu2S, Cu2Se and Cu2Te have attracted significant attention recently due to their ‘Phonon-Liquid-Electron-Crystal’ like thermoelectric behavior. Among these three compounds Cu2Se has been reported to exhibit a high figure-of-merit but it lacks stability. Hence in the present work Cu2Te which has a relatively better thermal stability compared to Cu2Se has been explored and its figure-of-merit enhanced by doping both the cation and anion simultaneously. Li- and Se-doped Cu2Te, Cu2-xLixTe1-ySey alloys have been synthesized by a simple, conventional arc melting process. The resulting alloy ingots were characterized without subjecting to any intermediate annealing process. The alloys have two polymorphic phases-a orthorhombic super structure and a hexagonal phase corresponding to P3m1 space group. The hexagonal form however is found to be predominant in all the alloys. Morphologically, the phases have a platelet like layered nanostructure with the plate-like grains oriented in random directions. The alloys exhibit a degenerate semiconducting behavior in the range 300 K to 1000 K. The high temperature electrical resistivity varies from 0.3 mΩcm to 1.4 mΩcm depending on the type and extent of doping. The Seebeck coefficient of all the alloys increases with increasing temperature with the high temperature value in the range 30 µVK-1 to 135 µVK-1. All the alloys have a positive Seebeck coefficient indicating that holes are predominant charge carriers. The highest power factor achieved is 16 µW-1cm-1K-2 for the alloy with Li-0.1 and Se-0.03 substitution. The thermal conductivity of this alloy decreases to 1.6 W-1m-1K-1 at highest temperature resulting in a figure-of-merit of 1.0. An interesting aspect of these alloys is that even at these temperatures they do not exhibit onset of bipolar conduction indicating the robustness of charge carriers.
4:15 PM - EN10.03.03
Thermal Diffusivity During the Phase Transitions in Cu2Se, Cu2S, and Ag2Se
HongYi Chen1,Xun Shi1,Chen Lidong1
Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences1Show Abstract
Recent publication shows that Cu2Se have a peak zT value above 2.0 at 400 K during the second-order phase transitions. One of the reason for such high zT is the great reduction in lattice thermal conductivity, which is strongly supported by the giant reduction in the measured thermal diffusivity. In order to understand the mechanism of such thermal diffusivity reductions, we built a model for the heat transport during phase transitions. The result shows that the reduction in thermal diffusivity is mainly attributed to the coupling between phonons and phase transition. Such large reduction is only occurred when the phase transition is fast. In experiment, the thermal diffusivities and phase transitions of Ag2Se, Cu2Se, and Cu2S were measured. The dramatic thermal diffusivity reductions were only observed in Cu2Se, and Cu2S because they have fast phase transitions, which is consistent with our model.
4:30 PM - EN10.03.04
High Thermoelectric Performance Balanced by Electrical and Thermal Transport in Tetrahedrites Cu12+xSb4S12Se
Chongqing University1Show Abstract
Cu12+xSb4S13(x = 0.0, 0.5, 1, 1.5) and Cu12+xSb4S12Se (x = 0.5, 1, 1.5) compounds are synthesized by conventional solid state reaction followed by spark plasma sintering and their thermoelectric properties were investigated. The results reveal that the intrinsically low thermal conductivity of polycrystalline Cu12+xSb4S13 materials can be further reduced to 0.25 W.m−1.K−1 with the aid of exsolution process. Furthermore, we realize a substantial power factor enhancement for Cu12+xSb4S13(x = 0.5, 1, 1.5) via Se solid solution. By properly balancing electrical and thermal transport, a maximum zT of 1.1 associated with a power factor of 1.2 mW.m-1.K-2 at 723 K for Cu13.5Sb4S12Se is reported. Finally, we demonstrate that zT of mineral based thermoelectric materials can be greatly improved by synergistic integration of band structure engineering and exsolution process.
4:45 PM - EN10.03.05
High Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of Praseodymium Telluride Pr3-xTe4
Sabah Bux1,Brea Hogan1,Dean Chiekh1,2,Trinh Vo1,Paul Von Allmen1,Kathleen Lee1,David Smiadak3,Alexandra Zevalkink3,Bruce Dunn2,Jean Fleurial1
Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology1,University of California, Los Angeles2,Michigan State University3Show Abstract
The state-of-the-art thermoelectric power system for space applications has typically been based up on either Si1-xGex alloys or PbTe/TAGS for the past 50 years. Although reliable and robust, the thermoelectric performance of these systems remains low with a system level conversion efficiency of ~6%. In recent years, complex materials such as n-type La3-xTe4 and p-type Yb14MnSb11 have emerged as new high efficiency, high temperature thermoelectric materials with ZTmax on the order of 1.2 at 1275 K. The high performance of these complex structures is attributed to their favorable characteristics such as semi-metallic behavior due to small band gaps, low glass-like lattice thermal conductivity values due to structural complexity and reasonably large thermopower values near their peak operating temperatures. Computational modelling indicates that the conduction band of La3-xTe4 is dominated by the La d-orbitals. Introduction of states near the Fermi level could potentially lead to a significant enhancement of the electronic transport properties. Praseodymium telluride (Pr3-xTe4) is a La3-xTe4 analogue with 3 f-electrons (whereas La has none). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate that the f-electrons lead to a sharp peak in the conduction band edge near the fermi level. In order to verify the theoretical calculations, we utilized a mechanochemical approach to synthesize Pr3-xTe4 with various Pr:Te vacancy concentrations. The powders were compacted using spark plasma sintering (SPS) and the compacts were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and electron microprobe analysis. The temperature dependent electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity will be presented and discussed.
Xun Shi, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics
Bo Brummerstedt Iversen, Aarhus University
Qiang Li, Brookhaven National Lab
G. Snyder, Northwestern University
Thermo Fisher Scientific
EN10.04: New Mechanism for Thermoelectrics
Wednesday AM, April 04, 2018
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A
8:00 AM - EN10.04.01
Phase Boundary Mapping for the Discovery and Optimization of Thermoelectric Materials
Northwestern University1Show Abstract
It is well known from growing binary semiconductors that at least two different AB semiconductors can be produced d with A-excess or AB with B-excess have distinctly different properties: one possibly being n-type and the other could be p-type. IFor the discovery of new functional semiconductors, these multiple, distinct states of the same nominal composition expand the space of materials to investigate. In thermoelectrics for example, researchers have been examining hundreds of nominally single phase materials for decades in search of, for example, n-type Zintl compounds with predicted high thermoelectric efficiency. The discovery of high performance n-type Mg3Sb2, only recently, highlights the importance of examining all the distinct thermodynamic states by identifying the phase boundaries (Mg-excess as well as Sb-excess in this case) we call phase boundary mapping. Futher examples in CoSb3 skutterudites and complex Zintl phase Ca9Zn4+xSb9 will be given.
8:30 AM - EN10.04.02
Emergent Electronic Transport Properties of SrTiO3 from its Quazi-2D Band Structure and Implications for Thermoelectric Efficiency
Maxwell Dylla1,G. Snyder1
Northwestern University1Show Abstract
High power factors sparked significant experimental efforts to synthesize SrTiO3 with high thermoelectric efficiencies; it has become one of the most heavily studied n-type oxide thermoelectric materials. A complex band structure is believed to be responsible for the high power factors. Despite persistent efforts, the experimentally realized thermoelectric figure of merit in these materials is less than 0.5, even at temperatures as high as 1000 K. In this work, post-processed electronic structure calculations are used to elucidate how the quazi-2D electronic structure of SrTiO3 emerges from Tid-Op molecular orbitals. This chemical view offers an intuitive understanding of the complex band structure. A band model, that highlights the 2D nature of the band structure, is developed to model electronic transport in n-type SrTiO3 single crystals. This model, implemented with acoustic phonon scattering, explains the temperature and carrier dependent effective mass of SrTiO3, and the high power factors with high effective valley degeneracy. Based on this robust electronic transport model, the figure of merit at optimal doping conditions is evaluated as a function of lattice thermal conductivity, the last free parameter in the performance of SrTiO3 as a thermoelectric.
8:45 AM - EN10.04.03
Grain Boundary Dominated Charge Transport in High Temperature Thermoelectric Materials
Jimmy Kuo1,Stephen Kang2,1,G. Snyder1
Northwestern University1,California Institute of Technology2Show Abstract
Experimental evidence shows that grain boundaries are responsible for the thermally-activated conductivity in some thermoelectric materials, such as Mg3Sb2. Existing grain-boundary models using the Matthiessen’s rule on the carrier scattering rate fail to explain the thermally-activated conductivity in n-type Mg3Sb2-based materials. We establish a model describing the carrier conductivity (σ) and Seebeck coefficient (S) of polycrystalline thermoelectric materials. The key factor is to treat the depletion region induced by the grain boundary as a secondary phase, which takes into account the relatively larger depletion width in semiconductors, as compared with classical metals. The model is successfully applied to explain both the temperature dependency (i.e. σ-T) and energy dependency (i.e. log|S|-logσ) of Mg3Sb2-based compounds. We discuss how the model can be extended to other thermoelectric materials.
9:00 AM - EN10.04.04
Thermoelectric Properties in Dirac/Weyl Semimetals
Brookhaven National Lab1Show Abstract
Recent discoveries of new phenomena due to interacting Dirac fermions across vastly different energy and length scales have led to a fascinating convergence between condensed matter physics and high energy nuclear physics. Dirac/Weyl semimetals have a linear dispersion that leads to the electrons near the Fermi energy behaving like Dirac fermions. Topological materials, such as ZrTe5 Dirac semimetal, hold promise of transmitting and processing information and energy in new ways. Many of the topological materials originate from the thermoelectric compounds. In this presentation, I will present our studies on the transport properties of Dirac/Weyl semimetals, with a view on thermoelectric applications. Dirac dispersion can give rise to large thermopower in a magnetic field and the Nernst effect. Combined with an ultrahigh carrier mobility, Dirac/Weyl semimetals may be exploited for thermomagnetic refrigeration.
9:30 AM - EN10.04.05
Phase-Defined van der Waals Schottky Junctions with Significantly Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties
Washington State University1Show Abstract
We demonstrate a van der Waals Schottky junction defined by crystalline phases of multilayer In2Se3. Besides ideal diode behaviors and the gate-tunable current rectification, the thermoelectric power is significantly enhanced in these junctions by more than three orders of magnitude compared with single phase multilayer In2Se3, with the thermoelectric figure-of-merit approaching ∼1 at room temperature. Our results suggest that these significantly improved thermoelectric properties are not due to the 2D quantum confinement effects but instead are a consequence of the Schottky barrier at the junction interface, which leads to hot carrier transport and shifts the balance between thermally and field-driven currents. This “bulk” effect extends the advantages of van der Waals materials beyond the few-layer limit. Adopting such an approach of using energy barriers between van der Waals materials, where the interface states are minimal, is expected to enhance the thermoelectric performance in other 2D materials as well.
9:45 AM - EN10.04.06
Surface States and Thermoelectric Properties of Topological Insulator in Bi2Te3 Layers and Wires
Albina Nikolaeva1,2,Leonid Konopko1,2,Tito Huber3,Krzysztof Rogacki2,Igor Gherghishan1,Oxana Botnari1
D.Ghitu IEEN1,Institute of Low Temperatures and Structural Research2,Howard University3Show Abstract
Toplogical insulators (TI) represent a new quantum state of matter which is characterized by peculiar edge of surface states and expect to observe new physical phenomena that have never been observed in other system.
We report transport studies, Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations (SdH) and thermoelectric properties on Bi2Te3 topological insulator thin layers and wires.
Perfect single crystalline of Bi2Te3 layers with thickness 10- 20 μm were prepared using the mechanical exfoliate method by cleaving thin layer from bulk single crystal Bi2Te3 samples . Bi2Te3 microwires in glass coating with diameter d= 10- 20 μm were prepared by the Ulitovsky- Taylor method . X- ray studies showed that the Bi2Te3 layers were single- crystal and the plane of the layers was perpendicular to the C3 trigonal axis. The microwire core is in general polycrystal consisting of big disoriented single crystal blocks.
From experimental data on SdH oscillations at temperature of 2.1- 4.2 K, cyclotron effective mass, Dingle temperature and the quantum mobility of charge carriers are calculated. The high quantum mobilities mq~13000cm2/V*sec. were determined from SdH oscillations in longitudinal (LM) (H||I) and transverse (H⊥I) magnetic fields (TM) up to 14 T at 2.1 K in layers and are substantially higher than in the bulk.
It was revealed, that the value of phase shift SdH oscillations has made 0,5 both in parallel, and in perpendicular magnetic fields in Bi2Te3 layers and wires. It is known, that phase shift is connected with Berry’s phase which is the integrated characteristic of orbit cyclotron curvature and the electron dispersion and is characteristic surface state.
The unique surface properties, transport, thermoelectric and thermopower measurements observed in these objects (layers and wires TI) contributes the new complex approach to thermoelectric device (thermogenerators and thermocoolers) fabrication.
This work was supported by Institutional project 15.817.02.09A.
 D. Teweldebrhan, V. Goyal and A. Balandin, Nano Lett., 10(4), 1209–1218 (2010).
 A. Nikolaeva, D. Gitsu, L. Konopko, M. Graf, and T. Huber, Phys. Rev. B, 77, 075332 (2008).
EN10.05: High Temperature Thermoelectric Materials I
Wednesday AM, April 04, 2018
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A
10:30 AM - EN10.05.01
New Understanding of Thermoelectric Half-Heuslers and Zintl Materials
University of Houston1Show Abstract
Significant progress has been made on searching for good thermoelectric materials in the past twenty years. Recently we have made good progresses in finding some new half-Heusler materials with good thermoelectric properties and also improving the properties of some existing half-Heusler materials. For Zintl materials, we discovered that Mg vacancy was the root cause for the strong electron scattering by the ionized impurities causing low electrical conductivity, so we were able to drastically suppress the ionized impurity scattering through replacing a very small amount of Mg by Nb, Fe, Co, Hf, Ta, etc., leading to a higher peak ZT of ~1.8 and drastically higher average ZT of ~1.2 in the temperature range from 300 K to 800 K. These materials may find their potential applications in the mid-high temperature heat sources for power generation.
11:00 AM - EN10.05.02
Complex Oxides and Intermetallics for High Temperature Thermoelectric Converters
Anke Weidenkaff1,Wenjie Xie1,Benjamin Balke1,Pingjun Ying1,Xingxing Xiao1
Univ of Stuttgart1Show Abstract
The lecture will provide a short overview on the development of complex thermoelectric materials and information on the research field of multifunctional perovskite-type ceramics and Heusler-type intermetallics gaining importance for future thermoelectric technologies.
High temperature thermoelectric applications require tailoring of thermoelectric materials for different temperature levels. For the high temperature side of a converter oxides are generally the material of choice while at the low temperature side intermetallic compounds and chalcogenides are the better performing materials. The good performance of all those materials can be explained based on their suitable and tuneable band structure, stability, adjusted charge carrier density and mobility of e.g. strongly correlated electronic systems. These properties are predicted by theoretical concepts based on a fundamental understanding of the composition-structure-property relation to adjust the composition, structure and size of the crystallites in tailored scalable synthesis procedures.
11:30 AM - EN10.05.03
Impact of Ni Content on the Thermoelectric Properties of Half-Heusler Thermoelectrics
Corsin Battaglia1,Yinglu Tang1,Xiaoshuang Li1,Lukas H. J. Martin2,Eduardo Cuervo Reyes1,Toni Ivas1,Christian Leinenbach1,Shashwat Anand3,Matthew Peters3,G. Snyder3,Daniel Landmann1,Daniel Widner1,Renato Huber1,Remo Widmer1
Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology1,ETH Zurich2,Northwestern University3Show Abstract
Motivated by high peak zT values reported 13 years ago for the (Ti,Zr,Hf)NiSn Half-Heusler system, Half-Heusler materials are identified as a promising materials class for thermoelectric applications. We investigate the TiNiSn sub-system, which does not rely on expensive Hf.
From phase boundary mapping, we find that the thermoelectric TiNiSn Half-Heusler phase shows a narrow solubility range on the Ti-Ni-Sn phase diagram primarily in the range of excess Ni that can be approximated as TiNi1+xSn, where x is temperature dependent with 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.06 at 1223 K. Four phase boundary compositions with different Ni contents associated with four three-phase regions are identified. We characterize the thermoelectric properties of these stable compositions and find significant difference between Ni-rich and Ni-poor phase boundary compositions of TiNiSn, which amounts up to 41%, 58%, and 25% difference in Seebeck coefficient, lattice thermal conductivity, and thermoelectric figure of merit respectively. This explains the large discrepancy of literature data on the thermoelectric properties of TiNiSn within a unified phase diagram framework.
We demonstrate that Ni-rich TiNiSn results in a narrower band gap using the Goldsmid formula, which we interpret to be due to the formation of an impurity band from interstitial Ni in the forbidden gap as previously suggested. Interstitial Ni atoms scatter both electrons and phonons, with the latter effect being much stronger, thus a lower lattice thermal conductivity compensates the decrease in electron mobility leading to a high zT value of 0.6 at 850 K for intrinsic Ni-rich TiNiSn. With Sb doping, the carrier concentration in these stable boundary compositions can be tuned but the distinct features in their transport properties remain unchanged. A maximum zT value of 0.6 was also achieved at 850 K for intrinsic Ni-poor TiNiSn upon Sb doping.
We further present results on the integration of n-type TiNiSn Half-Heusler material into 36-legs modules in conjunction with p-type FeTiNb Half-Heusler material including their multi-physics modelling-assisted matching and integration into a heat exchanger mounted and tested in the exhaust gas system of a sport utility vehicle.
Y. Tang, X. Li, L.H.J. Martin, E. Cuervo Reyes, T. Ivas, C. Leinenbach, S. Anand, M. Peters, G.J. Snyder, C. Battaglia, Energy & Environmental Science, in press
D. Landmann, Y. Tang, D. Widner, R. Huber, R. Widmer, C. Battaglia, in preparation
11:45 AM - EN10.05.04
Material Design of Thermoelectrically Highly Efficient Heusler Compounds for the XXI Century
Benjamin Balke1,Pingjun Ying1,Wenjie Xie1,Anke Weidenkaff1
University of Stuttgart1Show Abstract
Half-Heusler compounds are one of the most promising candidates for thermoelectric materials for automotive and industrial waste heat recovery applications. In this talk, we will give an overview about our recent investigations in the material design of thermoelectric half-Heusler materials. Since the price for Hafnium was doubled within the last 2 years, our research focusses on the design of half-Heusler compounds without Hafnium. We will present a recent calculation on ZT per € and efficiency per € for various materials followed by our very promising results for n-type half-Heusler compounds without Hafnium resulting in 20 times higher ZT/€ values, which reduces the cost of TE materials used in a commercial TEG by 90%, entering an economical meaningful scenario. We will show how we adapted our knowledge from the n-type materials to design p-type Heusler compound without Hafnium exhibiting similar thermoelectric properties. We will present how we used phase separation to design thermoelectric highly efficient nano-composites of different single-phase materials. Since any high temperature TE material will only be suitable for the mass market if the material production and the module production is industrial upscalable, we will comment on various upscaling approaches, their challenges, and how one could tackle these challenges.
These results strongly underline the importance of phase separations as a powerful tool for designing highly efficient materials for thermoelectric applications that fulfill the industrial demands for a thermoelectric converter. Finally, we will discuss if and how the rather new topological materials and Weyl materials could have an impact in the thermoelectric material science and especially in the thermoelectric application scenarios.
EN10.06: Modules and Applications I
Wednesday PM, April 04, 2018
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A
1:30 PM - EN10.06.01
Power Generation of Durable Thermoelectric Modules
Ryoji Funahashi1,Tomoyuki Urata1,Yoko Matsumura1,Miho Suzuki1,Masataka Kubouchi1,Hiroyo Murakami1,Hitomi Ikenishi1,Tomonari Takeuchi1,Ryosuke Suzuki2,Shinya Sasaki3,Shigeaki Sugiyama3
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology1,Hokkaido University2,Akita Industrial Technology Center3Show Abstract
Thermoelectric oxides are considered as promising materials because of their durability against high temperature in air, low cost for producing and non-toxicity etc. Thermoelectric modules using p-type Ca2.7Bi0.3Co4O9 (Co-349) and n-type CaMn0.98Mo0.02O3 (Mn-113) have been produced using Ag paste to form junctions. In order to enhance the conversion efficiency of the modules, repetition of hot-forging was attempted to prepare the Co-349 bulks. The power factor of the sample prepared by three repetitions of hot-forging is 1.4-2.9 fold higher than one-time hot-forging. The out-put power of the thermoelectric module composed of Co-349 and Mn-113 devices is enhanced by twice. The maximum power density of the module was increased to 0.72 W/cm2 against the total cross-sectional area of the devices at 1073 K of the heat source temperature (TH) by water cooling at 293 K (Tc).
The durability against high temperature, heat cycling, and vibration of the oxide modules was investigated quantitatively. Life time tests have been carried out for the oxide modules up to 1073 K of TH by water circulation at 293 K under the air atmosphere. No degradations in both generated power are observed up to 1073 K of TH. The durability against heat cycling was investigated between 873 and 373 K of TH in air. The maximum out-put power is kept constant during 1000 times of the heat cycling. The vibration test assumed to be used on automobiles was carried out for the oxide thermoelectric module at room temperature. The change of contact resistance at the junctions between before and after the vibration test was measured. Great changes tend to be observed near the four corners of the module.
The air-cooled thermoelectric units have been developed using heat pipes. The maximum out-put power reaches 2.2 W at 823 K of the heat source temperature. The power generation can be shown by lighting LED lamps, charging the smart phone and portable TV, and wireless transmission of data and moving images by the temperature sensor and web camera, respectively using the combustion of natural gas or firewood as the heat sources.
2:00 PM - EN10.06.02
Composites Obtained by Sintering of Detonation Nanodiamonds as a Material for Thermoelectric Generator
Aleksandr Meilakhs1,Evgenii Eidelman1,2,Bogdan Semak3,Fedor Shakhov1
Ioffe Physical Technical Institute1,St. Petersburg State Chemical Pharmaceutical Academy2,St Petersburg National Research Academic University of the Russian Academy of Sciences3Show Abstract
We propose a model of a thermoelectric generator (TEG) based on composite material obtained by sintering of diamond nanoparticles . The effect of electrons drag by ballistic phonons is used to increase the useful conversion of heat into electric current. The effect of the thermal resistance of the boundaries between the graphite-like and diamond-like phases of the composite is used to reduce the ineffective heat spread. It is predicted, that such TEG can possess a record value of thermoelectric parameter, ZT, up to 3,5 
We calculate an optimal thickness of sp2 layers that occurs between diamond nanoparticles during the process of sintering (Fig. 1). The thicker are sp2 layers, the larger is conductivity of the composite and the smaller is thermal conductivity, which is good for thermoelectric conversion. However, if sp2 layers are thicker than a phonon mean free pass, the effect of electrons drag by ballistic phonons is reduced, the electrons drag by phonons comes to a diffusive regime and thermoelectric parameter drops drastically. We estimate the phonon mean free path in the sp2 region. It turns out to be approximately 5 nm. Then we deduced that optimal thickness of sp2 layers l is l = (L/2) cos(π/6), where L is an initial mean size of nanodiamonds. Hence, the optimal thickness of sp2 layers is l ≈ 1.1 nm.
We calculate thermal resistance of the composite with optimal structure taking into account thermal resistance of the boundaries between the graphite-like and diamond-like phases. The thermal resistance of such boundaries arises because electrons transferring heat in the metal do not transfer it through the interface, but are involved in the heat transfer only at a certain distance from it . The thermal resistance of the boundaries crucially restricts thermal conductivity of such composites thus increasing thermoelectric parameter.
An existence of an optimal volume ratio between graphite-like and diamond-like phases of the composite is predicted and obtained experimentally. The maximum value of the thermoelectric coefficient exceeds its minimum values of 5 μV/K for graphite by 20 times – but not by 1000 times as it is expected. Probably, this is explained by a failure in creating the TEG of the optimal design.
The authors are grateful to A.Ya. Vul’ for his attention to this work. A.P. Meilakhs and E.D. Eidelman are grateful to the RSF (Project 16-19-00075) for support. B.V. Semak is grateful to the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Project 16-03-01084a).
 Eidelman E. D., Meilakhs A.P., Semak B.V., Shakhov F.M. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, In Press.
 Eidelman E. D., Meilakhs A.P. Nanosyst.: Phys. Chem. Math. 7, 919-924 (2016).
 Meilakhs A.P., Eidelman E. D. JETP Lett. 100, 81-85 (2014).
2:15 PM - EN10.06.03
High Power Density Electrochemical Thermocells for Inexpensively Harvesting Low-Grade Thermal Energy
Long Zhang1,2,Na Li2,Shaoli Fang2,Carter Haines2,Ray Baughman2
Institute of Chemical Materials1,The University of Texas at Dallas2Show Abstract
Continuously operating thermo-electrochemical cells (thermocells) are of interest for harvesting low-grade waste thermal energy because of their potentially low cost compared with conventional thermoelectrics. However, realizing high areal power densities and high temperature operation has been problematic. Pt-free thermocells devised here provide an output power of up to 12 W m-2 for an inter-electrode temperature difference (ΔT) of 81 °C, which is six-fold higher power than previously reported for Pt-free planar thermocells operating at ambient pressure. The previous record power output, normalized to (ΔT)2, for an organic electrolyte thermocell operating above 100 °C, has been tripled. The advances leading to this performance include the use of: 1) multifunctional inter-electrode thermal separators, 2) improved electrolytes, 3) inexpensive carbon fiber textiles as vascular electrodes, and 4) multi-pin or fin electrodes. Transitioning from conventional single-leg thermocells to arrays with n-type and p-type legs produces 2.18 V from a ΔT of only 21 °C, which enables the practical charging of capacitors for energy storage.
EN10.07: Bi2Te3-Based and Polymer Materials
Wednesday PM, April 04, 2018
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 124 A
3:30 PM - EN10.07.01
SiC-Dispersed Bismuth Telluride Based Thermoelectric Nanocomposites
Jing-Feng Li1,Yu Pan1
Tsinghua Univ1Show Abstract
Thermoelectric materials that can be utilized for direct conversion between heat and electricity have drawn worldwide interests for decades. Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) is the best thermoelectric material for electronic cooling and power generation using low-temperature waste heat, whose property enhancement has great impact on applications. Mixing SiC nanoparticles into the p-type BiSbTe matrix is effective for its thermoelectric property enhancement; a high dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) value up to 1.33 at 373 K is obtained in Bi0.3Sb1.7Te3 incorporated with only 0.4vol% SiC nanoparticles of 30 nm in diameter. Such ZT enhancement by SiC dispersion is also found in n-type BiTeSe, but only happens below 450 K and then ZT decreases at higher temperatures. It is found that SiC dispersion decreases the carrier concentration in n-type BiTeSe by strongly changing the amounts of charged point defects. The decreased carrier concentration shifts the maximum ZT value to lower temperatures, and limits the high temperature ZT values due to minor carrier excitation. Further self-tuning carrier concentration by Cu/I doping effectively solves this problem and realizes a ZT plateau at 473-573 K. In addition to ZT improvement, the mechanical strength of both p-type BiSbTe and n-type BiTeSe are dramatically enhanced by SiC nano-dispersion, which is advantageous for thermoelectric devices’ manufacturing and application.
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4:15 PM - EN10.07.03
Hybrid Polymer/Nanoparticle Composites for High-Performance Thermoelectrics
Katherine Mazzio1,Monika Raja Thulasimani1,2,Britta Ryll1,Danny Kojda1,Klaus Habicht1,3,Simone Raoux1,2
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie1,Humboldt Universität zu Berlin2,Universität Potsdam3Show Abstract
Hybrid materials consisting of conducting polymers in conjunction with inorganic nanostructures have been proposed for thermoelectric applications near room temperature. The performance of thermoelectric materials are typically discussed in terms of the dimensionless figure of merit ZT = S2σκ-1T, where S is the Seebeck coefficient, σ is the electrical conductivity, κ is the thermal conductivity, and T is the temperature. Improvements in the figure of merit can be realized by having a large Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity, while simultaneously limiting the thermal conductivity. In practice, this can be challenging because each of these variables are interrelated by the carrier concentration. Hybrid composites are attractive because they can enhance the thermoelectric performance via the intrinsic low thermal conductivity of the polymer, utilizing nanostructuring to improve phonon scattering, and through energy filtering effects. In addition, these hybrid materials systems also offer advantages related to their solubility characteristics, whereby they can be utilized in high-throughput, solution processable manufacturing routes. Most of the hybrid thermoelectric materials that have been reported in the literature have been p-type, owing to difficulties in n-type doping of conducting polymers in conjunction with the nature of the applied nanocrystals. As a result, there is a strong drive to compliment the advances in hybrid p-type materials with new n-type materials, since both types are required for module development. In this contribution, we explore our recent developments in the synthesis of new hybrid materials, where chalcogenide nanowires encapsulated in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) are utilized as templates for the growth of a variety of compounds, such as silver-, bismuth-, and lead-based chalcogenides. We have found that we are able to directly control the stoichiometry of our materials during synthesis, such that we can effectively tune our composites from p-type to n-type. We utilize X-Ray diffraction (XRD), X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) to detail the development in the structural and morphological properties of our materials and relate these modifications to the overall thermoelectric performance. Ultimately, we aim to develop high-performance composites for low-cost room temperature thermoelectric applications.
4:30 PM - EN10.07.04
Strain-Dependent Thermoelectric Properties of PEDOT:PSS
Myeong Hoon Jeong1,Kyoung Jin Choi1
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology1Show Abstract
As interest in green energy is increasing, there have been many studies on thermoelectric generator (TEG) that convert waste heat into electricity. To evaluate the TE characteristics, the figure of merit ZT value is used, which is defined as ZT = σS2T / k. Where σ is conductivity, S is seebeck coefficient and k is thermal conductivity. σS2 is expressed by a power factor. The higher the ZT value, the higher the power factor and the lower the k value, the better the TE material. Traditionally, bismuth telluride-based inorganic materials have been studied because of their high ZT values. However, wearable TEG using body heat has been actively researched meaning that solid and bulk inorganic materials are not suitable. Therefore, conductive polymer is studied recently which is suitable for wearable devices because of its flexibility, transparency, low cost fabrication and solution process.
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT : PSS) is one of the most promising organic materials because it shows the best performance and stability compared to other organic materials. PEDOT: PSS is a mixture of PEDOT and PSS. PEDOT : PSS is suitable for the solution process because it is dissolved in water. PEDOT : PSS is basically thin film through spin coating. Because it has low thermal conductivity but the power factor is lower than that of inorganic materials, there have been many studies to improve the power factor of PEDOT : PSS. In many researches, conductivity can be greatly increased by adding solvent PEDOT PSS. Most of polar organic solvents with high boiling point like DMSO, EG, PEG, MeOH and H2SO4 are used as solvents. Recently, Kim et al. obtained high TE property of ZT = 0.42 by adding DMSO into PEDOT: PSS. However, these studies did not consider any change in mechanical properties with solvents addition. To find the optimal wearable TEG material, both thermoelectric and mechanical properties should be considered simultaneously.
We compared the mechanical properties of PEDOT PSS with various solvents and measured the thermoelectric properties according to strain. According to this study, the H2SO4 treatment method, which is known to achieve high conductivity, is not suitable for wearable TEG materials because the PEDOT: PSS is too brittle and the flexibility is very low. On the other hand, a solvent such as PEG had highly flexible PEDOT: PSS thin film with favorable thermoelectric properties.
4:45 PM - EN10.07.05
Design of Multi-Defect Structures in Polycrystalline (Bi,Sb)2Te3 Alloys for Thermal Conductivity Reduction
Sang-il Kim1,Kyu Hyoung Lee2,Sung Wng Kim3
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Seoul1,Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeonsei University2,Department of Energy Science, Sungkunkwan University3Show Abstract
Bismuth Antimony Telluride (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys are the most widely used thermoelectric bulk materials near room temperature, developed in 1950s. Nevertheless, wide use of applications using (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys are yet constrained because of the low thermoelectric conversion efficiency. In order to enhance the thermoelectric conversion efficiency, low total thermal conductivity of the alloy is required, which can maintain the temperature difference across a material. The total thermal conductivity of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys is divided into three components in respect to its physical nature, including electronic, bipolar, and lattice thermal conductivity. Since the electronic thermal conductivity is simply proportional to electrical conductivity under Wiedermann-Franz law, the bipolar and lattice thermal conductivities should be minimized to reduce the total thermal conductivity. Bipolar thermal conductivity can be engineered by controlling band structures, such as carrier concentration or bandgap, and the lattice thermal conductivity can be reduced by introducing various defect structures enhancing phonon scattering. Herein, we analyzed the bipolar and lattice thermal conductivies of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys with defect structures, including point defects (0 dimension, 0D), dislocations (1D), grain boundaries (2D), or nano-sized metal inclusions (3D), by using Debye-Callaway model and a single parabolic band model based on Boltzmann transport. Then, the lattice thermal conductivity depending on the density of each defect was estimated based on the analysis, providing materials design rule for reducing thermal conductivity of (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloy. Furthermore, the influence of multiple defects on frequency-dependent phonon scattering was evaluated in order to properly design multi-defect structure.
EN10.08: Poster Session I
Wednesday PM, April 04, 2018
PCC North, 300 Level, Exhibit Hall C-E
5:00 PM - EN10.08.01
New Silver-Based Telluride with Thermoelectric Properties Originating from Two-Dimensional Layer
Kuei-Fang Hsu1,Daniel Bilc2,Theodora Kyratsi3
Department of Chemistry, National Cheng Kung University1,I.N.C.D.T.I.M.2,University of Cyprus3Show Abstract
A new metal telluride Ba3Ag3InTe6 was synthesized by solid-state reaction. This compound adopts a new two-dimensional structure constructed by AgTe4 and InTe4 tetrahedra and Ba2+ cations. The AgTe4 tetrahedra form a puckered layer and the InTe4 tetrahedra form a zig-zag chain dangling from both edges of the layer. The material possesses a narrow band gap estimated to be around 0.48 eV by UV-vis-NIR absorption spectra. The electronic band structure reveals a direct band gap at the G point of face centered primitive Brillouin zone. Ba3Ag3InTe6 is a p-type semiconductor with high Seebeck coefficients about 325 uV/K at 400 K. The electrical conductivity of 9.4 S/cm and the thermal conductivity of 0.35 W/mK give a ZT value of 0.11 at 400 K for the undoped sample. The density of states (DOS) analysis shows that the p-type hole transport is mostly achieved through the layer consisting of AgTe4 tetrahedra.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.02
Decreasing Thermal Conductivity of Half-Heusler Alloy ZrNiSn by Substitutions
Md Mofasser Mallick1,Satish Vitta1
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay1Show Abstract
The n-type half-Heusler alloy ZrNiSn has been well studied because of its high power factor but its high thermal conductivity leads to low figure-of-merit. Hence in the present work an attempt has been made to reduce the total thermal conductivity by a combination of substitutions. Four different ZrNiSn based half-Heusler alloys ZrNiSn0.95Ge0.05, ZrNiSn0.9Ge0.1, Zr0.75Ti0.25NiSn0.97Si0.03 and Zr0.75Ti0.25NiSn0.97Si0.02Sb0.01 have been synthesized by vacuum arc melting of pure elements. X-ray diffraction together with Rietveld refinement shows that all the alloys are essentially single phase which has a F4m cubic structure. Scanning electron microscopy shows large grains and a uniform chemical composition with very little loss of elements. Electrical resistivity shows a weak temperature dependence indicating a degenerate semiconducting behavior, 0.5 mΩcm to 6.4 mΩcm. The carrier concentration is found to be ~ 1020 cm-3. The Seebeck coefficient increases with increasing temperature and shows a bipolar behavior for T > 700 K. The ZrNiSn0.95Ge0.05 alloy has the highest Seebeck coefficient of 148 µVK-1 and a power factor of 2.9 mWm-1K-2. The thermal conductivity has a very low temperature dependence indicating significant electronic contribution. The ZrNiSn0.95Ge0.05 alloy has a thermal conductivity of ~ 6 Wm-1K-1 while the Zr0.75Ti0.25NiSn0.97Si0.03 alloy has the lowest thermal conductivity of ~ 3.2 Wm-1K-1. The ZrNiSn0.95Ge0.05 alloy exhibits the highest figure-of-merit of 0.45 at 1023 K.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.03
Study on Mechanical Behavior of Thermoelectric Bi2Te3/CNTs Composite Films
Matthew Pusko1,David Zagaceta1
University of Nevada at Las Vegas1Show Abstract
Advances in thermoelectric(TE) technology have shown promise in the extension of TEs to consumer electronics and wearable energy harvesting devices. While the TE performance of the material is of obvious importance, certain mechanical properties need to be optimized while maintaining as much of the energy conversion efficiency as possible.
A (Bi2Te3) nanowire/SWCNT composite material was developed in our research group and has exhibited excellent n-type thermoelectric properties that are required for extension of TEs to wearable devices. In addition to conversion performance, flexibility and durability are highly desired qualities, especially for wearable TEs applications. For the preliminary experiments, Bi2Te3 nanowires/CNTs composite was drop-casted onto a flexible polyimide substrate and was analyzed by performing various mechanical tests that could affect the TE properties of the material. The electrical conductivity was measured using the van der Pauw method with an automated four-point probe. Multiple bends in 100 count increments were performed and the conductivity was remeasured. The electrical conductivity of the samples is shown to decrease gradually with each cycle, as expected, yet maintains 70-80% of the initial conductivity after thousands of cycles. Based on the previously obtained results, we will further investigate on film thickness effects and different substrate effects on mechanical properties of composite films. The different types of mechanical testing will be conducted using a Bose dynamic mechanical analysis machine. The knowledge obtained from this research will be beneficial to designing flexible thermoelectric devices using hybrid composite films.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.04
Theoretical Study of the Stability, Vibrational and Dielectric Properties of PbSnTe Alloys
Luisa Scolfaro2,A. Neto1,H.W. Leite Alves1,Pablo Borges3
Universidade Federal de Sao Joao del Rei1,Texas State University2,Universidade Federal de Vicosa3Show Abstract
Group IV Tellurides are formidable functional materials, and lead tellurides are no exceptions. This simple rocksalt-type compound is widely known thermoelectric (TE) materials with excellent performances, among other applications. Recently , we have shown that the high values for the dielectric constant, together with anharmonic LA-TO coupling, reduces the lattice thermal conductivity and enhances the electronic conductivity in PbTe, which is good for TE devices. Moreover, it was also shown that by alloying this material with Se, the electronic conductivity of the alloys is also enhanced . But, it is not clear if the same occurs when alloying PbTe with Sn. We show, in this work, our theoretical results for the stability, vibrational and dielectric properties of Pb1-xSnxTe alloys. The calculations were carried out by using the Density Functional Theory, gradient conjugated techniques, and the plane-wave pseudopotential method (VASP and abinit codes). The alloys were described by both the Virtual Crystal and the Generalized Quasi-Chemical Approximations. Our results show that, while their lattice parameters obey Vegard’s rule, their bulk moduli, phonon frequencies and dielectric constant do not. Based on this feature, we have detected that when increasing the Sn concentration x, the anharmonic LA-TO coupling enhances and reaches its maximum for x ~ 0.70. This corresponds to the maximum value for the dielectric constant as well, and this alloy formation is stable from 600 to 800 K. Consequently, the obtained lattice contribution to the static dielectric constant is higher, when compared with both PbTe and SnTe bulk values, showing that the alloy can behave better as TE device than their bulk counterparts. We acknowledge support from FAPEMIG (grant CEX APQ 02695-14).
1. H. W. Leite Alves, et al., Phys. Rev. B 87, 115204 (2013).
2. Y. Pei, et al., Nature 473, 66 (2011).
5:00 PM - EN10.08.05
Robust Design and Durability Test of 10 W Thermoelectric Generator for Military Applications
Il-Sung Seo1,Jung-Hun Lee1,Ki-Su Lee1,Jae-Seong Yeo1
Agency for Defense Development1Show Abstract
Today’s modern soldier relies on a dozen electronic gadgets, from standard gear, such as radios, GPS units, and night-vision goggles, to improvised explosive device (IED) jamming system and mine detecting device, all requiring electrical power, for successful mission. In a typical 72 hour mission, requiring average power of 20 W, a soldier carries 70 individual batteries corresponding to 12.7 kg of rechargeable military batteries or 8.2 kg of primary batteries. Batteries account for 20% of the weight a soldier carries in battlefield. To unburden the soldiers by lightening the battery load, thermoelectric generator (TEG) can be a good candidate as a military portable power sources because it has the inherent advantages of quiet operation, few moving parts, and compact and lightweight construction. Particularly, thermoelectric systems can be easily designed to operate small heat sources and small temperature differences regardless of soldier’s mission time and climate change. In this study, we developed a military portable TEG with a maximum output power of 10 W and a weight of 1.2 kg at a designed temperature difference of 140°C. A TEG is composed of four Bi-Te thermoelectric modules (TEMs) connected in series and water cooling. A variety of environmental tests were carried out to investigate the robustness of TEG under the environmental conditions simulated deployment of military soldier use, which were categorized into high temperature (storage, operation), low temperature (storage, operation), humidity, vibration, shock, and transit drop according to MIL-STD-810F. A developed TEG exhibited a reliable electrical performance and no mechanical damage after all of environmental tests. This durability test data of TEG can provide good environmental test criteria in designing the robust TEG as a military portable power sources.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.07
Management of Thermoelectric Properties in PEDOT:PSS Films with Different GQDs Volume Fractions
Sunghyun Kim1,Choon Woo Lim2
Wonkwang University1,Hannam University2Show Abstract
We investigated the effect of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) on the thermoelectric properties of free-standing poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (.PEDOT:PSS) films. The electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of the film containing 0.50 vol% GQDs are 164.60 S/cm and 34.85 µV/K, compared with 22.50 S/cm and 27.72 μV/K, respectively, for the pristine PEDOT:PSS film without GQDs. The power factor (PF) increased up to 22.37 μW/mK2, which is ~13 times higher than that (1.73 μW/mK2) of the pristine film through the selective dedoping of PEDOT by the chemical treatment. Thus, the improved PF is due to the optimized charge carrier concentration and increased Hall mobility by the morphological and structural evolution
5:00 PM - EN10.08.08
Crystal Growth and Anisotropic Thermoelectric Properties of Ca5M2Sb6 Zintl Phases
Mack Marshall1,David Smiadak1,Geoffroy Hautier2,Alexandra Zevalkink1
Michigan State University1,University of Louvain2Show Abstract
A material’s thermoelectric efficiency is represented by its figure of merit, zT. In order to maximize zT, the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of a material must be simultaneously increased. Materials with anisotropic crystal structures are of particular interest as they present a method of decoupling the Seebeck coefficient from the electrical conductivity.
The focus of the research are Ca5M2Sb6 (M = Al, Ga, or In) Zintl compounds, containing covalently-bonded MSb4 tetrahedral polyanions that resemble infinite double chains. Density functional theory predicts light band mass and improved thermoelectric performance in the direction parallel to the MSb4 chains. Verifying this effect experimentally requires single crystals of sufficient size. Synthesis of pure-phase polycrystalline Ca5M2Sb6 (M= Ga, or In) and subsequent flux growth using either Sn, GaSb, or InSb flux was used to obtain single crystals up to 2 mm in length. The crystals were found to grow preferentially along the c-axis (parallel to the tetrahedral chains), leading to needle-like morphologies. The grown crystals were analyzed using single crystal X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy to determine phase purity and crystal structure. The electronic and thermal properties were measured parallel to the long axis of the needles, in the direction predicted to have highest zT.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.09
Spin Mediated Thermal Transport and Thermoelectric Energy Conversion in Ferromagnetic/Semiconductor Thin Films and Interfaces
Paul Lou1,Ravindra Bhardwaj1,Anand Katailiha1,Sandeep Kumar1
University of California, Riverside1Show Abstract
The observation of the spin-Seebeck effect has opened a new direction to spin current generation and manipulation. This alternative thermal approach of spin injection and thermoelectric energy conversion is believed to be energy-efficient. The spin-Seebeck effect is attributed to phonon-driven spin redistribution and magnon thermal transport. This has led to significant interest in spin-mediated thermal transport and spin-phonon interactions. The spin-phonon interactions and magnon transport can be understood by studying the spin-mediated thermal transport behavior in ferromagnetic and semiconductor thin films. In this work, we present the magneto thermal transport behavior characterization of ferromagnetic (Ni80Fe20) and semiconductor (p-Si, n-Si) thin films and their interfaces.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.11
Thermoelectric Performance of Cu2(Te1-x,Sex) Synthesized via Powder Metallurgy Method
Yuchong Qiu1,Ying Liu1,Jinwen Ye1,Lixian Lian1,Jun Li1
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Sichuan University1Show Abstract
Cu2(Te1-x,Sex) bulks with x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9 and 1.0 were prepared via powder metallurgy method, including high energy ball milling, cold compacting and inert gas annealing. The entire process was shortened to <20 hours compared to the traditional method which might cost several days. The results showed that Cu2(Te0.9,Se0.1) inherited the four phase transitions of Cu2Te from room temperature up to 800 K. When x=0.1, the introduced Se would cause the formation of Se containing nano-scale particles covering Se free matrix, remarkably suppressing the thermal conductivity of the material. An enhanced ZT of ~0.9 at 1000 K could be obtained in Cu2(Te0.9,Se0.1) bulks.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.12
Thermoelectric Figure of Merit Semimetal and Semiconductor Bi1-xSbx Foils
Albina Nikolaeva1,2,Leonid Konopko1,2,Krzysztof Rogacki2,Piotr Stachowiak2,Daria Szewczyk2,Andrzej Jezowski2,Vasilii Shepelevich3,Valeriy Prokoshin3,Sofia Gusakova3
D.Ghitu IEEN1,Institute of Low Temperatures and Structural Research2,Belarusian State University3Show Abstract
The thermal conductivity χ, electrical conductivity σ and thermopower α in foils of Bi1-xSbx alloys in semimetallic and semiconducting states in the temperature range 4.2-300 K were experimentally studied. The foils of Bi1-xSbx alloys were obtained by the method of high-speed crystallization of a thin layer of melt on the inner polished surface of a rotating copper cylinder.
High crystallization rates v = 5*105 m/s ensured a uniform distribution of the components in the volume. The thickness of the foils was 10-30μm with the texture 1012 parallel to the plane of the foil and the C3 axis coinciding with the nominal foil. The semimetal-semiconductor transition is observed in Bi1-xSbx foils at x> 0.03%Sb, as in bulk single crystals of the corresponding composition
It is shown that the thermal conductivity of semimetallic Bi-3%Sb foils in the low-temperature range (T <10 K) is two orders of magnitude smaller, and in semiconductor (Bi-16%Sb) it is an order of magnitude smaller than in bulk samples of the corresponding composition. The effect is interpreted from the viewpoint of decreasing the phonon drag effect in the low-temperature region due to both surface scattering and scattering at grain boundaries of the foil texture. From the dependences ρ(T), α(T), χ(T), the thermoelectric efficiency of foils was calculated in the temperature range 5-300 K. It is established that at 100 K the thermoelectric efficiency ZT in semiconductor Bi1-xSbx foils is 2 times higher than for bulk samples with crystallographic orientation similar in foils, which can be used in low-temperature thermoelectric energy converters.
This work was supported by Institutional project 15.817.02.09A
5:00 PM - EN10.08.13
Interface Effect of MoS2 on the Electrical and Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Te3/MoS2 and Sb2Te3/MoS2 Composite
Mujeeb Ahmad1,Deepak Varandani1,Bodh Raj Mehta1
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi1Show Abstract
Molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) has attracted much attention in thermoelectric application because of its high carrier mobility and tunable electronic and thermal properties which can be tailored by controlling the number of layers. Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) and antimony telluride (Sb2Te3) are the most efficient thermoelectric materials at the room temperature. In the present study, we have prepared nanocomposite samples of Bi2Te3, (Bi2Te3/MoS2) and Sb2Te3 , (Sb2Te3/MoS2) using MoS2 nanoflakes. The effect of incorporating MoS2 nanoflakes on electronic and thermoelectric properties Bi2Te3/MoS2 and Sb2Te3/MoS2 nanocomposite samples have been studied. The value of ZT was calculated to be 0.77 and 0.48 for Bi2Te3/MoS2 and Bi2Te3 samples, respectively, at room temperature. Similarly, ZT value of 0.18 and 0.28 was calculated at 427 K for Sb2Te3 and Sb2Te3/MoS2 samples, respectively. Both nanocomposite samples show higher ZT values as compared to the corresponding pristine samples. In the case of Bi2Te3/MoS2, the enhancement in ZT is due to decrease in thermal conductivity, whereas, in Sb2Te3/MoS2 it is due increase in the power factor. This difference can be attributed to the difference in behavior of Bi2Te3/MoS2 and Sb2Te3/MoS2 interfaces. Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM) has been employed to determine the surface potential values of the pristine and nanocomposite samples. The above study shows that the surface potential value at Bi2Te3/MoS2 interface is lower by 300 mV as compared to Bi2Te3 and in case of Sb2Te3/MoS2 surface potential is observed to be 150 mV lower as compared to Sb2Te3. This decrement of the surface potential value shows higher work function at the interface in comparison to the pristine sample. The interface energy barrier in Bi2Te3/MoS2 and Sb2Te3/MoS2 nanocomposite samples is expected to modify electron/hole transport and phonon scattering.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.14
Optimization of Electronic Transport in Defected Semiconductor Superlattices
Vitaly Proshchenko1,Sanghamitra Neogi1
University of Colorado Boulder1Show Abstract
Thermoelectric energy harvesters that convert any source of heat into electricity, are gaining attention due to the rapid increase of power needs of the internet of things. At a given temperature the efficiency of TE devices is determined by a figure of merit (ZT). In order to achieve a high ZT it is necessary to decrease thermal conductivity while maintaining a high power factor (electrical conductivity times the square of Seebeck coefficient) to attain the phonon-glass-electron-crystal regime. Si/Ge superlattices (SL) have been extensively investigated as a TE material for over 30 years. Thermal transport in such SLs is significantly diminished due to phonon scattering at interfaces . Introduction of interstitial defects is a viable approach to introduce additional scattering mechanism to further reduce thermal conductivity and thus improve ZT in SLs . However, understanding of electronic transport in SLs with interstitial defects is critical for development of TE devices with high efficiency. In this work we investigate the effect of interstitial defects on electronic transport in Si/Ge SL by employing first principle DFT calculations in conjunction with semi-classical Boltzmann transport theory. Interstitial defects introduce additional energy levels and strain in the system. To understand the effect of additional levels we investigate electronic transport in bulk silicon with 1.56% of commonly occurred interstitial defects: Ge, C, Si and Li placed in different symmetry locations of the lattice. Interstitials lead to the formation of additional deep and/or shallow energy levels depending on both the guest species type and the symmetry location. Upon comparison of the electronic transport coefficients of all different silicon-interstitial systems we observe that 1.56% of Ge interstitial defects placed in hexagonal sites provide the best improvement of ZT by a factor of 17 with reference to the bulk value. In a parallel study of ideal Si/Ge SLs of varying periods, we demonstrate that the electronic transport properties can be tuned by applying external strain. At higher carrier concentrations positive strain (tension) in the in-plane direction of the SL leads to significant improvement of the Seebeck coefficient. Finally, we introduce interstitial defects in Si/Ge SL to determine how additional energy levels and defect-induced strain can be used to tailor electron transport in superlattices.
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2. P. Chen, N. A. Katcho, J. P. Feser, Wu. Li, M. Glaser, O. G. Schmidt, D. G. Cahill, N. Mingo, and A. Rastelli, "Role of Surface-Segregation-Driven Intermixing on the Thermal Transport through Planar Si/Ge Superlattices", Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 115901 (2013).
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External Electric Field Driving the Ultra-Low Thermal Conductivity of Silicene
Zhenzhen Qin1,Guangzhao Qin1
RWTH Aachen University1Show Abstract
Manipulation of thermal transport (pursuing ultra-high or ultra-low thermal conductivity) is on emerging demands, since heat transfer plays a critical role in enormous practical implications, such as efficient heat dissipation in nano-electronics and heat conduction hindering in solid-state thermoelectrics. It is well established that the thermal transport in semiconductors and insulators (phonons) can be effectively modulated by structure engineering or materials processing. However, almost all the existing approaches involve altering the original atomic structure, which would be frustrated due to either irreversible structure change or limited tunability of thermal conductivity. Motivated by the inherent relationship between phonon behavior and interatomic electrostatic interaction, we comprehensively investigate the effect of external electric field, a widely used gating technique in modern electronics, on the lattice thermal conductivity (). Taking two-dimensional silicon (silicene) as a model system, we demonstrate that, by applying electric field (Ez = 0.5 V/Å) the thermal conductivity of silicene can be reduced to a record low value of ~0.091 W/mK, which is more than two orders of magnitude lower than that without electric field (19.21 W/mK). Fundamental insights are gained from the view of electronic structures. With electric field applied, due to the screened potential resulted from the redistributed charge density, the interactions between Si atoms are renormalized, leading to the phonon renormalization and the modulation of phonon anharmonicity through electron-phonon coupling. Our study paves the way for robustly tuning phonon transport in materials without altering the atomic structure, and would have significant impact on emerging applications, such as thermal management, nanoelectronics and thermoelectrics.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.16
High Electron and Hole Thermopower in Ultra-Pure Carbon Nanotube Networks
Feifei Lian1,2,Ting Lei1,Victoria Chen1,Aditya Sood1,Zuanyi Li1,Kenneth Goodson1,Vincent Gambin2,Zhenan Bao1,Eric Pop1
Stanford University1,Northrop Grumman Corporation2Show Abstract
Semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes (s-SWNTs) are expected to have high Seebeck coefficient and high electrical conductivities [1,2]. However due to the presence of metallic SWNTs, polymer wrapping, and dopants, the effective Seebeck coefficient of materials based on s-SWNTs have been measured to be much lower . In this work, we present a comprehensive study of the effect of temperature and doping (both n- and p-type) on the thermoelectric transport in ultra-pure (>99.9 %) s-SWNT networks. We measure the highest electron and hole Seebeck coefficients for polymer-free s-SWNT networks, over the 80 to 600 K temperature range.
We use nanoscale on-chip thermometry to measure the electrical conductance and Seebeck coefficient of ultra-pure s-SWNT networks (5-7 nm thick) as a function of Fermi energy by back-gating the network, from electron- to hole-transport regime. We fabricate large numbers of devices based on an electrical thermometry technique . First, we pattern and deposit Ti/Pt electrodes on 300 nm SiO2/p++ Si substrates. Next, the s-SWNT are solution-deposited onto the chips. We remove traces of polymer from the SWNTs and subsequently pattern and etch the s-SWNTs into 10–50 µm scale channels over the electrical thermometers.
We measure the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductance of these networks under vacuum while varying the back-gate voltage over temperatures ranging from 80 K to 600 K. Due to the high quality of the s-SWNTs, the networks have high electrical on/off ratios of 106. The SWNT films transition from p-type to ambipolar transport above 450 K. Beyond 550 K, we measure both high hole and electron thermopower, reaching of up to ±550 μV/K, which is a record for a SWNT network. We attribute our results to the minimal amount of SWNT bundling, low polymer residue, and very few metallic SWNTs in our networks. Using physical models of the thermal, thermoelectric, and electrical properties of both individual SWNT and the junction between s-SWNTs, we produce a deeper understanding of the fundamental thermoelectric transport in these networks.
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High-Quality Thermoelectric 2D Chalcogenide Epitaxial Thin Films via van der Waals Epitaxy
Jae-Yeol Hwang1,Kyu Hyoung Lee2,Sung Wng Kim1
Sungkyunkwan University1,Kangwon National University2Show Abstract
Demands on high-quality two-dimensional (2D) chalcogenide thin films are growing due to the findings of exotic physical properties and promising potentials for device applications. However, the difficulties in controlling epitaxy with defect density and an unclear understanding of van der Waals epitaxy (vdWE) for 2D chalcogenide film on the substrate have been major obstacles for the further advances of these materials. In this research, we demonstrate new scalable approaches enabling the vdWE of 2D chalcogenide films on 2D and 3D substrates. As a proof of concept, highly-crystalline bismuth antimony telluride thermoelectric thin-films were epitaxially grown on 2D (graphene) and 3D (α-Al2O3) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. It was elucidated that the vdWE growth mechanism of these films on 2D and 3D substrates is utterly governed by the surface reaction of the substrate with chalcogen. In particular, this peculiar vdWE renders the high-quality 2D chalcogenide film with superior carrier mobility and low defect density comparable to single crystal. Furthermore, exceptionally low thermal conductivity were observed in these vdWE films.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.18
Band Structure of the Mg3Sb2-Mg3Bi2 Alloy Composition Investigated with Transport Analysis
Kazuki Imasato1,Stephen Kang2,1,Saneyuki Ohno2,1,G. Snyder1
Northwestern University1,California Institute of Technology2Show Abstract
The strategy of alloying in the Mg3Sb2-Mg3Bi2 thermoelectric compound has originally been understood mostly as a means to reducing the thermal conductivity. However, it is evident from electronic transport properties that alloying also has a significant impact on the band structure. To fully understand the optimum alloy composition for thermoelectrics, it is necessary to model both the p- and n-type compounds as a function of the Mg3Sb2 vs. Mg3Bi2 composition. We establish a model for the optimum alloy composition and find that the electronic property enhancement accounts for about 50 % of the benefits from alloying. We discuss how the Mg3Sb2-Mg3Bi2 alloying impacts the band structure in terms of the band gap, mass, and convergence, which are the essential features that should be considered for band engineering in this material.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.20
Strain Engineering Thermal Conduction in Silicon Nanofilms
Yuqiang Zeng1,Amy Marconnet1
Purdue University1Show Abstract
The thermal conductivity (k) of silicon thin films can be reduced by additional phonon scattering at boundaries of the thin film. Though the lower k makes thermal management in electronics devices challenging, it is promising for an enhancement of the power factor (for thermoelectric devices) in silicon nanostructures, which has been demonstrated in recent experimental and theoretical studies. Beyond nanostructuring, mechanical strain impacts both the electron and phonon transport in nanostructures. This work focuses on using strain engineering to reduce thermal conductivity in order to further improve the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) in sub-40-nm silicon nanofilms. While past simulations showed an impact of strain on thermal transport in semiconductor films, there is not yet a conclusion on its impact on ZT due to the conflicting simulation results. Thus, here, we systematically measure the size-, strain-, and temperature- dependent thermal conductivity to elucidate the strain-dependent phonon transport in strained silicon nanostructures. In addition to the impact of strain on thermal transport in silicon nanofilms, we evaluate the potential impact on ZT.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.21
Reliability Test of Bismuth-Telluride Thermoelectric Module as a Military Portable Power Generator
Jae-Seong Yeo1,Jung-Hun Lee1,Ki-Su Lee1,Il-Sung Seo1
Agency for Defense Development1Show Abstract
Reliability characteristics of thermoelectric module (TEM) depends on case-by-case application and availability. A military soldier’s portable thermoelectric generator (TEG) mainly consists of thermoelectric modules, heating parts, cooling parts, and power circuit. Thermoelectric module is a key factor to determine the mechanical and electrical durability of a military portable TEG. From the life cycle environmental history of the TEM as an application of soldier’s portable power sources, the main natural and induced environmental stresses were categorized into high temperature, low temperature, humidity, vibration and shock. According to MIL-STD-810F, reliability tests of TEM were successfully carried out under the environmental conditions simulated deployment of a military solider use. In this study, Bi-Te thermoelectric module was used to evaluate its environmental and mechanical reliability under the military environmental conditions. The bismuth-telluride (Bi-Te) TEM after environmental tests exhibits a slight decrease of maximum output power about 3 ~ 6%. A humid atmosphere is more harmful to the electrical performance of TEM as an application of portable power generator, and the TEM should be encapsulated by metal housing with an inert or vacuum atmosphere or sealing its outer perimeter to prohibit it from water contact. The Bi-Te TEM after environmental tests exhibits no visual evidence of mechanical damage. The Bi-Te TEM after mechanical tests (vibration and shock) exhibits no degradation of maximum output power, and no visual evidence of mechanical damage, such as cracking or deformation. This reliability test data of TEM can provide good design factors in designing a military portable thermoelectric generator.
5:00 PM - EN10.08.22
Nanophotonic Thermoelectric Device Temperature Probed Using Noise Thermometry
Phillip Jahelka1,Kelly Mauser1,Seyoon Kim1,K. Schwab1,Harry Atwater1
California Institute of Technology1Show Abstract
We have recently demonstrated subwavelength thermoelectric nanostructures designed for resonant spectrally selective absorption, which creates large localized temperature gradients even with unfocused, spatially-uniform illumination to generate easily measureable thermoelectric voltages. We have shown that such structures are tunable and are capable of highly wavelength - specific detection, with an input power responsivity of up to 38 V/W, referenced to incident illumination, and bandwidth of nearly 3 kHz, by combining resonant absorption and thermoelectric junctions within a single membrane-suspended nanostructure, yielding a bandgap-independent photodetection mechanism. We report results for both resonant nanophotonic bismuth telluride – antimony telluride structures and chromel – alumel structures as examples of a broad class of nanophotonic thermoelectric structures useful for fast, low-cost and robust optoelectronic applications such as non-bandgap-limited hyperspectral and broad-band photodetectors.
Probing thermal states in such nanophotonic systems has traditionally come with the caveat that the measurement technique itself alters the thermal state of the system. For example, AFM thermal probes, which come within nanometers of the surface, may radiatively alter the system and are also limited by thermocouple error. Platinum RTD thermometers, with wires comparable to the size and thickness of the nanophotonic device itself, alter the thermal profile of the system. Non-contact, far-field techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, are limited in collection area by the thermal wavelength which is often larger than the nanophotonic device being measured. Additionally, it is not possible to obtain sub-Kelvin temperature resolution by collecting thermal radiation.
We have developed a non-invasive measurement technique which uses the nanophotonic materials themselves as thermometers. We combine noise thermometery, which measures the absolute temperature of the electrons within the nanophotonic material, with thermoelectric measurements of the nanophotonic devices, which allow us to observe the temperature rise in a nanophotonic wire array with probes as far as 100 microns away from the center of light absorption in a nanophotonic thermoelectric device. We predict a temperature rise of several Kelvin within the nanophotonic structures, and test these predictions using room temperature, kHz noise thermometry to get better than 0.5 Kelvin error in temperature.
 Mauser, K. M., et al, “Resonant Thermoelectric Nanophotonics”, Nature Nanotechnol., 2017, 12, 770-775.
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Temperature-Dependent Bond Strength and Sound Velocity In (GeTe)mSb2Te3 Alloys
Wanyue Peng1,Spencer Mathers1,David Smiadak1,Michael Boehlert1,Donald Morelli1,Alexandra Zevalkink1
Michigan State University1Show Abstract
(GeTe)mSb2Te3 alloys have been previously shown to be excellent thermoelectric material with figure of merit >2 when fully optimized. The (GeTe)mSb2Te3 superlattice can be visualized as m layers of GeTe inserted into the center of each Sb2Te3 slab, which expands the initial unit cell of Sb2Te3 to include long-range ordered 3D blocks with vacancies between the blocks. The (GeTe)mSb2Te3 superlattice exhibits a phase transition from rhombohedral (R-3m) to cubic rock salt (Fm-3m) at high temperature, similar to GeTe. This reversible phase transition is accompanied by abrupt changes in electrical and optical properties, enabling applications in phase-change memory devices. However, even though the structural and thermal properties of these materials have been studied in some depth, the effect of the phase transition on bond strength and phonon transport properties has not been studied. In this study, we combine high temperature X-ray diffraction and high-temperature resonant ultrasound spectroscopy to measure the lattice parameters, elastic moduli and sound velocity in (GeTe)mSb2Te3. We find that the elastic moduli and speed of sound increase gradually with increasing temperature up to the phase transition, then exhibit a final sharp increase upon transforming to the rock salt structure after which the elastic moduli begin to decrease. Our results suggest that with increasing temperature, the ordered vacancy layers diffuse gradually into the surrounding distorted rock salt matrix, increasing the interlayer bond strength, thus leading to the anomalous temperature-dependence of the thermal conductivity.