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Enhancing thermoelectric performance of n-type PbSe via additional meso-scale phonon scattering

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The study of the lead chalcogenides system has been extended throughout the history of thermoelectrics due to their extraordinary physical and chemical properties. Compared with PbTe, PbSe has been drawing increased attention because it combines several attractive features, such as higher melting point, lower cost, and higher operation temperatures. The all-scale hierarchical structures were successfully applied to p-type PbSe systems, and a fascinating ZT value was achieved by effectively reducing the lattice thermal conductivity, which could be attributed to phonon scattering with a spectrum of wavelengths. However, the lattice thermal conductivity also reached about 1.0 W m−1 K−1 in the n-type PbSe system, which is very high compared with p-type PbSe that has been reported. In this study, by means of introducing mesostructures, the lattice thermal conductivity was efficaciously lowered from ∼1.3 W m−1 K−1 to ∼1.2 W m−1 K−1 at room temperature and ∼0.9 W m−1 K−1 to ∼0.6 W m−1 K−1 at 923 K for the n-type PbSe–PbS system. Correspondingly, a marked increase in ZT value from ∼1.3 to ∼1.5 at 923 K was observed, which indicated that the applications with superior conversion efficiencies on a large scale could be achieved from systems consisting of abundant and inexpensive chemical elements.

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The article was received on 24 Jan 2017, accepted on 07 Feb 2017 and first published on 08 Feb 2017


Article type: Research Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00051K
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017,4, 719-726
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    Enhancing thermoelectric performance of n-type PbSe via additional meso-scale phonon scattering

    X. Qian, L. Zheng, Y. Xiao, C. Chang and L. Zhao, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, 4, 719
    DOI: 10.1039/C7QI00051K

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