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BaCu2Se2 based compounds as promising thermoelectric materials

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In the past few years, many studies have been devoted to the thermoelectric properties of copper selenides and sulfides, and several families of materials have been developed with promising performances. In this paper, we report on the synthesis and thermoelectric properties of Na-doped BaCu2Se2 from 20 K to 773 K. By Na doping at the Ba site, the electrical conductivity can be increased by 2 orders of magnitude, and the power factor can reach 8.2 μW cm−1 K−2 at 773 K. Combined with a low thermal conductivity of 0.65 W m−1 K−1, a ZT of 1.0 has been obtained for Ba0.925Na0.075Cu2Se2 at 773 K, which is the highest value reported in this family to date. However, BaCu2Se2 volatilizes at 473 K, so a protective coating is necessary for its application. Besides, we studied the thermal expansion coefficient of BaCu2Se2 in this paper.

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The article was received on 19 Nov 2014, accepted on 08 Dec 2014 and first published on 11 Dec 2014

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4DT03556A
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Citation: Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 2285-2293
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    BaCu2Se2 based compounds as promising thermoelectric materials

    J. Li, L. Zhao, J. Sui, D. Berardan, W. Cai and N. Dragoe, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 2285
    DOI: 10.1039/C4DT03556A

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