Jump to main content
Jump to site search

Issue 48, 2015
Previous Article Next Article

Tetrahedrites as thermoelectric materials: an overview

Author affiliations


Tetrahedrites are natural earth-abundant minerals consisting of environmentally-friendly elements of copper and sulphur. Recently, research has been focused on the natural and synthetic minerals of tetrahedrite materials for thermoelectric applications. The thermoelectric figure of merit zT of around unity at ∼723 K for many doped and natural tetrahedrite materials in the past 2–3 years was determined and this value is comparable to conventional p-type TE materials. In this review, a brief history of tetrahedrite materials is followed by information about its crystal structure and chemical bonding, electronic band structure and transport properties. Different synthesis approaches have been summarized. Also, this review outlines the effect of different doping elements on the thermoelectric properties of tetrahedrite materials, and the natural mineral tetrahedrite that can be used as thermoelectric materials.

Graphical abstract: Tetrahedrites as thermoelectric materials: an overview

Back to tab navigation

Publication details

The article was received on 14 Aug 2015, accepted on 18 Nov 2015 and first published on 26 Nov 2015

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5TC02537K
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015,3, 12364-12378
  •   Request permissions

    Tetrahedrites as thermoelectric materials: an overview

    R. Chetty, A. Bali and R. C. Mallik, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 12364
    DOI: 10.1039/C5TC02537K

Search articles by author