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Boosting the thermoelectric performance of misfit-layered (SnS)1.2(TiS2)2 by a Co- and Cu-substituted alloying effect

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Abstract

Understanding the alloying effect is of critical significance for rationally designing highly efficient thermoelectric materials. Here, we report that a Co- and Cu-substituted alloying effect in misfit-layered (SnS)1.2(TiS2)2 can directly enhance the thermoelectric performance with the highest dimensionless figure of merit ZT of ∼ 0.42 at 720 K until now. The substitution of Co3+ and Cu2+ for Ti4+ ions reduces the electron carrier concentration of the n-type material, thereby contributing to the increase of the Seebeck coefficient, which is clearly evidenced by the Hall measurement. In addition, the introduction of point defects due to the Co and Cu substitution gives rise to the decrease of phononic thermal conductivity. Consequently, the Co- and Cu-substituted alloying effect triggers an optimized carrier concentration, local mass fluctuation, and local strain variation, which inherently lead to the enhancement of thermoelectric properties owing to the combined effect of improved electrical transport properties and increased phonon scattering. The present misfit-layered chalcogenide provides an excellent platform for modulating the thermoelectric performance via an element-substituted alloying effect.

Graphical abstract: Boosting the thermoelectric performance of misfit-layered (SnS)1.2(TiS2)2 by a Co- and Cu-substituted alloying effect

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The article was received on 30 Aug 2018, accepted on 15 Oct 2018 and first published on 16 Oct 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA08426B
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, Advance Article
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    Boosting the thermoelectric performance of misfit-layered (SnS)1.2(TiS2)2 by a Co- and Cu-substituted alloying effect

    C. Yin, Q. Hu, M. Tang, H. Liu, Z. Chen, Z. Wang and R. Ang, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8TA08426B

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