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Issue 48, 2018
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Ag doping induced abnormal lattice thermal conductivity in Cu2Se

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Superionic Cu2Se-based thermoelectric materials have attracted extensive attention in recent years due to their ultralow lattice thermal conductivity and high dimensionless figure of merit (zT). Inspired by the effectiveness of heavy-element doping in reducing lattice thermal conductivity in various thermoelectric materials, we investigate the Ag-doping effects on the thermoelectric properties of Cu2Se nanocrystals made via a facile solvothermal method and subsequently spark plasma sintering. Based on the single parabolic band model analysis of thermoelectric properties, it has been found that the isoelectronic Ag dopant leads to an enhanced carrier concentration and significantly reduced carrier mobility, as well as a reduced electrical conductivity and power factor. Moreover, the reduced disorder-level of cations leads to an extraordinarily enhanced lattice thermal conductivity. All these result in a zT reduction for Ag-doped Cu2Se. This work systematically studies the influence of Ag dopants on the thermoelectric performance of Cu2Se and indicates that the Ag-doping is less promising in enhancing it.

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The article was received on 18 Aug 2018, accepted on 16 Nov 2018 and first published on 17 Nov 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04129F
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 13225-13231

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    Ag doping induced abnormal lattice thermal conductivity in Cu2Se

    W. Liu, X. Shi, M. Hong, L. Yang, R. Moshwan, Z. Chen and J. Zou, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 13225
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TC04129F

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