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Layered Tl2O: a model thermoelectric material

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Two-dimensional materials with a higher figure of merit ZT would be desirable in energy conversion techniques. High power factor and low lattice thermal conductivity are two essential indicators of high ZT and it is important to explore the limits of what can be achieved in two-dimensions including realistic material parameters. Using first principles calculations and Boltzmann transport theory, the thermoelectric transport properties of single-, bi- and tri-layer Tl2O are analyzed. The carrier relaxation time is calculated based on electron–phonon scattering. It is found that tri-layer Tl2O exhibits a high power factor. With the analysis of the thermal conductivity from the lattice and electrons, we find that single layer p-type Tl2O has a high ZT of about 2 at 300 K.

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The article was received on 29 Dec 2018, accepted on 27 Mar 2019 and first published on 28 Mar 2019

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TC06601A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019,7, 5094-5103

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    Layered Tl2O: a model thermoelectric material

    H. H. Huang, G. Xing, X. Fan, D. J. Singh and W. T. Zheng, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, 7, 5094
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TC06601A

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