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Improving Thermoelectric Properties Of Chemically Synthesized Bi2te3-Based Nanocrystals By Annealing, Yixin Zhao, Jeffrey Dyck, Brett Hernandez, Clemens Burda Jul 2010

Improving Thermoelectric Properties Of Chemically Synthesized Bi2te3-Based Nanocrystals By Annealing, Yixin Zhao, Jeffrey Dyck, Brett Hernandez, Clemens Burda

Jeffrey Dyck

The power factors of chemically synthesized Bi2Te3 and Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 nanocrystals (NCs) were improved up to 2.4 and 7.8 μW cm−1 K−2, respectively, which are significantly higher than previously reported values for chemically synthesized Bi2Te3 NCs and even comparable to the recently reported highest power factor of 5 μW cm−1 K−2 for Bi2Te3 NCs consolidated by spark plasma sintering. This improvement was achieved by annealing the NCs under argon protection, and the crystal structures and morphologies of these annealed NCs were characterized via XRD, SEM, and TEM measurements. The temperature-dependent thermoelectric properties of ...