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Thermoelectric properties of p-type polycrystalline SnSe doped with Ag

Chen, Cheng-Lung and Wang, Heng and Chen, Yang-Yuan and Day, Tristan and Snyder, G. Jeffrey (2014) Thermoelectric properties of p-type polycrystalline SnSe doped with Ag. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2 (29). pp. 11171-11176. ISSN 2050-7488.

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Many IV–VI semiconductors tend to be good thermoelectric materials, these include all Pb chalcogenides as well as Pb-free SnTe: all of which crystallize in a NaCl cubic structure. Another group of IV–VI compounds form layered orthorhombic structures. SnSe is one of these compounds, whose transport properties as a polycrystalline thermoelectric material have rarely been studied. Here we present our study of p-type polycrystalline SnSe doped with Ag, prepared by melting and hot pressing. SnSe has anisotropic properties with hysteresis observed in resistivity between 300 and 650 K regardless of doping. Ag is not an ideal dopant but is able to increase the carrier density significantly, as a result a peak zT of 0.6 was observed at 750 K. Transport properties of doped SnSe can be explained with a single parabolic band model, which suggests promising potential for this compound together with its challenges.

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Additional Information:© 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Received 04 Apr 2014, Accepted 02 May 2014. First published online 02 May 2014. H. W., T. D. and G. J. S. thank the Bosch-BERN and AFOSR-MURI programs for funding.
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Official Citation:Thermoelectric properties of p-type polycrystalline SnSe doped with Ag Cheng-Lung Chen, Heng Wang, Yang-Yuan Chen, Tristan Day and G. Jeffrey Snyder J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 11171-11176 DOI: 10.1039/C4TA01643B
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