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Published March 2009 | public
Journal Article

In situ observation of eutectoid reaction forming a PbTe-Sb₂Te₃ thermoelectric nanocomposite by synchrotron X-ray diffraction


In situ high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction experiments have been performed on performed on Pb10.5Sb6Te57.9 using using a synchrotron X-ray source to observe the eutectoid reaction from Pb2Sb6Te11 to PbTe and Sb2Te3. Molar fractions of the constituent phases and fraction transformed were obtained as functions of time. The experimental fraction transformed vs. time curve were well fitted by the Kolmogorov–Johnson–Mehl–Avrami equation with an Avrami index n = 1.4. The small n value suggests that the growth of the new phases PbTe and Sb2Te3 is one-dimensional.

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© 2008 Elsevier. Received 19 September 2008; revised 21 October 2008; accepted 26 October 2008. Available online 5 November 2008.

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