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Title: Neutron diffraction and thermoelectric properties of indium filled In x Co 4 Sb 12 ( x=0.05, 0.2) and indium cerium filled Ce 0.05 In 0.1 Co 4 Sb 12 skutterudites: Neutron diffraction and thermoelectric properties of In/Ce skutterudites

The thermoelectric properties on polycrystalline single (In) and double filled (Ce, In) skutterudites are characterized between 300 and 700 K. Powder neutron diffraction measurements of the skutterudite compositions In xCo 4Sb 12 (x= 0.05, 0.2) and Ce 0.05In 0.1Co 4Sb 12 as a function of temperature (12- 300 K) were carried out, which gives more insight into the structural data of single and double-filled skutterudites. Our results show that due to the annealing treatment, a Sb deficiency is detectable and thus verifies defects at the Sb lattice site of the skutterudite. Furthermore, we show by electron microprobe analysis that a considerable amount of indium is lost during synthesis and post-processing for the single indium filled samples, but not for the double cerium and indium skutterudite sample. The double-filled skutterudite is superior to the single-filled skutterudite composition due to a higher charge carrier density, a comparable lattice thermal resistivity, and a higher density of states effective mass in our experiment. Finally, we obtained a significantly higher Einstein temperature for the double-filled skutterudite composition in comparison to the single-filled species, which reflects the high sensitivity due to filling of the void lattice position within the skutterudite crystal.
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  1. German Aerospace Center (DLR), Koln (Germany)
  2. Julich Center for Neutron Science JCNS (Germany). Peter Grunberg Inst. PGI
  3. Indian Inst. of Technology (IIT), Mumbai (India)
  4. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  5. Julich Center for Neutron Science JCNS (Germany). Peter Grunberg Inst. PGI; Univ. of Liege, (Belgium); Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  6. German Aerospace Center (DLR), Koln (Germany); Justus Liebig Univ., Giessen (Germany)
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Journal Name:
Physica Status Solidi. A, Applications and Materials Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 213; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1862-6300
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; neutron diffraction; Sb deficiency; skutterudites; thermoelectrics
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