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Title: Achieving high room-temperature thermoelectric performance in cubic AgCuTe

Abstract

Average ZT of near unity provides a competitive thermoelectric conversion efficiency of ∼12% at low temperature difference of 400 K.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [2]
  1. Clean Energy Materials and Engineering Center, State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Film and Integrated Device, School of Electronic Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731
  2. Department of Physics and TcSUH, University of Houston, Houston, USA
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USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1597131
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0010831
Resource Type:
Publisher's Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Materials Chemistry. A
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of Materials Chemistry. A; Journal ID: ISSN 2050-7488
Publisher:
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Country of Publication:
United Kingdom
Language:
English

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Jiang, Jing, Zhu, Hangtian, Niu, Yi, Zhu, Qing, Song, Shaowei, Zhou, Ting, Wang, Chao, and Ren, Zhifeng. Achieving high room-temperature thermoelectric performance in cubic AgCuTe. United Kingdom: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.1039/C9TA12954E.
Jiang, Jing, Zhu, Hangtian, Niu, Yi, Zhu, Qing, Song, Shaowei, Zhou, Ting, Wang, Chao, & Ren, Zhifeng. Achieving high room-temperature thermoelectric performance in cubic AgCuTe. United Kingdom. doi:10.1039/C9TA12954E.
Jiang, Jing, Zhu, Hangtian, Niu, Yi, Zhu, Qing, Song, Shaowei, Zhou, Ting, Wang, Chao, and Ren, Zhifeng. Wed . "Achieving high room-temperature thermoelectric performance in cubic AgCuTe". United Kingdom. doi:10.1039/C9TA12954E.
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abstractNote = {Average ZT of near unity provides a competitive thermoelectric conversion efficiency of ∼12% at low temperature difference of 400 K.},
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