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Title: Nanostructured rocksalt-type solid solution series (Ge{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}Te){sub n}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} (n=4, 7, 12; 0≤x≤1): Thermal behavior and thermoelectric properties

Solid solutions (Ge{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}Te){sub n}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} (n=4, 7, 12; 0≤x≤1) represent stable high-temperature phases and can be obtained as metastable compounds by quenching. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that the quenched (pseudo-)cubic materials exhibit parquet-like nanostructures comparable to, but especially for n=4 more pronounced than in (GeTe){sub n}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} (GST materials). The temperature-dependent phase transitions are comparable; however, substitution with Sn significantly lowers the transition temperatures between cubic high-temperature phase and the long range ordered layered phases that are stable at ambient conditions. In addition, the metrics of the quenched Sn-containing materials remains closer to cubic, especially for samples with n=7 or 12. For samples with high defect concentrations (n=4, 7), Sn-substituted samples exhibit electrical conductivities up to 3 times higher than those of corresponding GST materials. Since the difference in thermal conductivity is much less pronounced, this results in a doubling of the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) at high temperatures for (Ge{sub 0.5}Sn{sub 0.5}Te){sub 4}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} as compared to (GeTe){sub 4}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}. Sn doping in (GeTe){sub 7}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} increases the ZT value by a factor of up to 4 which is also due to an increased Seebeck coefficient. - Graphical abstract: High-resolutionmore » transmission electron micrographs of (GeTe){sub 4}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} (top) and (Ge{sub 0.5}Sn{sub 0.5}Te){sub 4}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} (bottom) with different nanostructures and thermoelectric figures of merit (ZT) of these samples. - Highlights: • Representative samples of solid solutions of (Ge{sub 1−x}Sn{sub x}Te){sub n}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} were synthesized. • Sn substitution leads to more pronounced nanostructures in defect-rich compounds. • Phase transitions are comparable to (GeTe){sub n}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} but occur at lower temperatures. • Sn substitution tends to increase electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. • ZT of (GeTe){sub 7}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} increases from 0.2 to 0.7 (at 400 °C) upon Sn substitution.« less
Authors:
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  1. Department of Chemistry, Ludwig Maximilian University, Butenandtstraße 5-13, 81377 Munich (Germany)
  2. German Aerospace Center, Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne (Germany)
  3. Institute for Mineralogy, Crystallography and Materials Science, Leipzig University, Scharnhorststraße 20, 04275 Leipzig (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22334287
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 215; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; ANTIMONY TELLURIDES; CRYSTAL STRUCTURE; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; GERMANIUM TELLURIDES; NANOSTRUCTURES; SOLID SOLUTIONS; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; THERMOELECTRIC PROPERTIES; TRANSITION TEMPERATURE; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY