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Title: Suppression of grain growth in nanocrystalline Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} through oxide particle dispersions

The strategy of suppressing grain growth by dispersing nanoscale particles that pin the grain boundaries is demonstrated in a nanocrystalline thermoelectric compound. Yttria nanoparticles that were incorporated by mechanical alloying enabled nanocrystalline (i.e., d < 100 nm) Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} to be retained up to a homologous temperature of 0.94 T{sub m} for durations over which the grain size of the unreinforced compound grew to several microns. The nanostructure appeared to saturate at a grain size that depended on volume fraction (f) according to an f {sup −1/3} relationship, in accordance with theoretical models in the limit of high volume fractions of particles. Interestingly, at low temperatures, the particles stimulate enhanced grain growth over the unreinforced compound, due to particle-stimulated nucleation of recrystallization. To help prevent this effect, in-situ composites formed by internal oxidation of yttrium are compared with those made ex-situ by incorporation of yttria nanoparticles, with the result that the in-situ dispersion eliminates recrystallization at low temperatures and therefore improves nanostructure stabilization. These developments offer a pathway to thermally stabilized bulk nanocrystalline thermoelectrics processed via a powder route.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)
  2. (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22402581
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 17; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; BISMUTH TELLURIDES; GRAIN BOUNDARIES; GRAIN GROWTH; GRAIN SIZE; NANOPARTICLES; NANOSTRUCTURES; NUCLEATION; POWDERS; RECRYSTALLIZATION; YTTRIUM OXIDES