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Title: Synthesis, characterisation and thermoelectric properties of the oxytelluride Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te

Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te was synthesised from a stoichiometric mixture of Bi, Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Te by a solid state reaction. Analysis of powder X-ray diffraction data indicates that this material crystallises in the anti-ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure type (space group I4/mmm), with lattice parameters a=3.98025(4) and c=12.70391(16) Å. The electrical and thermal transport properties of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te were investigated as a function of temperature over the temperature range 300≤T (K)≤665. These measurements indicate that Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te is an n-type semiconductor, with a band gap of 0.23 eV. The thermal conductivity of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te is remarkably low for a crystalline material, with a value of only 0.91 W m{sup −1} K{sup −1} at room temperature. - Graphical abstract: Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te, which crystallises in the anti-ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure type, is an n-type semiconductor with a remarkably low thermal conductivity. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te crystallises in the anti-ThCr{sub 2}Si{sub 2} structure type. • Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te is an n-type semiconductor, with a band gap of 0.23 eV. • The thermal conductivity of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te approaches values found for amorphous solids. • The thermoelectric figure of merit of undoped Bi{sub 2}O{sub 2}Te reaches 0.13 atmore » 573 K.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [3]
  1. Institute of Chemical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS (United Kingdom)
  2. (United Kingdom)
  3. Department of Chemistry, University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AD (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22475657
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 226; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 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; BISMUTH OXIDES; BISMUTH TELLURIDES; ELECTRIC CONDUCTIVITY; LATTICE PARAMETERS; MIXTURES; N-TYPE CONDUCTORS; POWDERS; SOLIDS; SYNTHESIS; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TETRAGONAL LATTICES; THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY; THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS; THERMOELECTRIC PROPERTIES; X-RAY DIFFRACTION