Enhancement of the thermoelectric properties of n-type PbTe by Na and Cl co-doping

I. Cohen, M. Kaller, G. Komisarchik, D. Fuks, Y. Gelbstein

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In an attempt to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, associated with severe environmental effects, the current research is focused on the enhancement of the direct thermal to electrical thermoelectric efficiency of n-type PbTe by Na and Cl co-doping. We show that such co-doping is expected to enhance the thermoelectric efficiency by more than 17% compared to any of the previously reported lanthanum or iodine doped single-phase compositions, due to reduced lattice thermal conductivity values, originated by lattice disordering and mass/radii fluctuations in addition to improved carrier mobilities, originated by lower effective masses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9559-9564
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number37
StatePublished - 10 Aug 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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