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Title: Controlled growth of bismuth antimony telluride BixSb2 − xTe3 nanoplatelets and their bulk thermoelectric nanocomposites
Authors: Zhang, Chaohua
Peng, Zeping
Li, Zhong
Yu, Ligen
Khor, Khiam Aik
Xiong, Qihua
Keywords: Science::Physics
Issue Date: 2015
Source: Zhang, C., Peng, Z., Li, Z., Yu, L., Khor, K. A., & Xiong, Q. (2015). Controlled growth of bismuth antimony telluride BixSb2 − xTe3 nanoplatelets and their bulk thermoelectric nanocomposites. Nano Energy, 15, 688-696. doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2015.05.022
Journal: Nano Energy
Abstract: Solution synthesis as a scalable bottom-up growth method shows considerable advantages for designing novel nanostructured bulk composites with augmented thermoelectric performance. Tuning the composition of synthesized materials in the solution process is important for adjusting the carrier type and concentration. Here, we report a modified solvothermal synthesis method for the controlled growth of BixSb2−xTe3 nanoplatelets, which can be sintered into nanostructured bulk pellets by using the spark plasma sintering process. We further demonstrate the tuning of the stoichiometric composition in ternary BixSb2−xTe3 nanoplatelets with high crystallinity and homogenous phase purity, which is proved by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The composition dependence of the thermoelectric performance of p-type BixSb2−xTe3 pellets is also systemically studied. The optimized nanostructured bulk Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 sample is found to have ZT ~0.51 at 375 K, which shows great potential for further improving the thermoelectric performance by this solution synthesis method. Considering the progress in n-type Bi–Te–Se composites, our results advocate the promise of bismuth/antimony chalcogenide nanocomposites towards practical thermoelectric applications.
ISSN: 2211-2855
DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2015.05.022
Schools: School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences 
Organisations: Research Support Office and Bibliometrics Analysis
Rights: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Nano Energy and is made available with permission of Elsevier Ltd.
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