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Title: High thermoelectric performance in the new cubic semiconductor AgSnSbSe3 by high-entropy engineering
Authors: Luo, Yubo
Hao, Shiqiang
Cai, Songting
Slade, Tyler J.
Luo, Zhong Zhen
Dravid, Vinayak P.
Wolverton, Chris
Yan, Qingyu
Kanatzidis, Mercouri G.
Keywords: Engineering::Materials::Energy materials
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Luo, Y., Hao, S., Cai, S., Slade, T. J., Luo, Z. Z., Dravid, V. P., ... Kanatzidis, M. G. (2020). High thermoelectric performance in the new cubic semiconductor AgSnSbSe3 by high-entropy engineering. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 142(35), 15187–15198. doi:
Journal: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Abstract: We investigate the structural and physical properties of the AgSnmSbSem+2 system with m=1-20 (i.e. SnSe matrix and ~5-50 % AgSbSe2) from length scales ranging from atomic, nano and macro. We find the 50:50 composition, with m=1 (i.e. AgSnSbSe3), forms a stable cation disordered cubic rock-salt p-type semiconductor with a special multipeak electronic valence band structure. AgSnSbSe3 has an intrinsically low lattice thermal conductivity of ~0.47 Wm-1K-1 at 673 K owing to the synergy of cation disorder, phonon anharmonicity, low phonon velocity, and low-frequency optical modes. Fur-thermore, Te alloying on Se sites creates a quinary high entropy NaCl-type solid solution AgSnSbSe3-xTex with randomly disordered cations and anions. The extra point defects and lattice dislocations lead to glass-like lattice thermal conductiv-ities of ~0.32 Wm-1K-1 at 723 K and higher hole carrier concentration than AgSnSbSe3. Concurrently, the Te alloying promotes greater convergence of the multiple valence band maxima in AgSnSbSe1.5Te1.5, the composition with the highest configurational entropy. Facilitated by these favorable modifications, we achieve a high average power factor of ~9.54 μWcm-1K-2 (400-773 K), a peak thermoelectric figure of merit ZT of 1.14 at 723 K and a high average ZT of ~1.0 over a wide temperature range of 400-773 K in AgSnSbSe1.5Te1.5.
ISSN: 1520-5126
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c07803
Rights: This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in Journal of the American Chemical Society, copyright © American Chemical Society after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see
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