Highly textured Bi2 Te3 -based materials for thermoelectric energy conversion Academic Article uri icon


  • This work is concerned with Bi2Te3-based compounds known as being highly effective materials for thermoelectric applications near room temperature. These compounds are characterized by a remarkable anisotropy linked to their R3¯m crystal structure. Two textured p-type Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 samples were prepared using a powder metallurgy approach, with the c axis parallel to the pressing direction. One sample was undoped while the second was doped with Pb which acts as an acceptor. The electrical conductivity, Hall coefficient, and magnetoresistivity were measured from room temperature down to 6K. The Seebeck coefficient α and electrical conductivity σ were measured along and perpendicular to the c axis from 300 up to 550K, and the thermal conductivity κ was measured at 300K. Different values of Seebeck coefficient were observed along and perpendicular to the c axis at temperatures above Ti, the beginning of intrinsic region in which the influence of the minority carriers becomes significant. Below Ti, the Seebeck...

publication date

  • January 1, 2007