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  1. Thermoelectric properties of LaFeAsO1-y at low temperature

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    Kihou, K.; Lee, C. H.; Miyazawa, K.; Shirage, P. M.; Iyo, A.; Eisaki, H.

    2010-08-01

    We have studied the thermoelectric properties of LaFeAsO1-y in the temperature range 10-300 K. The resistivity decreases with carrier doping induced by oxygen deficiency up to y =0.16. On the other hand, the Seebeck coefficient shows a maximum absolute value at a finite doping level. The power factor (PF) and the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) in y =0.16 are PF=4.1 mW m-1 K-2 at T =75 K and ZT =0.061 at T =125 K. The results indicate that iron pnictides have potential as a good low temperature thermoelectric material.

  2. Design, crystal growth, and physical properties of low-temperature thermoelectric materials

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    Fuccillo, Michael K.

    Thermoelectric materials serve as the foundation for two important modern technologies, namely 1) solid-state cooling, which enables small-area refrigeration without vibrations or moving parts, and 2) thermoelectric power generation, which has important implications for waste heat recovery and improved sources of alternative energy. Although the overall field of thermoelectrics research has been active for decades, and several consumer and industrial products have already been commercialized, the design and synthesis of new thermoelectrics that outperform long-standing state of the art materials has proven extremely challenging. This is particularly true for low-temperature refrigeration applications, which is the focus of this work; however, scientific advances in this area generally support power generation as well. In order to achieve more efficient materials for virtually all thermoelectric applications, improved materials design principles must be developed and synthetic procedures must be better understood. We aim to contribute to these goals by studying two classes of materials, namely 1) the tetradymites Bi2TeSe 2 and Bi2Te2Se, which are close relatives of state of the art thermoelectric cooling materials, and 2) Kondo insulating (-like) FeSb2 and FeSi, which possess anomalously enhanced low-temperature thermoelectric properties that arise from exotic electronic and magnetic properties. The organization of this dissertation is as follows: Chapter 1 is a brief perspective on solid-state chemistry. Chapter 2 presents experimental methods for synthesizing and characterizing thermoelectric materials. In Chapter 3, two original research projects are discussed: first, work on the tetradymite Bi2TeSe2 doped with Sb to achieve an n- to p-type transition, and second, the tetradymite Bi2Te2Se with chemical defects through two different methods. Chapter 4 gives the magnetic and transport properties of FeSb 2--RuSb2 alloys, a family of compounds exemplifying what we

  3. Thermoelectric properties of Au-based metallic glass at low temperatures

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    Pryadun, V. V.; Louzguine-Luzgin, D. V.; Shvanskaya, L. V.; Vasiliev, A. N.

    2015-04-01

    The thermoelectric properties of Au49Cu26.9Ag5.5Pd2.3Si16.3 glassy alloy have been studied using electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient measurements over temperature range 2-390 K. At heating, resistivity ρ decreases in a power-law manner from residual value ρ0 ˜ 150 μΩ cm. The temperature coefficient of resistivity, α = ρ-1(∂ρ/∂ T), is rather small and varies non-monotonously. Thermal conductivity κ rises linearly at low temperatures; it exhibits a plateau-like feature and sharply increases at elevated temperatures. Seebeck coefficient S increases with temperature and exhibits a characteristic "knee" feature. At elevated temperatures, S increases linearly with temperature but with a different slope. It total, thermoelectric properties of Au-based glassy alloy demonstrate behavior of a highly disordered system in a most pronounced manner.

  4. Low-temperature thermoelectric properties of Pb doped Cu2SnSe3

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    Prasad K, Shyam; Rao, Ashok; Gahtori, Bhasker; Bathula, Sivaiah; Dhar, Ajay; Chang, Chia-Chi; Kuo, Yung-Kang

    2017-09-01

    A series of Cu2Sn1-xPbxSe3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.04) compounds was prepared by solid state synthesis technique. The electrical resistivity (ρ) decreased with increase in Pb content up to x = 0.01, thereafter it increased with further increase in x (till x = 0.03). However, the lowest value of electrical resistivity is observed for Cu2Sn0.96Pb0.04Se3. Analysis of electrical resistivity of all the samples suggests that small poloron hoping model is operative in the high temperature regime while variable range hopping is effective in the low temperature regime. The positive Seebeck coefficient (S) for pristine and doped samples in the entire temperature range indicates that the majority charge carriers are holes. The electronic thermal conductivity (κe) of the Cu2Sn1-xPbxSe3 compounds was estimated by the Wiedemann-Franz law and found that the contribution from κe is less than 1% of the total thermal conductivity (κ). The highest ZT 0.013 was achieved at 400 K for the sample Cu2Sn0.98Pb0.02Se3, about 30% enhancement as compared to the pristine sample.

  5. Transport properties of cubic crystalline Ge2Sb2Te5: a potential low-temperature thermoelectric material.

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    Sun, Jifeng; Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Subedi, Alaska; ...

    2015-03-26

    Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) has been widely used as a popular phase change material. In this study, we show that it exhibits high Seebeck coe cients 200 - 300 μV/K in its cubic crystalline phase (c-GST) at remarkably high p-type doping levels of 1 1019 - 6 1019 cm-3 at room temperature. More importantly, at low temperature (T = 200 K), the Seebeck coe cient was found to exceed 200 μV/K for a doping range 1 1019 - 3.5 1019 cm-3. Given that the lattice thermal conductivity in this phase has already been measured to be extremely low ( 0.7 W/m-K atmore » 300 K), our results suggest the possibility of using c-GST as a low-temperature thermoelectric material.« less

  6. Thermoelectric properties of Al substituted misfit cobaltite Ca3(Co1- x Al x )4O9 at low temperature

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    Liu, Yi; Chen, Hong-mei; Hu, Jin-lian; Tang, Xu-bing; Li, Hai-jin; Wang, Wei

    2014-07-01

    Thermoelectric properties of Al substituted compounds Ca3(Co1- x Al x )4O9 ( x = 0, 0.03, 0.05), prepared by a sol-gel process, have been investigated in the temperature range 305-20 K. The results indicate that after Al substitution for Co in Ca3(Co1- x Al x )4O9, the direct current electrical resistivity and thermopower increase due to the reduction of carrier concentration. Experiments show that Al substitution results in decreased lattice thermal conductivity. The figure of merit of temperature behavior suggests that Ca3(Co0.97Al0.03)4O9 would be a promising candidate thermoelectric material for high-temperature thermoelectric application.

  7. Enhancing thermoelectric power factor at low temperature

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    Zebarjadi, Mona

    2017-02-01

    In this article, we review some of the ideas relevant to Peltier cooling at room temperatures and below. We identify challenges and directions for thermoelectric refrigeration. We also point out that measures other than ZT, should be used for active cooling cycle where heat is pumped from hot to cold. Finally, we review several strategies proposed in the past by our group and others to enhance the thermoelectric power factor.

  8. LOW TEMPERATURE THERMOELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF Bi-Sb ALLOYS WITH PARTIAL SUBSTITUTION OF Ag OR Zn FOR Sb

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    Huang, R. J.; Cai, F. S.; Gong, L. H.; Li, L. F.; Evans, D.

    2008-03-03

    Bi-Sb-Ag and Bi-Sb-Zn alloys with the general formula of Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 15-x}Ag{sub x}(x = 0, 1, 3, 5, 7) and Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 15-x}Zn{sub x}(x = 1, 3, 5, 7), respectively, were prepared by mechanical alloying and subsequent pressure-less sintering. The phase structures of the samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction. Thermoelectric properties were investigated by measuring electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity in the temperature range of 80-300 K. The results show that the figure-of-merit of sample Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 14}Ag{sub 1} reach a maximum value of 2.16x10{sup -3} K{sup -1} at 219 K, which is twice as large as that of the reference sample Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 15}. The value of 1.58x10{sup -3} K{sup -1} for figure-of-merit was obtained in the sample Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 14}Zn{sub 1} at 155 K, which is about 78 percent larger than that of the reference sample Bi{sub 85}Sb{sub 15} at the same temperature. The maximum figure-of-merit value is obviously shifted towards lower temperature region.

  9. Thermoelectric Materials Development for Low Temperature Geothermal Power Generation

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    Tim Hansen

    2016-01-29

    Data includes characterization results for novel thermoelectric materials developed specifically for power generation from low temperature geothermal brines. Materials characterization data includes material density, thickness, resistance, Seebeck coefficient. This research was carried out by Novus Energy Partners in Cooperation with Southern Research Institute for a Department of Energy Sponsored Project.

  10. Low Temperature Thermoelectric Characterization of Ag2Se

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    Drymiotis, Fivos; Neff, David; Coney, Michael; Bux, Sabah; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre

    Previous work on Ag2Se showed that this n-type material could have a dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) ~1 at room temperature, due to its high mobility and low thermal conductivity. However, the results from the initial reports have not yet been reproduced. In this talk, I will summarize our efforts to replicate the aforementioned thermoelectric performance, and also discuss the experimental setup that we utilized in order to perform the low-temperature thermoelectric characterization of this material. This work was performed at the California Institute of Technology/Jet Propulsion Laboratory under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This work was supported by JPL's Research and Technology Development Program.

  11. Transport properties of cubic crystalline Ge2Sb2Te5: a potential low-temperature thermoelectric material.

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    Sun, Jifeng; Mukhopadhyay, Saikat; Subedi, Alaska; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David J.

    2015-03-26

    Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) has been widely used as a popular phase change material. In this study, we show that it exhibits high Seebeck coe cients 200 - 300 μV/K in its cubic crystalline phase (c-GST) at remarkably high p-type doping levels of 1 1019 - 6 1019 cm-3 at room temperature. More importantly, at low temperature (T = 200 K), the Seebeck coe cient was found to exceed 200 μV/K for a doping range 1 1019 - 3.5 1019 cm-3. Given that the lattice thermal conductivity in this phase has already been measured to be extremely low ( 0.7 W/m-K at 300 K), our results suggest the possibility of using c-GST as a low-temperature thermoelectric material.

  12. Computational design for low-temperature thermoelectric materials

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    Zebarjadi, Mona

    2014-03-01

    Thermoelectric materials are usually doped with external impurity atoms which provide the required level of carrier concentration (electrons/holes) for a good electronic performance. These impurity atoms scatter the conduction carriers and limit their mobility. Such limitation can be improved by introducing new doping schemes. For instance, impurity atoms can be substituted by metallic/ semi-metallic nanoparticles, or heavily doped semiconducting grains/nanowires can be embedded inside a host matrix in order to create a three dimensional modulation doping structure. We have recently demonstrated three dimensional modulation doping scheme in nanostructured SiGe materials and observed about 40% enhancement in the carrier mobility compared to uniform doping. The enhancement could be much larger if a complete separation of carriers and ions is achieved e.g. by addition of a spacer layer It is possible to shield the nanoparticles with a coating layer to minimize the conduction carrier scattering and reduce the scattering cross section by 4 orders of magnitudes below the physical cross section to cloak the nanoclusters and to design invisible dopants. Extension of such a design to realistic materials can increase the carrier mobility by orders of magnitude especially at low temperatures, and can potentially increase the thermoelectric performance by two orders of magnitude.

  13. Electronic Structure of CsBi(4 )Te(6 ): A New Low Temperature Thermoelectric

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    Larson, P.; Mahanti, S. D.; Chung, D.-Y.; Kanatzidis, M. G.

    2001-03-01

    Recently, it has been found that CsBi(4 )Te( 6 ) is a narrow-gap semiconductor with a larger thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT ( ~ ) 0.8) than traditional Bi(_2-x )Sb(x )Te(3 ) alloys at low temperatures (T < 225 K).(D-Y Chung, T. Hogan, P. Brazis, M. Rocci-Lane, C. Kannewurf, M. Bastea, C. Uher, M.G. Kanatzidis, Science 287), 1024 (2000). This improvement has been seen in the hole-doped samples. Since thermoelectric properties depend sensitively on the electronic structure of these narrow gap semiconductors, we have carried out detailed electronic structure calculations of CsBi(4 )Te(6 ) using ab initio all-electron linearized-augmented planewave (LAPW) method within density functional theory (DFT). The crystal structure of CsBi(4 )Te( 6 ) contains Bi-Bi bonds, unique for chalcogenide systems, which we find to play an important role in its electronic structure and thermoelectric properties. The predicted hole transport in this system is highly anisotropic and counterintuitive. Implications of our electronic structure calculations on the thermoelectric properties will be discussed.

  14. Low-temperature properties of aviation fuels

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    Brunton, C.; Voisey, M.A.; Willcock, C.R.

    1983-01-01

    A review is presented of work on the low-temperature properties of aviation turbine fuels that has been carried out in recent years at Thornton Research Centre. Details of both simulated full-scale aircraft tank tests and laboratory evaluations are included. Zero holdup is considered as a low-temperature specification parameter and a novel method for measuring its value is described. Experimental results are presented which demonstrate that a change from a freezing point to a flow criterion could provide an increase in fuel availability without prejudicing flight safety.

  15. An additive approach to low temperature zero pressure sintering of bismuth antimony telluride thermoelectric materials

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    Catlin, Glenn C.; Tripathi, Rajesh; Nunes, Geoffrey; Lynch, Philip B.; Jones, Howard D.; Schmitt, Devin C.

    2017-03-01

    This paper presents an additive-based approach to the formulation of thermoelectric materials suitable for screen printing. Such printing processes are a likely route to such thermoelectric applications as micro-generators for wireless sensor networks and medical devices, but require the development of materials that can be sintered at ambient pressure and low temperatures. Using a rapid screening process, we identify the eutectic combination of antimony and tellurium as an additive for bismuth-antimony-telluride that enables good thermoelectric performance without a high pressure step. An optimized composite of 15 weight percent Sb7.5Te92.5 in Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 is scaled up and formulated into a screen-printable paste. Samples fabricated from this paste achieve a thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) of 0.74 using a maximum processing temperature of 748 K and a total thermal processing budget of 12 K-hours.

  16. High thermoelectric figure of merit in nanocrystalline polyaniline at low temperatures

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    Nath, Chandrani; Kumar, Ashok E-mail: okram@csr.res.in; Kuo, Yung-Kang; Okram, Gunadhor Singh E-mail: okram@csr.res.in

    2014-09-29

    Thermoelectric coolers with figure of merit (ZT) close to unity at low temperatures are the need of the hour with new advances in high temperature superconductors, superconducting microelectronic circuits, quantum computers, and photonics. Here, we demonstrate that the conducting polymer polyaniline (Pani) doped with camphor sulfonic acid synthesized in semi-crystalline nanostructures, possesses a giant Seebeck effect at low temperatures. The resulting enormously large Seebeck coefficient (up to 0.6 V/K) combined with an intrinsically low electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity give rise to a ZT = 0.77 at 45 K and ZT = 2.17 at 17 K.

  17. High thermoelectric figure of merit in nanocrystalline polyaniline at low temperatures

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    Nath, Chandrani; Kumar, Ashok; Kuo, Yung-Kang; Okram, Gunadhor Singh

    2014-09-01

    Thermoelectric coolers with figure of merit (ZT) close to unity at low temperatures are the need of the hour with new advances in high temperature superconductors, superconducting microelectronic circuits, quantum computers, and photonics. Here, we demonstrate that the conducting polymer polyaniline (Pani) doped with camphor sulfonic acid synthesized in semi-crystalline nanostructures, possesses a giant Seebeck effect at low temperatures. The resulting enormously large Seebeck coefficient (up to 0.6 V/K) combined with an intrinsically low electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity give rise to a ZT = 0.77 at 45 K and ZT = 2.17 at 17 K.

  18. Thermoelectric Properties of Complex Oxide Heterostructures

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    Cain, Tyler Andrew

    Thermoelectrics are a promising energy conversion technology for power generation and cooling systems. The thermal and electrical properties of the materials at the heart of thermoelectric devices dictate conversion efficiency and technological viability. Studying the fundamental properties of potentially new thermoelectric materials is of great importance for improving device performance and understanding the electronic structure of materials systems. In this dissertation, investigations on the thermoelectric properties of a prototypical complex oxide, SrTiO3, are discussed. Hybrid molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) is used to synthesize La-doped SrTiO3 thin films, which exhibit high electron mobilities and large Seebeck coefficients resulting in large thermoelectric power factors at low temperatures. Large interfacial electron densities have been observed in SrTiO3/RTiO 3 (R=Gd,Sm) heterostructures. The thermoelectric properties of such heterostructures are investigated, including the use of a modulation doping approach to control interfacial electron densities. Low-temperature Seebeck coefficients of extreme electron-density SrTiO3 quantum wells are shown to provide insight into their electronic structure.

  19. Intermediate Valence Tuning and Seebeck Coefficient Optimization in Yb-based Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials

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    Lehr, Gloria; Morelli, Donald; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph

    2014-03-01

    Several Yb-based intermediate valence compounds have unique thermoelectric properties at low temperatures. These materials are interesting to study for niche applications such as cryogenic Peltier cooling of infrared sensors on satellites. Elements of different sizes, which form isostructural compounds, are used to form solid solutions creating a chemical pressure (smaller atoms - Sc) or relaxation (larger atoms - La) to alter the volume of the unit cell and thereby manipulate the average Yb valence. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show a strong correlation between the Seebeck coefficient and the ratio of trivalent to divalent Yb in these compounds. Two different Yb-based solid solution systems, Yb1-xScxAl2 and Yb1-xLaxCu2Si2, demonstrate that the concentration of Yb can be used to tune both the magnitude of the Seebeck coefficient as well as the temperature at which its absolute maximum occurs. This work is supported by Michigan State University and AFOSR-MURI ``Cryogenic Peltier Cooling'' Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533.

  20. Reduction of phonon mean free path: From low-temperature physics to room temperature applications in thermoelectricity

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    Bourgeois, Olivier; Tainoff, Dimitri; Tavakoli, Adib; Liu, Yanqing; Blanc, Christophe; Boukhari, Mustapha; Barski, André; Hadji, Emmanuel

    2016-12-01

    It has been proposed for a long time now that the reduction of the thermal conductivity by reducing the phonon mean free path is one of the best way to improve the current performance of thermoelectrics. By measuring the thermal conductance and thermal conductivity of nanowires and thin films, we show different ways of increasing the phonon scattering from low-temperature up to room-temperature experiments. It is shown that playing with the geometry (constriction, periodic structures, nano-inclusions), from the ballistic to the diffusive limit, the phonon thermal transport can be severely altered in single crystalline semiconducting structures; the phonon mean free path is in consequence reduced. The diverse implications on thermoelectric properties will be eventually discussed.

  1. Properties of ferrites at low temperatures (invited)

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    Dionne, G.F.

    1997-04-01

    At cryogenic temperatures magnetic properties of ferrites change significantly from their values at room temperature, which has been the main regime for most device applications. Recently, microwave ferrite devices with superconducting microstrip circuits have been demonstrated at a temperature of 77 K with virtually no electrical conduction losses. Conventional ferrimagnetic garnet and spinel compositions, however, are not generally optimized for low temperatures and may require chemical redesign if the full potential of these devices is to be realized. Saturation magnetizations increase according to the Brillouin{endash}Weiss function dependence that is characteristic of all ferromagnetic materials. Increased magnetocrystalline anisotropy and magnetostriction can have large effects on hysteresis loop squareness and coercive fields that are essential for stable phase shift and efficient switching. Rare-earth impurities and other ions with short spin-lattice relaxation times can cause increased microwave losses. In this article, the basic magnetochemistry pertaining to ferrites will be examined for adaptation of ferrite technology to cryogenic environments. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  2. Thermoelectric Properties of Selenides Spinels

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    Snyder, G.; Caillat, T.; Fleurial, J-P.

    2000-01-01

    Many compounds with the spinel structure type have been analyzed for their thermoelectric properties. Published data was used to augment experimental results presented here to select promising thermoelectric spinels.

  3. Low temperature thermophysical properties of lunar soil

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    Cremers, C. J.

    1973-01-01

    The thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of lunar fines samples from the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions, determined at low temperatures as a function of temperature and various densities, are reviewed. It is shown that the thermal conductivity of lunar soil is nearly the same as that of terrestrial basaltic rock under the same temperature and pressure conditions.

  4. Bottom-up processing and low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe

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    Ge, Zhen-Hua; Wei, Kaya; Lewis, Hutton; Martin, Joshua; Nolas, George S.

    2015-05-15

    A hydrothermal approach was employed to efficiently synthesize SnSe nanorods. The nanorods were consolidated into polycrystalline SnSe by spark plasma sintering for low temperature electrical and thermal properties characterization. The low temperature transport properties indicate semiconducting behavior with a typical dielectric temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity. The transport properties are discussed in light of the recent interest in this material for thermoelectric applications. The nanorod growth mechanism is also discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method through a bottom-up approach. Micron sized flower-like crystals changed to nanorods with increasing hydrothermal temperature. Low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe, after SPS densification, were reported for the first time. This bottom-up synthetic approach can be used to produce phase-pure dense polycrystalline materials for thermoelectrics applications. - Highlights: • SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple and efficient hydrothermal approach. • The role of temperature, time and NaOH content was investigated. • SPS densification allowed for low temperature transport properties measurements. • Transport measurements indicate semiconducting behavior.

  5. Optoelectronic and low temperature thermoelectric studies on nanostructured thin films of silver gallium selenide

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    Jacob, Rajani Philip, Rachel Reena Nazer, Sheeba Abraham, Anitha Nair, Sinitha B.; Pradeep, B.; Urmila, K. S.; Okram, G. S.

    2014-01-28

    Polycrystalline thin films of silver gallium selenide were deposited on ultrasonically cleaned soda lime glass substrates by multi-source vacuum co-evaporation technique. The structural analysis done by X-ray diffraction ascertained the formation of nano structured tetragonal chalcopyrite thin films. The compound formation was confirmed by X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy. Atomic force microscopic technique has been used for surface morphological analysis. Direct allowed band gap ∼1.78eV with high absorption coefficient ∼10{sup 6}/m was estimated from absorbance spectra. Low temperature thermoelectric effects has been investigated in the temperature range 80–330K which manifested an unusual increase in Seebeck coefficient with negligible phonon drag toward the very low and room temperature regime. The electrical resistivity of these n-type films was assessed to be ∼2.6Ωm and the films showed good photo response.

  6. Optimizing the thermoelectric performance of low-temperature SnSe compounds by electronic structure design

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    Hong, A. J.; Li, L.; Zhu, H. X.; Yan, Z. B.; Liu, J. -M.; Ren, Z. F.

    2015-01-01

    Recently, the SnSe compound was reported to have a peak thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT) of ~2.62 at 923 K, but the ZT values at temperatures below 750 K are relatively low. In this work, the electronic structures of SnSe are calculated using the density functional theory, and the electro- and thermo-transport properties upon carrier density are evaluated by the semi-classic Boltzmann transport theory, revealing that the calculated ZT values along the a- and c-axes below 675 K are in agreement with reported values, but that along the b-axis can be as high as 2.57 by optimizing the carrier concentration to n ~ 3.6 × 1019 cm-3. It is suggested that a mixed ionic–covalent bonding and heavy-light band overlapping near the valence band are the reasons for the higher thermoelectric performance.

  7. Low temperature properties of the Kondo insulator FeSi

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    Figueira, M. S.; Franco, R.

    2007-07-01

    In this paper we study the low temperature (T) properties of the Kondo insulator FeSi within the X-boson approach. We show that the ground state of the FeSi is metallic and highly correlated with a large effective mass; the low temperature contributions to the specific heat and the resistivity are of the Fermi-liquid type. The low temperature properties are governed by a reentrant transition into a metallic state, that occurs when the chemical potential crosses the gap and enters the conduction band, generating a metallic ground state. The movement of the chemical potential is due to the strong correlations present in the system. We consider the low temperature regime of the Kondo insulator FeSi, where the hybridization gap is completely open. In this situation we identify the two characteristic temperatures: the coherence temperature T0 and the Kondo temperature TKL. In the range T < T0, we identify a regime characterized by the formation of coherent states and Fermi-liquid behavior of the low temperature properties; in the range TKL > T > T0, we identify a regime characterized by an activation energy. Within the X-boson approach we study those low temperature regimes although we do not try to adjust parameters to recover the experimental energy scales.

  8. Hydrogen-incorporation stabilization of metallic VO2(R) phase to room temperature, displaying promising low-temperature thermoelectric effect.

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    Wu, Changzheng; Feng, Feng; Feng, Jun; Dai, Jun; Peng, Lele; Zhao, Jiyin; Yang, Jinlong; Si, Cheng; Wu, Ziyu; Xie, Yi

    2011-09-07

    Regulation of electron-electron correlation has been found to be a new effective way to selectively control carrier concentration, which is a crucial step toward improving thermoelectric properties. The pure electronic behavior successfully stabilized the nonambient metallic VO(2)(R) to room temperature, giving excellent thermoelectric performance among the simple oxides with wider working temperature ranges.

  9. Thermoelectric Properties of Nanostructured CeAl3

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    Pokharel, Mani; Dahal, Tulashi; Ren, Zhifeng; Opeil, Cyril; Opeil Group Team; Ren Group Team

    2014-03-01

    Past investigations into the heavy fermion compound CeAl3 reveal a complex low-temperature physics resulting from the strong hybridization of localized 4f states with delocalized conduction electrons. This phenomenon gives rise to unusual electronic, thermal, and magnetic properties. We investigate the low-temperature thermoelectric properties of this strongly correlated system for its potential application as a p-type Peltier cooling element. In our work, nanostructured samples of CeAl3 have been prepared using dc hot-press method and evaluated for their thermoelectric properties. Effects of different hot-pressing temperatures on the nanostructure and the thermoelectric properties will be discussed. Our results on CeAl3 will be compared with our previous work on CeCu6. Funding for this work was provided by the DOD, USAF-OSR, MURI Program under Contract FA9550-10-1-0533.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of correlated materials

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    Tomczak, Jan; Haule, Kristjan; Miyake, Takashi; Georges, Antoine; Kotliar, Gabriel

    2011-03-01

    The discovery of large Seebeck coefficients in transition metal compounds such as FeSi, FeSb2, or the iron pnictides, has stirred renewed interest in the potential merits of electronic correlation effects for thermoelectric properties. The notorious sensitivity in this class of materials to small changes in composition (doping, chemical pressure) and external stimuli (temperature, pressure), makes a reliable and, possibly, predictive description cumbersome, while at the same time providing an arena of possibilities in the search for high performance thermoelectrics. Based on state-of-the-art electronic structure methods (density functional theory with the dynamical mean field theory) we here compute the thermoelectric response for several of the above mentioned exemplary materials from first principles. With the ultimate goal to understand the origin of a large thermoelectricity in these systems, we discuss various many-body renormalizations, and identify correlation controlled ingredients that are pivotal for thermopower enhancements.

  11. Evaluation of low temperature properties of warm mix asphalt

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    Wen, Jin; Liu, Zhifei; Wu, Shaopeng

    2009-12-01

    Warm mix asphalt (WMA), which reduces the mixing and compaction temperature of conventional hot mix asphalt (HMA), is becoming an attractive paving material. It is critical to identify the low temperature properties of warm mix asphalt. In this study, the three-point bending, bending creep tests and indirect tensile tests were conducted to test the low-temperature properties of warm mix asphalt as well as the conventional hot mix asphalt, which was used as the control mixture. Sasobit and Aspha-min were used as additives for warm mix asphalt, which was mixed and compacted lower than the traditional hot mix asphalt about 25°C dosages accounted for 3% of asphalt, and 0.3% of mixture, respectively. The results of bending strength, bending modulus, and creep rate indicate that warm mix asphalt using Sasobit and Aspha-min slightly affects the resistance property to cracking compared with the conventional hot mix asphalt. The results suggest that the warm mix asphalt can maintain the low temperature properties of hot mix asphalt.

  12. Evaluation of low temperature properties of warm mix asphalt

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    Wen, Jin; Liu, Zhifei; Wu, Shaopeng

    2010-03-01

    Warm mix asphalt (WMA), which reduces the mixing and compaction temperature of conventional hot mix asphalt (HMA), is becoming an attractive paving material. It is critical to identify the low temperature properties of warm mix asphalt. In this study, the three-point bending, bending creep tests and indirect tensile tests were conducted to test the low-temperature properties of warm mix asphalt as well as the conventional hot mix asphalt, which was used as the control mixture. Sasobit and Aspha-min were used as additives for warm mix asphalt, which was mixed and compacted lower than the traditional hot mix asphalt about 25°C dosages accounted for 3% of asphalt, and 0.3% of mixture, respectively. The results of bending strength, bending modulus, and creep rate indicate that warm mix asphalt using Sasobit and Aspha-min slightly affects the resistance property to cracking compared with the conventional hot mix asphalt. The results suggest that the warm mix asphalt can maintain the low temperature properties of hot mix asphalt.

  13. Low-temperature thermal properties of a hyperaged geological glass

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    Pérez-Castañeda, Tomás; Jiménez Riobóo, Rafael J.; Ramos, Miguel A.

    2013-07-01

    We have measured the specific heat of amber from the Dominican Republic, an ancient geological glass about 20 million years old, in the low-temperature range 0.6 K ≤ T ≤ 26 K, in order to assess the effects of its natural stabilization (hyperageing) process on the low-temperature glassy properties, i.e. boson peak and two-level systems. We have also conducted modulated differential scanning calorimetry experiments to characterize the thermodynamic state of our samples. We found that calorimetric curves exhibit a huge ageing signal ΔH ≈ 5 J g-1 in the first upscan at the glass transition Tg = 389 K, that completely disappears after heating up (rejuvenating) the sample to T = 395 K for 3 h. To independently evaluate the phonon contribution to the specific heat, Brillouin spectroscopy was performed in the temperature range 80 K ≤ T ≤ 300 K. An expected increase in the Debye level was observed after rejuvenating the Dominican amber. However, no significant change was observed in the low-temperature specific heat of glassy amber after erasing its thermal history: both its boson peak (i.e., the maximum in the Cp/T3 representation) and the density of tunnelling two-level systems (i.e., the Cp ˜ T contribution at the lowest temperatures) remained essentially the same. Also, a consistent analysis using the soft-potential model of our Cp data and earlier thermal-conductivity data found in the literature further supports our main conclusion, namely, that these glassy ‘anomalous’ properties at low temperatures remain essentially invariant after strong relaxational processes such as hyperageing.

  14. A Novel n-Type Organosilane-Metal Ion Hybrid of Rhodamine B and Copper Cation for Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Materials.

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    Bertram, John R; Penn, Aubrey; Nee, Matthew J; Rathnayake, Hemali

    2017-03-29

    An n-type organosilane-metal ion hybrid of Rhodamine B-silane and copper cation (Cu-RBS) was investigated as a low-temperature thermoelectric material. Computational analysis revealed the most likely localized binding site of Cu(2+) was to the Rhodamine B core and provided predictions of molecular orbitals and electrostatic potentials upon complexation. The concentration-dependent optical absorption and emission spectra confirmed the effective metal-ligand charge transfer from Cu(2+) to the xanthene core of RBS, indicating the potential for improved electrical properties for the complex relative to RBS. The electrical conductivity and Seebeck thermoelectric (TE) behavior were evaluated and compared with its precursor complex of Rhodamine B and copper cation. While a moderately high electrical conductivity of 4.38 S m(-1) was obtained for the Cu-RBS complex, the relatively low Seebeck coefficient of -26.2 μV/K resulted in a low TE power factor. However, compared to other organic doped materials, these results were promising toward developing n-type thermoelectric materials with no doping agents. Both phase segregation and thin film heterogeneity remain to be optimized; thus, the balance between Cu(2+) domains and RBS domain phases will likely yield higher Seebeck coefficients and improved power factors.

  15. Challenges in Characterizing Low-Temperature Regolith Properties

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    Swanger, Adam Michael; Mantovani, James G.

    2014-01-01

    The success or failure of in-situ resource utilization for planetary surface exploration--be it for scientific, colonization or commercialization purposes--relies heavily on the ability to design and implement systems which effectively process the associated regolith and exploit its benefits. In most cases this challenge necessarily includes the characterization of low-temperature (cryogenic) properties; as many celestial destinations of interest, such as the moon, Mars and asteroids, have little or no atmosphere to help sustain the consistently "high" surface temperatures seen on planets such as Earth, and therefore can experience permanent cryogenic temperatures or dramatic cyclical changes. Characterization of physical properties (such as specific heat, thermal and electrical conductivity, etc.) over the entire temperature profile is undoubtedly an important piece of the puzzle; however, the impact on mechanical properties due to the introduction of icy deposit must also be explored in order to devise effective and robust excavation technologies. Currently the Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Lab and the Cryogenics Test Lab at NASA Kennedy Space Center are developing technologies and experimental methods to address these challenges and aid in the characterization of physical and mechanical properties of regolith at cryogenic temperatures. This presentation will review the current state of knowledge concerning lunar regolith at low temperature including that of icy regolith.

  16. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties

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    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong

    2015-01-01

    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to −150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed. PMID:26382318

  17. The anomalous thermal properties of glasses at low temperatures

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    Pohl, R. O.; Salinger, G. L.

    1976-01-01

    While experimentally there is great regularity below 1 deg K in the behavior of a particular thermal property for all amorphous dielectrics it is not understood why these properties should differ from those of crystalline dielectrics, since it would seem that at low temperatures long-wavelength elastic waves, similar in both cases, would determine the thermal properties. A model involving systems having very few levels is used in the present study, although the relation between the model's systems and the nature of the glassy state is not known. It is shown, among other effects, that: specific heat measurements above 0.1 K indicate a distribution of local modes independent of energy; ultrasonic velocity measurements give information about phonon-local mode coupling parameters; and thermal expansion and far infrared experiments indicate a phonon-assisted tunneling model.

  18. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties.

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    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong

    2015-09-18

    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to -150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed.

  19. Shape memory polymers with high and low temperature resistant properties

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    Xiao, Xinli; Kong, Deyan; Qiu, Xueying; Zhang, Wenbo; Liu, Yanju; Zhang, Shen; Zhang, Fenghua; Hu, Yang; Leng, Jinsong

    2015-09-01

    High temperature shape memory polymers that can withstand the harsh temperatures for durable applications are synthesized, and the aromatic polyimide chains with flexible linkages within the backbone act as reversible phase. High molecular weight (Mn) is demanded to form physical crosslinks as fixed phase of thermoplastic shape memory polyimide, and the relationship between Mn and glass transition temperature (Tg) is explored. Thermoset shape memory polyimide shows higher Tg and storage modulus, better shape fixity than thermoplastic counterpart due to the low-density covalent crosslinking, and the influence of crosslinking on physical properties are studied. The mechanism of high temperature shape memory effects based on chain flexibility, molecular weight and crosslink density is proposed. Exposure to thermal cycling from +150 °C to -150 °C for 200 h produces negligible effect on the properties of the shape memory polyimide, and the possible mechanism of high and low temperature resistant property is discussed.

  20. Low temperature resistivity, thermoelectricity, and power factor of Nb doped anatase TiO2

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    Jaćimović, J.; Gaál, R.; Magrez, A.; Piatek, J.; Forró, L.; Nakao, S.; Hirose, Y.; Hasegawa, T.

    2013-01-01

    The resistivity of a very high quality anatase TiO2 doped with 6% of Nb was measured from 300 K down to 40 mK. No sign of superconductivity was detected. Instead, a minute quantity of cation vacancies resulted in a Kondo scattering. Measurements of thermo-electric power and resistivity were extended up to 600 K. The calculated power factor has a peak value of 14 μW/(K2cm) at 350 K, which is comparable to that of Bi2Te3 [Venkatasubramanian et al., Nature 413, 597 (2001)], the archetype thermolectrics. Taking the literature value for the thermal conductivity of Nb doped TiO2 thin films, the calculated figure of merit (ZT) is in the range of 0.1 above 300 K. This value is encouraging for further engineering of the material in order to reach ZT of 1 suitable for high temperature thermoelectrics.

  1. Linking membrane physical properties and low temperature tolerance in arthropods.

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    Waagner, Dorthe; Bouvrais, Hélène; Ipsen, John H; Holmstrup, Martin

    2013-12-01

    Maintenance of membrane fluidity is of crucial importance in ectotherms experiencing thermal changes. This maintenance has in ectotherms most often been indicated using indirect measures of biochemical changes of phospholipid membranes, which is then assumed to modulate the physico-chemical properties of the membrane. Here, we measure bending rigidity characterizing the membrane flexibility of re-constituted membrane vesicles to provide a more direct link between membrane physical characteristics and low temperature tolerance. Bending rigidity of lipid bilayers was measured in vitro using Giant Unilamellar Vesicles formed from phospholipid extracts of the springtail, Folsomia candida. The bending rigidity of these membranes decreased when exposed to 0.4 vol% ethanol (0.23 mM/L). Springtails exposed to ethanol for 24h significantly increased their cold shock tolerance. Thus, by chemically inducing decreased membrane rigidity, we have shown a direct link between the physico-chemical properties of the membranes and the capacity to tolerate low temperature in a chill-susceptible arthropod.

  2. Low-Temperature Seebeck Coefficients for Polaron-Driven Thermoelectric Effect in Organic Polymers.

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    de Oliveira Neto, Pedro Henrique; da Silva Filho, Demétrio A; Roncaratti, Luiz F; Acioli, Paulo H; E Silva, Geraldo Magela

    2016-07-14

    We report the results of electronic structure coupled to molecular dynamics simulations on organic polymers subject to a temperature gradient at low-temperature regimes. The temperature gradient is introduced using a Langevin-type dynamics corrected for quantum effects, which are very important in these systems. Under this condition we were able to determine that in these no-impurity systems the Seebeck coefficient is in the range of 1-3 μV/K. These results are in good agreement with reported experimental results under the same low-temperature conditions.

  3. Thermoelectric Properties of Complex Zintl Phases

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    Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2008-03-01

    Complex Zintl phases make ideal thermoelectric materials because they can exhibit the necessary ``electron-crystal, phonon-glass'' properties required for high thermoelectric efficiency. Complex crystal structures can lead to high thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) by having extraordinarily low lattice thermal conductivity. A recent example is the discovery that Yb14MnSb11, a complex Zintl compound, has twice the zT as the SiGe based material currently in use at NASA. The high temperature (300K - 1300K) electronic properties of Yb14MnSb11 can be understood using models for heavily doped semiconductors. The free hole concentration, confirmed by Hall effect measurements, is set by the electron counting rules of Zintl and the valence of the transition metal (Mn^+2). Substitution of nonmagnetic Zn^+2 for the magnetic Mn^+2 reduces the spin-disorder scattering and leads to increased zT (10%). The reduction of spin-disorder scattering is consistent with the picture of Yb14MnSb11 as an underscreened Kondo lattice as derived from low temperature measurements. The hole concentration can be reduced by the substitution of Al^+3 for Mn^+2, which leads to an increase in the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity consistent with models for degenerate semiconductors. This leads to further improvements (about 25%) in zT and a reduction in the temperature where the zT peaks. The peak in zT is due to the onset of minority carrier conduction and can be correlated with reduction in Seebeck coefficient, increase in electrical conductivity and increase in thermal conductivity due to bipolar thermal conduction.

  4. Investigating Low Temperature Properties of Rubber Seals - 13020

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    Jaunich, M.; Wolff, D.; Stark, W.

    2013-07-01

    To achieve the required tightness levels of containers for low and intermediate level radioactive wastes rubbers are widely applied as main sealing materials. The save encapsulation of the radioactive container contents has to be guaranteed according to legislation and appropriate guidelines for long storage periods as well as down to temperatures of -40 deg. C during transportation. Therefore the understanding of failure mechanisms that lead to leakage at low temperatures is of high importance. It is known that the material properties of rubbers are strongly influenced by temperature. At low temperatures this is caused by the rubber-glass transition (abbr. glass transition). During continuous cooling the material changes from rubber-like entropy-elastic to stiff energy-elastic behaviour, that allows nearly no strain or retraction. Therefore, rubbers are normally used above their glass transition but the minimum working temperature limit is not defined precisely, what can cause problems during application. The temperature range where full functionality is possible is strongly dependent on the application conditions and the material. For this investigation mainly ethylene propylene diene (EPDM) and fluorocarbon rubbers (FKM) were selected as they are often used for radioactive waste containers. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) are typically used for the determination of the temperature range of the glass transition process. The standardized compression set measurement according to ISO 815 is common for investigation of rubber sealing materials as the test simulates the seal behaviour after release. To reduce the test time of the standard tests a faster technique giving the same information was developed. Additionally, the breakdown temperature of the sealing function of complete O-ring seals is measured in a component test setup to compare it with the results of the other tests. The experimental setup is capable of

  5. Solvent-Based Synthesis of Nano-Bi0.85Sb0.15 for Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Applications

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    Kaspar, K.; Fritsch, K.; Habicht, K.; Willenberg, B.; Hillebrecht, H.

    2017-01-01

    In this study we show a preparation method for nanostructured Bi0.85Sb0.15 powders via a chemical reduction route in a polyol medium, yielding material with particle sizes of 20-150 nm in scalable amounts. The powders were consolidated by spark plasma sintering (SPS) in order to maintain the nanostructure. To investigate influence of the sinter process, the powders were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements before and after SPS. Transport properties, Seebeck effect, and thermal conductivity were determined in the low temperature range below 300 K. The samples showed excellent thermal conductivity of 2.3-2.6 W/m × K at 300 K and Seebeck coefficients from -97 μV/K to -107 μV/K at 300 K with a maximum of -141 μV/K at 110 K, thus leading to ZT values of up to 0.31 at room temperature. The results show that Bi-Sb-alloys are promising materials for low-temperature applications. Our wet chemical approach gives access to scalable amounts of nano-material with increased homogeneity and good thermoelectric properties after SPS.

  6. Crystal symmetry breaking in few quintuple Bi2Te3 nanosheets: applications in nanometrology of topological insulators and low-temperature thermoelectrics.

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    Srivastava, Punita; Kumar, Pushpendra; Singh, Kedar

    2014-08-01

    Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) and its associated compounds are the best bulk thermoelectric (TE) materials known in present day. In addition, stacked two-dimensional (2D) layers of Bi2Te3 have attracted brawny interest due to topologically protected surface state property. The authors herein report results of micro-Raman spectroscopy study of the "graphene-like" crystalline Bi2Te3 nanosheets with a thickness of a few atoms (few-quintuples) synthesized by convenient solvothermal route which is chiefly attractive from physics point of view. It is investigated that the optical phonon mode A1u, which is not-Raman active in bulk Bi2Te3 crystals, appears in atomically-thin nanosheets due to crystal-symmetry breaking in few quintuples layers (FQLs) and can be used in nanometrology of topological insulators (TIs). It is also suggested that sheets thinning to FQLs and tuning of Fermi level can help in achieving TI surface transport regime with enhance thermoelectric power. From seebeck measurements, Bi2Te3 sample exhibit p-type conduction having higher TE power at low temperature (40 K). Thus, Bi2Te3 nanosheets with strong spatial confinement of charge carriers are beneficial for TE devices. The developed technology for producing 2D layers of -Te(1)-Bi-Te(2)-Bi-Te(1)- creates an thrust for exploration of TIs and their possibility in practical applications.

  7. Low temperature properties of strong spin-orbit systems

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    Trinh, Jennifer

    Spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is a relativistic interaction between the electronic spin and orbital degrees of freedom. The SOC can give rise to a variety of interesting phenomena, most notably at low temperatures in compounds composed of large-Z (atomic number) elements, since the SOC scales as Z4. In this dissertation, I examine the low-temperature expression of SOC in the transport and magnetic properties of a representative selection of materials, including the heavy fermion system URu2Si2, narrow band gap semiconductor FeSb2, 5d transition metal oxide BaIrO3, linear band CoSb3 and RhSb3 skutterudites, as well as a new class of rare earth materials on a novel kagome lattice with non-collinear Ising axes, called the "tripod" kagome lattice. These compounds all feature unusual many-body properties that are either directly or indirectly linked to the large SOC present in each. In URu2Si2, for example, the large SOC is foundational to the hidden order (HO) phase that arises at THO = 17.5 K, where a remarkable magnetic signature is seen not in the linear magnetic susceptibility, chi1, but in the leading nonlinear term chi 3. Exotic magnetic ground states are also seen in the newly synthesized rare earth tripod kagome systems. The SOC is also an important component of the inverted band structure in Dirac materials, and thus plays a role in the band formation of CoSb3 and RhSb3, which have both been predicted to be near a topological transition. Finally, large SOC may also be related to interesting carrier dynamics in FeSb2 and BaIrO 3: FeSb2 displays a unique proportionality between the thermopower, S(T), and Hall mobility, UH( T), while BaIrO3 exhibits a non-saturating positive linear magnetoresistance, despite ferromagnetic order, which usually results in a negative saturating magnetoresistance. These examples showcase the importance of SOC across a range of strongly correlated phenomena spanning itinerant to localized electronic degrees of freedom.

  8. Low temperature property of Metaphosphatecopper(II/I) salt

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    Swain, Trilochan; Brahma, Gouri Sankhar

    2016-04-01

    An inorganically template metaphosphoric acid containing copper salt, nanomaterial, has been synthesized and characterized with different measurement techniques such as Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC), UV-Vis-NIR, HRTEM, VSM, PPMS and X-RD. The thermal property of this salt has been studied at a low temperature up to 223 K from 298 K with DSC. The specific heat capacity of this complex has been measured in atmospheric O2 at a rate of 10 K min-1 from 298 K to 223 K and vice versa in two thermal cycles. The net specific heat capacity of this salt is found -88.28 J/gm.K and - 86.56 J/gm.K in first and second thermal cycles, respectively. There is a discontinuity in the specific heat at 106 s while measuring the specific heat capacity of the above nanomaterial at constant temperature 283 K. This particle size of this nanomaterial is ˜ 10 nm. The paramagnetic Curie temperature (θP) and Curie constant (C) are 18.29 K and 1.35x10-3 respectively. This material founds insulator from PPMS and UV-Vis-NIR measurements. So, it can be used as thermal interface material as a composite component with some organic polymers such as paraffin wax, ethylene-vinyl acetate etc.

  9. Ulta-Low Temperature Properties of Amorphous and Glassy Materials

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    Douglas D. Osheroff

    2013-01-10

    During the grant period we made detailed studies of the dynamics of two level tunneling systems in glasses at very low temperature and by the application of AC and DC electric fields. Models have been developed that now account for both the formation and subsequent breaking of resonant tunneling pairs, and strongly bound pairs in a swept electric field. Perhaps most importantly, we saw a critical field in the polymeric glass Mylar, beyond which recovery following the application of a strong electric field is substantially modified from the predictions of current models. It was essential during the final grant period to see how general these new properties were by testing for them in a new and broader set of glasses. At the same time, the discovery that tunneling systems with nuclei possessing electric quadrupole moments that couple the TS behavior to magnetic fields was studied in this laboratory, using some of the probes that we alone employ. Finally, we were developing our own dielectric pulsed echo system, operating for the first time at the low energy splittings and hence temperatures at which interactions between TS are important. We combined this technique with the sudden application of both electric and strain fields to better understand the dynamics of the response of TS in glasses on a much shorter time scale than is possible with our established probes.

  10. Low temperature carrier transport properties in isotopically controlled germanium

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    Itoh, Kohei

    1994-12-01

    Investigations of electronic and optical properties of semiconductors often require specimens with extremely homogeneous dopant distributions and precisely controlled net-carrier concentrations and compensation ratios. The previous difficulties in fabricating such samples are overcome as reported in this thesis by growing high-purity Ge single crystals of controlled 75Ge and 70Ge isotopic compositions, and doping these crystals by the neutron transmutation doping (NTD) technique. The resulting net-impurity concentrations and the compensation ratios are precisely determined by the thermal neutron fluence and the [74Ge]/[70Ge] ratios of the starting Ge materials, respectively. This method also guarantees unprecedented doping uniformity. Using such samples the authors have conducted four types of electron (hole) transport studies probing the nature of (1) free carrier scattering by neutral impurities, (2) free carrier scattering by ionized impurities, (3) low temperature hopping conduction, and (4) free carrier transport in samples close to the metal-insulator transition.

  11. Physical properties of dense, low-temperature plasmas

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    Redmer, Ronald

    1997-04-01

    Plasmas occur in a wide range of the density-temperature plane. The physical quantities can be expressed by Green's functions which are evaluated by means of standard quantum statistical methods. The influences of many-particle effects such as dynamic screening and self-energy, structure factor and local-field corrections, formation and decay of bound states, degeneracy and Pauli exclusion principle are studied. As a basic concept for partially ionized plasmas, a cluster decomposition is performed for the self-energy as well as for the polarization function. The general model of a partially ionized plasma interpolates between low-density, nonmetallic systems such as atomic vapors and high-density, conducting systems such as metals or fully ionized plasmas. The equations of state, including the location of the critical point and the shape of the coexistence curve, are determined for expanded alkali-atom and mercury fluids. The occurrence of a metal-nonmetal transition near the critical point of the liquid-vapor phase transition leads in these materials to characteristic deviations from the behavior of nonconducting fluids such as the inert gases. Therefore, a unified approach is needed to describe the drastic changes of the electronic properties as well as the variation of the physical properties with the density. Similar results are obtained for the hypothetical plasma phase transition in hydrogen plasma. The transport coefficients (electrical and thermal conductivity, thermopower) are studied within linear response theory given here in the formulation of Zubarev which is valid for arbitrary degeneracy and yields the transport coefficients for the limiting cases of nondegenerate, weakly coupled plasmas (Spitzer theory) as well as degenerate, strongly coupled plasmas (Ziman theory). This linear response method is applied to partially ionized systems such as dense, low-temperature plasmas. Here, the conductivity changes from nonmetallic values up to those typical for

  12. Low Temperature Phonon Properties of Orthorhombic REMnO3

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    Liu, Zhenxian; Gao, Peng; Chen, Haiyan; Tyson, Trevor A.

    2010-03-01

    We present the temperature dependent phonon spectra of orthorhombic-LuMnO3 and DyMnO3. The temperature dependent phonon spectra results are compared with the XAFS measurement results to probe for structural changes in the low temperature region which may coincide with ferroelectric behavior.

  13. Thermoelectric properties of WS2 nanotube networks

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    Kawai, Hideki; Sugahara, Mitsunari; Okada, Ryotaro; Maniwa, Yutaka; Yomogida, Yohei; Yanagi, Kazuhiro

    2017-01-01

    We report the thermoelectric properties of WS2 nanotube networks. By using electrolyte-gating techniques, we turned on a conducting channel in the macroscopic networks of WS2 nanotubes in both the hole and electron regions and evaluated the thermoelectric properties of the networks. We manipulated the P- and N-type Seebeck coefficients in the WS2 nanotube networks by changing the shifts in the gate voltage potentials. The power factor of the WS2 nanotube networks increased as the gate voltage shifted and exhibited a high thermoelectric performance approaching that of single-crystalline WS2 flakes.

  14. Enhanced low temperature thermoelectric performance of Ag-doped BiCuSeO

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    Tan, S. G.; Lei, Hechang; Shao, D. F.; Lv, H. Y.; Lu, W. J.; Huang, Y. N.; Liu, Y.; Yuan, B.; Zu, L.; Kan, X. C.; Song, W. H.; Sun, Y. P.

    2014-08-01

    We investigated the physical properties of the silver doped layered oxyselenides BiCu1-xAgxSeO (x = 0-0.4), which crystallize in an unusual intergrowth structure with [Cu2Se2]2- and [Bi2O2]2+ layers. The total thermal conductivity is decreased because the heavier Ag doping in BiCuSeO lattice decreased the lattice thermal conductivity. The undoped BiCuSeO exhibits a semiconducting behavior, and the Ag-doped BiCuSeO performs much improved electrical conductivity. Although Ag-doping causes a decreasing Seebeck coefficient, the significant increase of the electrical conductivity compensates the moderate decrease of the Seebeck coefficient, which leads to the strongly improved power factor values. Finally, the figure of merit is improved and reaches a maximum ˜0.07 at 300 K for the sample BiCu0.7Ag0.3SeO.

  15. Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties in Surface Nanostructures

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    Takaki, Hirokazu; Kobayashi, Kazuaki; Shimono, Masato; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko; Hirose, Kenji

    2017-10-01

    The thermoelectric properties of TiN/MgO surface nanostructures have been determined using first-principles calculations based on the nonequilibrium Green's function (NEGF) method. Through structural modification of the surfaces at the atomistic level, we find that the metallic TiN thin-film layer becomes semiconducting with a small bandgap, which enhances the Seebeck coefficient, while the electrical conductivity remains high at room temperature. Hence, a much larger thermoelectric figure of merit is obtained compared with bulk. These findings indicate the possibility of designing thermoelectric devices with surface nanostructures.

  16. Thermoelectric properties of the Kondo insulator FeSb2

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    Figueira, M. S.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Franco, R.

    2012-06-01

    Recently it was shown [A. Bentien, S. Johnsen, G.K.H. Madsen, B.B. Iversen, F. Steglich, Europhys. Lett. 80, 17008 (2007)], that the strongly correlated Kondo insulator FeSb2 exhibits a colossal Seebeck coefficient; however, due to its large lattice thermal conductivity, the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) is only 0.005 at 12 K. This experimental result motivate us to perform a theoretical study of the thermoelectric properties of Kondo insulators, within the framework of the X-boson approach [R. Franco, M.S. Figueira, M.E. Foglio, Phys. Rev. B 66, 045112 (2002)] for the periodic Anderson model. We consider a set of parameters adequate for describing the compound FeSb2, and we calculate the resistivity, the thermoelectric power (Seebeck coefficient), the charge carrier thermal conductance, the thermoelectric factor power (zT), the Wiedemann-Franz law, the specific heat, and the Sommerfeld's γ coefficient. The result of the colossal maximum of the Seebeck coefficient, at low temperatures, has the same order of magnitude as the experimental result [A. Bentien, S. Johnsen, G.K.H. Madsen, B.B. Iversen, F. Steglich, Europhys. Lett. 80, 17008 (2007)]. We also show that those temperature region presents an intermediate valence behavior, characterized by a moderate increase of the Sommerfeld's γ coefficient.

  17. Low temperature properties of some Er-rich intermetallic compounds

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    K.A. Gshneidner,jr; A.O. Pecharsky; L.Hale; V.K. Pecharsky

    2004-09-30

    The low temperature volumetric heat capacity ({approx}3.5 to 350 K) and magnetic susceptibility ({approx}4 to 320 K) of Er{sub 3}Rh, Er{sub 3}Ir, Er{sub 3}Pt, Er{sub 2}Al, and Er{sub 2}Sn have been measured. All of the compounds order antiferromagnetically (or ferrimagnetically), and most exhibit more than one magnetic ordering transition. The volumetric heat capacities in general are smaller than those of the prototype magnetic regenerator materials, except for Er{sub 3}Ir in the 12 to 14 K temperature range.

  18. Thermal Properties of Double-Aluminized Kapton at Low Temperatures

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    Tuttle, J.; DiPirro, M.; Canavan, E.; Hait, T.

    2007-01-01

    Double-aluminized kapton (DAK) is commonly used in multi-layer insulation blankets in cryogenic systems. NASA plans to use individual DAK sheets in lightweight deployable shields for satellites carrying instruments. A set of these shields will reflect away thermal radiation from the sun, the earth, and the instrument's warm side and allow the instrument's cold side to radiate its own heat to deep space. In order to optimally design such a shield system, it is important to understand the thermal characteristics of DAK down to low temperatures. We describe experiments which measured the thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity down to 4 Kelvin and the emissivity down to 10 Kelvin.

  19. THERMAL PROPERTIES OF DOUBLE-ALUMINIZED KAPTON AT LOW TEMPERATURES

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    Tuttle, J.; DiPirro, M.; Canavan, E.; Hait, T.

    2008-03-03

    Double-aluminized kapton (DAK) is commonly used in multi-layer insulation blankets in cryogenic systems. NASA plans to use individual DAK sheets in lightweight deployable shields for satellites carrying instruments. A set of these shields will reflect away thermal radiation from the sun, the earth, and the instrument's warm side and allow the instrument's cold side to radiate its own heat to deep space. In order to optimally design such a shield system, it is important to understand the thermal characteristics of DAK down to low temperatures. We describe experiments which measured the thermal conductivity and electrical resistivity down to 4 Kelvin and the emissivity down to 10 Kelvin.

  20. Low temperature transport properties of pyrolytic graphite sheet

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    Nakamura, Sachiko; Miyafuji, Daisuke; Fujii, Takenori; Matsui, Tomohiro; Fukuyama, Hiroshi

    2017-09-01

    We have made thermal and electrical transport measurements of uncompressed pyrolytic graphite sheet (uPGS), a mass-produced thin graphite sheet with various thicknesses between 10 and 100 μ m, at temperatures between 2 and 300 K. Compared to exfoliated graphite sheets like Grafoil, uPGS has much higher conductivities by an order of magnitude because of its high crystallinity confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. This material is advantageous as a thermal link of light weight in a wide temperature range particularly above 60 K where the thermal conductivity is much higher than common thermal conductors such as copper and aluminum alloys. We also found a general relationship between thermal and electrical conductivities in graphite-based materials which have highly anisotropic conductivities. This would be useful to estimate thermal conductance of a cryogenic part made of these materials from its electrical conductance more easily measurable at low temperature.

  1. Tribological properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene at ultra-low temperature

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    Liu, Hongtao; Ji, Hongmin; Wang, Xuemei

    2013-12-01

    The hardness, compression properties, creep resistance and tribological properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene at ultra-low temperature were researched in this paper, and the feasibility of its use in low temperature components was explored. Studies had shown that the UHMWPE sample at ultra-low temperature had a brittle tendency, and its compression curve was similar to the brittle material, for which the brittle fracture occurred in the 20% compression. Besides, the creep resistance of the sample at low temperature got worse, and its hardness showed an increasing tendency. With the increased experimental load, the friction coefficient varied seriously, and during the same load, the friction coefficient at low temperature was higher than that at room temperature. According to the worn morphology, the sample at low temperature showed a typical feature of fatigue wear and abrasive wear, while at room temperature it mainly for abrasive wear.

  2. [Anomalous Properties of Water and Aqueous Solutions at Low Temperatures].

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    Matsumoto, Masakazu

    2015-01-01

    Water has many anomalous properties below the room temperature. The temperature range overlaps with that of the Earth's atmosphere and also with that natural life forms favor. We review the origin of the anomalous properties of water and aqueous solutions in association with the hypothetical second critical point and liquid-liquid phase separation of water hidden in the supercooled state of liquid water.

  3. Low-temperature mechanical properties of glass/epoxy laminates

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    Reed, R. P.; Madhukar, M.; Thaicharoenporn, B.; Martovetsky, N. N.

    2014-01-01

    Selected mechanical properties of glass/epoxy laminate candidates for use in the electrical turn and ground insulation of the ITER Central solenoid (CS) modules were measured. Short-beam shear and flexural tests have been conducted on various E-glass cloth weaves/epoxy laminates at 295 and 77 K. Types of glass weave include 1581, 7500, 7781, and 38050, which represent both satin and plain weaves. The epoxy, planned for use for vacuum-pressure impregnation of the CS module, consists of an anhydride-cured bisphenol F resin system. Inter-laminar shear strength, flexural elastic modulus, and flexural strength have been measured. The data indicate that these properties are dependent on the volume percent of glass. Short-beam shear strength was measured as a function of the span-to-thickness ratio for all laminates at 77 K. Comprehensive fractography was conducted to obtain the failure mode of each short-beam shear test sample.

  4. Low-temperature mechanical properties of glass/epoxy laminates

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    Reed, R. P.; Madhukar, M.; Thaicharoenporn, B.; Martovetsky, N. N.

    2014-01-27

    Selected mechanical properties of glass/epoxy laminate candidates for use in the electrical turn and ground insulation of the ITER Central solenoid (CS) modules were measured. Short-beam shear and flexural tests have been conducted on various E-glass cloth weaves/epoxy laminates at 295 and 77 K. Types of glass weave include 1581, 7500, 7781, and 38050, which represent both satin and plain weaves. The epoxy, planned for use for vacuum-pressure impregnation of the CS module, consists of an anhydride-cured bisphenol F resin system. Inter-laminar shear strength, flexural elastic modulus, and flexural strength have been measured. The data indicate that these properties are dependent on the volume percent of glass. Short-beam shear strength was measured as a function of the span-to-thickness ratio for all laminates at 77 K. Comprehensive fractography was conducted to obtain the failure mode of each short-beam shear test sample.

  5. Nonlinear acoustic properties of vibrating wires at very low temperatures

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    Koenig, R.; Esquinazi, P.; Pobell, F. )

    1993-01-01

    The authors have investigated the acoustic properties of superconducting NbTi and Ta wires in vacuum at 1 mK[le]T[le]1 K and at a few kHz. The temperature dependence of the acoustic properties of the wires is similar to that found in amorphous materials: a maximum in the sound velocity and a plateau in the dissipation at temperatures above it. In addition, they have observed a strong influence of the acoustic power on the measured properties in agreement with recent measurements on amorphous SiO[sub 2]. This strain dependence can be interpreted by a modification of the tunneling model as a change of population S of the two-level system energy states in non-crystalline materials. They can explain the strain-dependent anomalies as the superposition of three nonlinear effects: the change of population of the tunneling systems energy states, self-heating of the wire, and a nonlinear restoring force. These effects have a strong influence on the lineshape of the resonance curve. In addition, they have investigated the behavior of vibrating wires in liquid [sup 3]He and liquid [sup 3]He-[sup 4]He solutions at T<100 mK. They can show that in superfluid [sup 3]He-B at T<0.2 mK or in solutions of [sup 3]He in [sup 4]He with a small concentration of [sup 3]He it is impossible to use a vibrating wire as a viscometer without having exact information about its intrinsic properties. 32 refs., 12 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Thermoelectric Properties of Graphene Ribbons

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    Munoz, Enrique

    2011-03-01

    Several theoretical and experimental studies have been recently concerned with electric and thermal transport in graphene layers and ribbons, where propagation of electrons and phonons seems to be dominated by a ballistic mechanism. Of particular interest in this context is the identification and characterization of thermoelectric effects, which represent a promising alternative for energy recovery in technological applications. In the present work, the effect of the electron- phonon interaction over a predominantly ballistic transport mechanism in graphene ribbons is studied in the context of thermoelectricity. Theoretical estimations of the thermopower S, and the corresponding figure of merit ZT, are presented for this system as a function of temperature. I acknowledge financial support from the grant Fondecyt de Iniciacion 11100064.

  7. Thermoelectric Properties of Lanthanum Sulfide

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    Wood, C.; Lockwood, R.; Parker, J. B.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, L. D.; Danielson, L.; Raag, V.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes measurement of Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and Hall effect in gamma-phase lanthanum sulfide with composition of La3-x S4. Results of study, part of search for high-temperature thermoelectric energy-conversion materials, indicate this sulfide behaves like extrinsic semiconductor over temperature range of 300 to 1,400 K, with degenerate carrier concentration controlled by stoichiometric ratio of La to S.

  8. Thermoelectric Properties of Lanthanum Sulfide

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    Wood, C.; Lockwood, R.; Parker, J. B.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, L. D.; Danielson, L.; Raag, V.

    1987-01-01

    Report describes measurement of Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and Hall effect in gamma-phase lanthanum sulfide with composition of La3-x S4. Results of study, part of search for high-temperature thermoelectric energy-conversion materials, indicate this sulfide behaves like extrinsic semiconductor over temperature range of 300 to 1,400 K, with degenerate carrier concentration controlled by stoichiometric ratio of La to S.

  9. Lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline silicon-germanium alloys

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Peterman, Nils; Stroppa, Daniel; Koza, Michael M.; Wiggers, Hartmut; Klobes, B.; Schierning, Gabi; Hermann, Raphael P.

    2015-10-26

    The lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of sintered phosphorus-doped nanostructured silicon- germanium alloys obtained by gas-phase synthesis were studied. Measurements of the density of phonon states by inelastic neutron scattering were combined with measurements of the elastic constants and the low- temperature heat capacity. A strong influence of nanostructuring and alloying on the lattice dynamics was observed. The thermoelectric transport properties of samples with different doping as well as samples sintered at different temperature were characterized between room temperature and 1000C. A peak figure of merit zT = 0:88 at 900C is observed and comparatively insensitive to the aforementioned param- eter variations.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of higher manganese silicides

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    Tseng, Yu-Chih; Venkataraman, Vijay Shankar; Kee, Hae-Young

    2015-03-01

    Higher manganese silicides (HMS) are promising thermoelectric materials that may be broadly deployable because of the abundance of the constituent elements and their non-toxic nature. We study the thermoelectric properties of HMS using density functional theory calculations and tight-binding models to fit these calculations. We estimate charge carrier density and mobility, and compare with experimental data. Theoretically obtained thermal and electrical conductivities, and the Seebeck coefficients are presented. Possible scattering mechanisms and relations to figure of merit are also discussed. NSERC CREATE - HEATER Program.

  11. Influence of Anaerobiosis and Low Temperature on Bacillus cereus Growth, Metabolism, and Membrane Properties

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    Clavel, Thierry; Clerté, Caroline; Carlin, Frédéric; Giniès, Christian; Nguyen-The, Christophe

    2012-01-01

    The impact of simultaneous anaerobiosis and low temperature on growth parameters, metabolism, and membrane properties of Bacillus cereus ATCC 14579 was studied. No growth was observed under anaerobiosis at 12°C. In bioreactors, growth rates and biomass production were drastically reduced by simultaneous anaerobiosis and low temperature (15°C). The two conditions had a synergistic effect on biomass reduction. In anaerobic cultures, fermentative metabolism was modified by low temperature, with a marked reduction in ethanol production leading to a lower ability to produce NAD+. Anaerobiosis reduced unsaturated fatty acids at both low optimal temperatures. In addition, simultaneous anaerobiosis and low temperatures markedly reduced levels of branched-chain fatty acids compared to all other conditions (accounting for 33% of total fatty acids against more 71% for low-temperature aerobiosis, optimal-temperature aerobiosis, and optimal-temperature anaerobiosis). This corresponded to high-melting-temperature lipids and to low-fluidity membranes, as indicated by differential scanning calorimetry, 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH) fluorescence anisotropy, and infrared spectroscopy. This is in contrast to requirements for cold adaptation. A link between modification in the synthesis of metabolites of fermentative metabolism and the reduction of branched-chain fatty acids at low temperature under anaerobiosis, through a modification of the oxidizing capacity, is assumed. This link may partly explain the impact of low temperature and anaerobiosis on membrane properties and growth performance. PMID:22247126

  12. Thermoelectric properties of cerium monopnictides

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    Danielson, L. R.; Alexander, M. N.; Wood, C.; Lockwood, R. A.; Vandersande, J. W.

    1987-01-01

    Several cerium pnictides have been synthesized from the pure elements and hot pressed into test samples. Measurements of Seebeck coefficients and electrical resistivities were performed on these samples from room temperature to 1000 C. Cerium arsenide and cerium antimonide are n-type; cerium nitride changes from p-type to n-type conduction at 800 C. The materials are semimetals with resistivities below 1 mohm/cm. Cerium arsenide is the most favorable of the pnictides studied for high-temperature thermoelectric energy conversion, with an average power factor of 15 microW/cm K sq from 500 to 1000 C.

  13. Thermoelectric properties of cerium monopnictides

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    Danielson, L. R.; Alexander, M. N.; Wood, C.; Lockwood, R. A.; Vandersande, J. W.

    1987-01-01

    Several cerium pnictides have been synthesized from the pure elements and hot pressed into test samples. Measurements of Seebeck coefficients and electrical resistivities were performed on these samples from room temperature to 1000 C. Cerium arsenide and cerium antimonide are n-type; cerium nitride changes from p-type to n-type conduction at 800 C. The materials are semimetals with resistivities below 1 mohm/cm. Cerium arsenide is the most favorable of the pnictides studied for high-temperature thermoelectric energy conversion, with an average power factor of 15 microW/cm K sq from 500 to 1000 C.

  14. Thermoelectric properties of inverse opals

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    Mahan, G. D.; Poilvert, N.; Crespi, V. H.

    2016-02-01

    Rayleigh's method [Philos. Mag. Ser. 5 34, 481 (1892)] is used to solve for the classical thermoelectric equations in inverse opals. His theory predicts that in an inverse opal, with periodic holes, the Seebeck coefficient and the figure of merit are identical to that of the bulk material. We also provide a major revision to Rayleigh's method, in using the electrochemical potential as an important variable, instead of the electrostatic potential. We also show that in some cases, the thermal boundary resistance is important in the effective thermal conductivity.

  15. Thermoelectric properties of lanthanum sulfide

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    Wood, C.; Lockwood, A.; Parker, J.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, D.

    1985-01-01

    The Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and Hall effect have been studied in gamma-phase La(3-x)S4(LaS/y/) for compositions with x in the range from 0.04 to 0.3 (y in the range from 1.35 to 1.48) in order to ascertain its suitability for high-temperature (300 to 1400 K) thermoelectric energy conversion. In this temperature and composition range the material behaves as an extrinsic semiconductor whose degenerate carrier concentration is controlled by the stoichiometric ratio of La to S. A maximum figure-of-merit (Z) of approximately 0.0005 per K at a composition x = 0.3, y = 1.48 (LaS/1.48/) was obtained.

  16. Thermoelectric properties of lanthanum sulfide

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    Wood, C.; Lockwood, A.; Parker, J.; Zoltan, A.; Zoltan, D.

    1985-01-01

    The Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, thermal conductivity, and Hall effect have been studied in gamma-phase La(3-x)S4(LaS/y/) for compositions with x in the range from 0.04 to 0.3 (y in the range from 1.35 to 1.48) in order to ascertain its suitability for high-temperature (300 to 1400 K) thermoelectric energy conversion. In this temperature and composition range the material behaves as an extrinsic semiconductor whose degenerate carrier concentration is controlled by the stoichiometric ratio of La to S. A maximum figure-of-merit (Z) of approximately 0.0005 per K at a composition x = 0.3, y = 1.48 (LaS/1.48/) was obtained.

  17. Electrical transport and thermoelectric properties of boron carbide nanowires.

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    Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Mukaida, Masakazu; Shimizu, Yoshiki

    2017-04-07

    The electrical transport and thermoelectric property of boron carbide nanowires synthesized by a carbothermal method are reported. It is demonstrated that the nanowires achieve a higher Seebeck coefficient and power factor than those of the bulk samples. The conduction mechanism of the nanowires at low temperatures below 300 K is different from that of the sintered-polycrystalline and single-crystal bulk samples. In a temperature range of 200-450 K, there is a crossover between electrical conduction by variable-range hopping and phonon-assisted hopping. The inhomogeneous carbon concentration and planar defects, such as twins and stacking faults, in the nanowires are thought to modify the bonding nature and electronic structure of the boron carbide crystal substantially, causing differences in the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. The effect of boundary scattering of phonon at nanostructured surface on the thermal conductivity reduction is discussed.

  18. Electrical transport and thermoelectric properties of boron carbide nanowires

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    Kirihara, Kazuhiro; Mukaida, Masakazu; Shimizu, Yoshiki

    2017-04-01

    The electrical transport and thermoelectric property of boron carbide nanowires synthesized by a carbothermal method are reported. It is demonstrated that the nanowires achieve a higher Seebeck coefficient and power factor than those of the bulk samples. The conduction mechanism of the nanowires at low temperatures below 300 K is different from that of the sintered-polycrystalline and single-crystal bulk samples. In a temperature range of 200–450 K, there is a crossover between electrical conduction by variable-range hopping and phonon-assisted hopping. The inhomogeneous carbon concentration and planar defects, such as twins and stacking faults, in the nanowires are thought to modify the bonding nature and electronic structure of the boron carbide crystal substantially, causing differences in the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. The effect of boundary scattering of phonon at nanostructured surface on the thermal conductivity reduction is discussed.

  19. Thermoelectric properties of ternary half-heuslar LuPdBi

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    Mukhopadhyay, A.; Mahana, S.; Chowki, S.; Topwal, D.; Mohapatra, N.

    2017-05-01

    We report the experimental study of low temperature thermoelectric properties of ternary half-Heuslar LuPdBi, synthesized by conventional arc melting. Resistivity measurements reveal the semi metallic nature of the conduction behavior, where holes are the major charge carriers as confirmed from positive value Seebeck coefficient in the entire temperature range 18-350 K. Thermal conductivity behavior indicates the dominance of phonon contribution and bipolaronic effects at low temperature regime with negligible electronic contribution. A considerably high power factor (˜ 100 μW/mK2) is obtained at room temperature.

  20. Thermoelectric properties of an interacting quantum dot based heat engine

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    Erdman, Paolo Andrea; Mazza, Francesco; Bosisio, Riccardo; Benenti, Giuliano; Fazio, Rosario; Taddei, Fabio

    2017-06-01

    We study the thermoelectric properties and heat-to-work conversion performance of an interacting, multilevel quantum dot (QD) weakly coupled to electronic reservoirs. We focus on the sequential tunneling regime. The dynamics of the charge in the QD is studied by means of master equations for the probabilities of occupation. From here we compute the charge and heat currents in the linear response regime. Assuming a generic multiterminal setup, and for low temperatures (quantum limit), we obtain analytical expressions for the transport coefficients which account for the interplay between interactions (charging energy) and level quantization. In the case of systems with two and three terminals we derive formulas for the power factor Q and the figure of merit Z T for a QD-based heat engine, identifying optimal working conditions which maximize output power and efficiency of heat-to-work conversion. Beyond the linear response we concentrate on the two-terminal setup. We first study the thermoelectric nonlinear coefficients assessing the consequences of large temperature and voltage biases, focusing on the breakdown of the Onsager reciprocal relation between thermopower and Peltier coefficient. We then investigate the conditions which optimize the performance of a heat engine, finding that in the quantum limit output power and efficiency at maximum power can almost be simultaneously maximized by choosing appropriate values of electrochemical potential and bias voltage. At last we study how energy level degeneracy can increase the output power.

  1. Low-Temperature Bonding of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 Thermoelectric Material with Cu Electrodes Using a Thin-Film In Interlayer

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    Lin, Yan-Cheng; Yang, Chung-Lin; Huang, Jing-Yi; Jain, Chao-Chi; Hwang, Jen-Dong; Chu, Hsu-Shen; Chen, Sheng-Chi; Chuang, Tung-Han

    2016-09-01

    A Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 thermoelectric material electroplated with a Ni barrier layer and a Ag reaction layer was bonded with a Ag-coated Cu electrode at low temperatures of 448 K (175 °C) to 523 K (250 °C) using a 4- μm-thick In interlayer under an external pressure of 3 MPa. During the bonding process, the In thin film reacted with the Ag layer to form a double layer of Ag3In and Ag2In intermetallic compounds. No reaction occurred at the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Ni interface, which resulted in low bonding strengths of about 3.2 MPa. The adhesion of the Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Ni interface was improved by precoating a 1- μm Sn film on the surface of the thermoelectric element and preheating it at 523 K (250 °C) for 3 minutes. In this case, the bonding strengths increased to a range of 9.1 to 11.5 MPa after bonding at 473 K (200 °C) for 5 to 60 minutes, and the shear-tested specimens fractured with cleavage characteristics in the interior of the thermoelectric material. The bonding at 448 K (175 °C) led to shear strengths ranging from 7.1 to 8.5 MPa for various bonding times between 5 and 60 minutes, which were further increased to the values of 10.4 to 11.7 MPa by increasing the bonding pressure to 9.8 MPa. The shear strengths of Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Cu joints bonded with the optimized conditions of the modified solid-liquid interdiffusion bonding process changed only slightly after long-term exposure at 473 K (200 °C) for 1000 hours.

  2. Glycerol Tri-Ester Derivatives as Diluents to Improve Low Temperature Properties of Vegetable Oils

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    Large-scale production of biodiesel has led to a surplus of glycerol, so new commercial uses of this co-product are being sought. Twenty four vegetable oils were screened using glycerol tris (2-ethylhexanoate) [GTEH] as a diluent to improve the low temperature properties. Epoxidized soybean oil (E...

  3. Thermal and thermoelectric properties of graphene.

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    Xu, Yong; Li, Zuanyi; Duan, Wenhui

    2014-06-12

    The subject of thermal transport at the mesoscopic scale and in low-dimensional systems is interesting for both fundamental research and practical applications. As the first example of truly two-dimensional materials, graphene has exceptionally high thermal conductivity, and thus provides an ideal platform for the research. Here we review recent studies on thermal and thermoelectric properties of graphene, with an emphasis on experimental progresses. A general physical picture based on the Landauer transport formalism is introduced to understand underlying mechanisms. We show that the superior thermal conductivity of graphene is contributed not only by large ballistic thermal conductance but also by very long phonon mean free path (MFP). The long phonon MFP, explained by the low-dimensional nature and high sample purity of graphene, results in important isotope effects and size effects on thermal conduction. In terms of various scattering mechanisms in graphene, several approaches are suggested to control thermal conductivity. Among them, introducing rough boundaries and weakly-coupled interfaces are promising ways to suppress thermal conduction effectively. We also discuss the Seebeck effect of graphene. Graphene itself might not be a good thermoelectric material. However, the concepts developed by graphene research might be applied to improve thermoelectric performance of other materials.

  4. Thermoelectric properties of a strongly correlated layer

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    Titvinidze, Irakli; Dorda, Antonius; von der Linden, Wolfgang; Arrigoni, Enrico

    2017-09-01

    In this paper we investigate the effect of strong electronic interactions on the thermoelectric properties of a simple generic system, consisting of a single correlated layer sandwiched between two metallic leads. Results will be given for the linear response regime as well as beyond, for which a full nonequilibrium many-body calculation is performed, based on nonequilibrium dynamical mean-field theory (DMFT). As impurity solver we use the auxiliary master equation approach, which addresses the impurity problem within a finite auxiliary system consisting of a correlated impurity, a small number of uncorrelated bath sites, and Markovian environments. For the linear response regime, results will be presented for the Seebeck coefficient, the electrical conductance, and the electronic contribution to the thermal conductance. Beyond linear response, i.e., for finite differences in the temperatures and/or the bias voltages in the leads, we study the dependence of the current on various model parameters, such as gate voltage and Hubbard interaction of the central layer. We will give a detailed parameter study as far as the thermoelectric efficiency is concerned. We find that strong correlations can indeed increase the thermopower of the device. In addition, some general theoretical requirements for an efficient thermoelectric device will be given.

  5. Factors analysis on the physical properties of the low-temperature SOC of memory cell characteristics

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    Kwak, Doyoung; Kim, Jaeyeol; Park, Jihoon; Park, Jeonqsu; Lee, Sungkoo; Kim, Seomin; Jung, Taewoo; Kim, Hyeongsoo

    2017-03-01

    In recent year, the thermal effect has become a critical issue on the operation of memory cell. As heating time or temperature increases, the performances of memory cells are degraded due to its low thermal stabilities. Therefore, processes working at low temperature are necessary not to hurt the thermal stability. In this paper, we introduced LTSOC (Low Temperature Spin-On Carbon), which is believed to minimize the thermal loads because its cross-linker works at low temperature. Also, it would be important to fulfill the needs for the other properties of SOC like filling ability and etching resistance. So, we verified all these basic characteristics with proper resist and etching processes by getting good final pattern profile. As a result, LT-SOC is suggested for etching barrier without affecting on cell operation of memory devices.

  6. Lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline silicon-germanium alloys: Lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of nc Si-Ge alloys

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Petermann, Nils; Stroppa, Daniel G.; Koza, Michael Marek; Wiggers, Hartmut; Klobes, Benedikt; Schierning, Gabi; Hermann, Raphaël P.

    2015-10-26

    The lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of sintered phosphorus-doped nanostructured silicon–germanium alloys obtained by gas-phase synthesis were studied. Measurements of the density of phonon states by inelastic neutron scattering were combined with measurements of the elastic constants and the low-temperature heat capacity. A strong influence of nanostructuring and alloying on the lattice dynamics was observed. The thermoelectric transport properties of samples with different doping as well as samples sintered at different temperature were characterized between room temperature and 1000°C. A peak figure of merit zT=0.88 at 900°C is observed and is comparatively insensitive to the aforementioned parameter variations.

  7. Low-Temperature Magnetic Properties of Environmentally Relevant Iron Oxyhydroxides and Their Alteration Products

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    Guyodo, Y. J.; Lagroix, F.; Ona-Nguema, G.; Bonville, P.

    2011-12-01

    Iron oxyhydroxides such as ferrihydrite or lepidocrocite are weakly magnetic mineral that are thought to be, in some environments, precursors of more magnetic phases such as magnetite or maghemite. Deciphering the alteration pathways of these minerals, and others, should allow quantified interpretations of sediment magnetic properties in terms of climate and environmental change in various natural settings. At this meeting, we will present recent low temperature magnetic properties acquired on synthetic iron oxyhydroxides. Comparison of these low-temperature data with other characterizations (e.g., HR-TEM, Mossbauer, XMCD) point to the complex nature of the magnetism of these minerals, which can no longer be considered as simple antiferromagnets. Results from alteration experiments using these minerals as starting material will also be presented. Several experimental approaches have been used for these alterations, including bio-reduction using Shewanella putrefaciens and solid-state reduction (or oxidation) by slow heating in CO/CO2 (or in air). The low-temperature magnetic properties of the resulting materials actually help in building conceptual structural/compositional models explaining the unusual low-temperature magnetic behavior of the initial iron oxyhydroxides.

  8. Effect of metal doping on the low-temperature structural behavior of thermoelectric {beta}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}

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    Nylen, Johanna; Lidin, Sven; Andersson, Magnus; Liu Hongxue; Newman, Nate; Haeussermann, Ulrich

    2007-09-15

    The low-temperature structural phase transitions of Bi, Pb, In and Sn-doped samples of thermoelectric Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} have been characterized on crystals grown from molten metal fluxes, using electrical resistance and single crystal X-ray diffraction measurements. Room temperature stable, disordered, {beta}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} undergoes two phase transitions at 254 and 235 K to the consecutively higher ordered phases {alpha} and {alpha}', respectively. The ideal crystallographic composition of {alpha}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} is Zn{sub 13}Sb{sub 10}. The {alpha}-{alpha}' transformation is triggered by a slight and homogenous Zn deficiency with respect to this composition and introduces a compositional modulation in the {alpha}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} structure. When preparing {beta}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} in the presence of metals with low melting points (Bi, Sn, In, Pb) the additional metal atoms are unavoidably incorporated in small concentrations (0.04-1.3 at%) and act as dopants. This incorporation alters the subtle balance between Zn disorder and Zn deficiency in Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} and has dramatic consequences for its low-temperature structural behavior. From molten metal flux synthesis it is possible to obtain (doped) Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} samples which (1) only display a {beta}-{alpha} transition, (2) only display a {beta}-{alpha}' transition, or (3) do not display any low-temperature phase transition at all. Case (2) provided diffraction data with a sufficient quality to obtain a structural model for highly complex, compositionally modulated, {alpha}'-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3}. The crystallographic composition of this phase is Zn{sub 84}Sb{sub 65}. - Graphical abstract: The thermoelectric material Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} displays complex temperature polymorphism. Room temperature stable, disordered, {beta}-Zn{sub 4}Sb{sub 3} undergoes two phase transitions at 254 and 235 K to the consecutively higher ordered phases {alpha} and {alpha}', respectively. The {alpha

  9. Joining of Silver Nanomaterials at Low Temperatures: Processes, Properties, and Applications.

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    Peng, Peng; Hu, Anming; Gerlich, Adrian P; Zou, Guisheng; Liu, Lei; Zhou, Y Norman

    2015-06-17

    A review is provided, which first considers low-temperature diffusion bonding with silver nanomaterials as filler materials via thermal sintering for microelectronic applications, and then other recent innovations in low-temperature joining are discussed. The theoretical background and transition of applications from micro to nanoparticle (NP) pastes based on joining using silver filler materials and nanojoining mechanisms are elucidated. The mechanical and electrical properties of sintered silver nanomaterial joints at low temperatures are discussed in terms of the key influencing factors, such as porosity and coverage of substrates, parameters for the sintering processes, and the size and shape of nanomaterials. Further, the use of sintered silver nanomaterials for printable electronics and as robust surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrates by exploiting their optical properties is also considered. Other low-temperature nanojoining strategies such as optical welding of silver nanowires (NWs) through a plasmonic heating effect by visible light irradiation, ultrafast laser nanojoining, and ion-activated joining of silver NPs using ionic solvents are also summarized. In addition, pressure-driven joining of silver NWs with large plastic deformation and self-joining of gold or silver NWs via oriented attachment of clean and activated surfaces are summarized. Finally, at the end of this review, the future outlook for joining applications with silver nanomaterials is explored.

  10. New insights into low temperature properties of Li-rich layered cathode materials

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    Liu, Guobiao; Li, Shaomin; Mei, Jun; Liu, Li-Min; Cui, Yanhua; Liu, Hao

    2017-06-01

    Since Li-ion batteries made of Li-rich layered materials might work at extreme environments, understanding the low temperature properties of Li-rich layered materials is of great importance. In this article, the low temperature properties and corresponding mechanism of Li-rich layered materials with a great amount of activated Li2MnO3 are unraveled through a comparison of the low temperature characteristics of Li-rich layered materials with a small amount of activated Li2MnO3 versus the former. Our findings indicate that in the electrode with a large amount of activated Li2MnO3, the sluggish kinetics of the electrode reaction at low temperatures suppresses greatly the Mn4+/Mn3+ reduction reaction, leading to much smaller initial discharge capacity and much better cyclic performance compared with situations at room temperature. Moreover, the increasingly suppressed Mn4+/Mn3+ reduction reaction stop the discharge voltage fading, which might mitigate the layered-to-spinel phase transformation.

  11. Ferrous sulfate based low temperature synthesis and magnetic properties of nickel ferrite nanostructures

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    Tejabhiram, Y.; Pradeep, R.; Helen, A.T.; Gopalakrishnan, C.; Ramasamy, C.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Novel low temperature synthesis of nickel ferrite nanoparticles. • Comparison with two conventional synthesis techniques including hydrothermal method. • XRD results confirm the formation of crystalline nickel ferrites at 110 °C. • Superparamagnetic particles with applications in drug delivery and hyperthermia. • Magnetic properties superior to conventional methods found in new process. - Abstract: We report a simple, low temperature and surfactant free co-precipitation method for the preparation of nickel ferrite nanostructures using ferrous sulfate as the iron precursor. The products obtained from this method were compared for their physical properties with nickel ferrites produced through conventional co-precipitation and hydrothermal methods which used ferric nitrate as the iron precursor. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the synthesis of single phase inverse spinel nanocrystalline nickel ferrites at temperature as low as 110 °C in the low temperature method. Electron microscopy analysis on the samples revealed the formation of nearly spherical nanostructures in the size range of 20–30 nm which are comparable to other conventional methods. Vibrating sample magnetometer measurements showed the formation of superparamagnetic particles with high magnetic saturation 41.3 emu/g which corresponds well with conventional synthesis methods. The spontaneous synthesis of the nickel ferrite nanoparticles by the low temperature synthesis method was attributed to the presence of 0.808 kJ mol{sup −1} of excess Gibbs free energy due to ferrous sulfate precursor.

  12. Thermoelectric properties of defect chalcopyrites

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    Pandey, Chhama; Sharma, Ramesh; Sharma, Yamini

    2017-05-01

    The electronic structure and transport properties of the XIn2Te4 (X=Zn, Cd) compounds using the full potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method and the semi-classical Boltzmann theory are presented in this paper. The ternary chalcogenides ZnIn2Te4 and CdIn2Te4 are direct band gap semiconductors with a band gap of 1.08 and 1.03 eV respectively. Although the optical properties are very similar, the transport properties of these chalcopyrites differ. From the calculated Hall coefficient, it is found that the tellurides are p-type materials with electron concentration of 8.09×1019 and 4.80×1019 cm-3 respectively. The figure of merit shows variation with temperature in CdIn2Te4, whereas it is nearly constant over the entire temperature range (10-800 K) in ZnIn2Te4.

  13. Temperature dependent phonon properties of thermoelectric materials

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    Hellman, Olle; Broido, David; Fultz, Brent

    2015-03-01

    We present recent developments using the temperature dependent effective potential technique (TDEP) to model thermoelectric materials. We use ab initio molecular dynamics to generate an effective Hamiltonian that reproduce neutron scattering spectra, thermal conductivity, phonon self energies, and heat capacities. Results are presented for (among others) SnSe, Bi2Te3, and Cu2Se proving the necessity of careful modelling of finite temperature properties for strongly anharmonic materials. Supported by the Swedish Research Council (VR) Project Number 637-2013-7296.

  14. Quantum locality and equilibrium properties in low-temperature parahydrogen: a multiscale simulation study.

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    Potestio, R; Delle Site, L

    2012-02-07

    Parahydrogen is the spin-zero singlet state of molecular hydrogen, which at low temperature (between 14 and 25 K) is in a fluid state. A classical treatment of the system leads to unphysical freezing, and the inclusion of quantum delocalization of the molecule is then required to obtain a realistic description of its equilibrium properties. In the present work, we employ the classical-quantum adaptive resolution method AdResS to investigate the spatial extension of quantum delocalization effects in the bulk fluid at low temperature. Specifically, we simulate a small, spherical region of the system in full quantum detail: this region is coupled to a bulk of coarse-grained particles with classical, quantum-derived effective interactions obtained from quantum simulations. The two regions are interfaced through open boundaries and in conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium. Structural properties of the fluid, namely, pair distribution functions, are measured for different sizes of the quantum region. The results of this work show that, for the thermodynamic conditions corresponding to the range of temperature between 14 and 25 K, the bead-based, quantum structural properties of low-temperature parahydrogen are deemed local and do not require the support of an explicit quantum bulk.

  15. Solid Solutions Formation: Improving the Thermoelectric Properties of Skutterudites

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    Borshchevsky, A.; Caillat, T.; Fleurial, J. P.

    1996-01-01

    Materials with skutterudite structure have been known for a long time. Some of them are semiconductors. A typical skutterudite is CoSb(sub 3) and its thermoelectric properties were partially studied in the 1960's. Recently, it has been discovered that many skutterudite compounds are thermoelectrics with promising future.

  16. Low Temperature Synthesis of Rutile TiO2 Nanocrystals and Their Photovoltaic and Photocatalytic Properties.

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    Roy, Subhasis; Han, Gill Sang; Shin, Hyunjung; Lee, Jin Wook; Mun, Jinsoo; Shin, Hyunho; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-06-01

    We report a novel method of synthesizing rutile TiO2 nanocrystals at low temperature (200 degrees C) via a butanol rinsing process followed by heat treatment in an O2 atmosphere. The rutile nanocrystals show uniform size distribution of approximately 20 nm and good crystallinity confirmed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. A mechanism for the low temperature synthesis of rutile nanocrystals is rationalized in terms of an explosive thermal decomposition reaction of butoxy groups on TiO2 powders with O2 gas. Characterizations of the photovoltaic and photocatalytic properties of rutile nanocrystals exhibited higher photoactivity than large-sized conventional rutile powder, which demonstrates that this novel synthesis technology could expand applications of rutile powders to various photoactive devices beyond solar cells and photocatalysts.

  17. Ballistic thermal transport properties at low temperatures in semiconductor nanowires-based heterojunctions

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    Yu, Xia; Xie, Zhong-Xiang; Liu, Jun-Hun; Chen, Qiao; Li, Ke-Min; Zhang, Yong

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, we study ballistic thermal transport properties at low temperatures in semiconductor nanowires-based heterojunctions under hard-wall boundary conditions (HWBCs) and stress-free boundary conditions (SFBCs). Here, the numerical calculations for the asymmetric heterojunction (ASHJ) and symmetric heterojunction (SHJ) are done. When SFBCs are employed, the transmission coefficient exhibits different behaviors between ASHJ and SHJ especially at low frequency, but when HWBCs are employed, the transmission coefficient displays similar smooth platforms in both heterojunctions. In low temperature limit, the quantized thermal conductance can be observed in SHJ under SFBCs regardless of the structural details. However, this quantization cannot be observed in ASHJ under SFBCs, and the thermal conductance is strongly sensitive to the transverse width ratio rather than the slant angle. With increasing the transverse width ratio, the thermal conductance in both heterojunctions gradually increases especially, and such the increasing degree is more evident at higher temperatures. A brief analysis of these results is given.

  18. Interface properties of thin oxide layers grown on strained SiGe layers at low temperatures

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    Mukhopadhyay, M.; Ray, S. K.; Ghosh, T. B.; Sreemany, M.; Maiti, C. K.

    1996-03-01

    The chemical state and the electrical properties of the interfaces of thin oxide films grown on strained 0268-1242/11/3/014/img8 layers using plasma and thermal oxidation have been studied in detail. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies show no Ge pile-up at the oxide/substrate interface. In the case of plasma oxidation, Ge at the oxide surface is found to be in a fully oxidized state, while the formation of an intermediate oxidized state is observed in the case of low-temperature thermal oxidation. High-frequency (1 MHz) capacitance - voltage (C - V) and conductance - voltage (G - V) measurements have indicated the growth of good quality gate oxides. The fixed oxide charge and interface state densities are comparable to those of low-temperature-grown metal - oxide - semiconductor capacitors on Si with aluminium gates.

  19. Low-temperature irradiation effects on tensile and Charpy properties of low-activation ferritic steels

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    Shiba, Kiyoyuki; Hishinuma, Akimichi

    2000-12-01

    Tensile and Charpy properties of low-activation ferritic steel, F82H irradiated up to 0.8 dpa at low temperature below 300°C were investigated. The helium effect on these properties was also investigated using the boron isotope doping method. Neutron irradiation increased yield stress accompanied with ductility loss, and it also shifted the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) from -50°C to 0°C. Boron-doped F82H showed larger degradation in DBTT and ductility than boron-free F82H, while they had the same yield stress before and after irradiation.

  20. Effect of low temperature plasma on the functional properties of basmati rice flour.

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    Thirumdas, Rohit; Deshmukh, R R; Annapure, U S

    2016-06-01

    The present study deals with the application of low temperature plasma on basmati rice flour and its effect on functional properties such as gel hydrations properties, flour hydration properties, gelatinization temperatures and antioxidant properties. The water holding capacity and water binding capacity were observed to be increased with increase in plasma power and time of treatment as the air plasma is known to make the surface more hydrophilic. XRD analysis revealed there is no significance difference in the crystalline structure after the plasma treatment. DSC shows a decrease in peak temperatures (Tp) after the treatment. Hot paste viscosities were observed to be decease from 692 to 591 BU was corresponded to decrease in peak temperature. The total polyphenolic content and reducing power was observed to be increased. The effects of plasma treatment on functional groups of polyphenols were observed by changes in absorption intensities using FTIR. This study demonstrates that the low temperature plasma treatmentis capable of improving the functional properties of basmati rice.

  1. Lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of nanocrystalline silicon-germanium alloys

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Peterman, Nils; ...

    2015-10-26

    The lattice dynamics and thermoelectric properties of sintered phosphorus-doped nanostructured silicon- germanium alloys obtained by gas-phase synthesis were studied. Measurements of the density of phonon states by inelastic neutron scattering were combined with measurements of the elastic constants and the low- temperature heat capacity. A strong influence of nanostructuring and alloying on the lattice dynamics was observed. The thermoelectric transport properties of samples with different doping as well as samples sintered at different temperature were characterized between room temperature and 1000C. A peak figure of merit zT = 0:88 at 900C is observed and comparatively insensitive to the aforementioned param-more » eter variations.« less

  2. Thermoelectric properties of TlPSe

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    Karimov, S.K.; Sitamov, S.S.; Umarov, A.

    1988-08-01

    This investigation was conducted to study the thermoelectric properties of thallium selenium phosphide (TlPSe) over a broad temperature range, including the liquid state. The electrical conductivity and Hall constant were determined by contact and noncontact techniques. The coefficient of thermo-emf was measured in a horizontal boat with a temperature drop of 40-50 K along the specimen. As the temperature was raised, the conductivity of the TlPSe increased monotonically at first; it dropped sharply at the melting point (666 K) and again rose monotonically when the temperature of the TlPSe melt was further increased, i.e, TlPSe exhibits semiconductor-semiconductor type melting.

  3. Thermoelectric property measurements with computer controlled systems

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    Chmielewski, A. B.; Wood, C.

    1984-01-01

    A joint JPL-NASA program to develop an automated system to measure the thermoelectric properties of newly developed materials is described. Consideration is given to the difficulties created by signal drift in measurements of Hall voltage and the Large Delta T Seebeck coefficient. The benefits of a computerized system were examined with respect to error reduction and time savings for human operators. It is shown that the time required to measure Hall voltage can be reduced by a factor of 10 when a computer is used to fit a curve to the ratio of the measured signal and its standard deviation. The accuracy of measurements of the Large Delta T Seebeck coefficient and thermal diffusivity was also enhanced by the use of computers.

  4. Thermoelectric property measurements with computer controlled systems

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    Chmielewski, A. B.; Wood, C.

    1984-01-01

    A joint JPL-NASA program to develop an automated system to measure the thermoelectric properties of newly developed materials is described. Consideration is given to the difficulties created by signal drift in measurements of Hall voltage and the Large Delta T Seebeck coefficient. The benefits of a computerized system were examined with respect to error reduction and time savings for human operators. It is shown that the time required to measure Hall voltage can be reduced by a factor of 10 when a computer is used to fit a curve to the ratio of the measured signal and its standard deviation. The accuracy of measurements of the Large Delta T Seebeck coefficient and thermal diffusivity was also enhanced by the use of computers.

  5. Thermoelectric transport properties in magnetically ordered crystals.

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    Grimmer, Hans

    2017-07-01

    The forms of the tensors describing thermoelectric transport properties in magnetically ordered crystals are given for frequently used orientations of the 122 space-time point groups up to second order in an applied magnetic field. It is shown which forms are interchanged for the point groups of the hexagonal crystal family by two different conventions for the connection between the Hermann-Mauguin symbol and the orientation of the Cartesian coordinate system. The forms are given in Nye notation, which conspicuously shows how the forms for different point groups are related. It is shown that the measurable effects in magnetically ordered crystals can be decomposed into an effect occurring in all crystals and one coming from the magnetic ordering. Errors in the literature are pointed out.

  6. Thermoelectric properties by high temperature annealing

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    Ren, Zhifeng (Inventor); Chen, Gang (Inventor); Kumar, Shankar (Inventor); Lee, Hohyun (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    The present invention generally provides methods of improving thermoelectric properties of alloys by subjecting them to one or more high temperature annealing steps, performed at temperatures at which the alloys exhibit a mixed solid/liquid phase, followed by cooling steps. For example, in one aspect, such a method of the invention can include subjecting an alloy sample to a temperature that is sufficiently elevated to cause partial melting of at least some of the grains. The sample can then be cooled so as to solidify the melted grain portions such that each solidified grain portion exhibits an average chemical composition, characterized by a relative concentration of elements forming the alloy, that is different than that of the remainder of the grain.

  7. Low-temperature magnetic properties of the Neuschwanstein EL6 meteorite

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    Kohout, T.; Kosterov, A.; Jackson, M.; Pesonen, L. J.; Kletetschka, G.; Lehtinen, M.

    2007-09-01

    The low-temperature magnetic properties of the Neuschwanstein EL6 meteorite as well as of the daubreelite (FeCr 2S 4), troilite (FeS), and FeNi mineral phases were investigated. Low-temperature magnetic behavior of the Neuschwanstein meteorite appears to be controlled mostly by FeNi. However, two magnetic features at ˜ 70 K ( Tm) and 150 K ( Tc), are due to a magnetic transition in and Curie temperature of ferrimagnetic daubreelite. The ˜ 10 K variations in Tm and Tc among daubreelite in the Neuschwanstein meteorite, daubreelite from the Coahuila meteorite and synthetic daubreelite [Tsurkan, V., Baran, M., Szymczak, R., Szymczak, H., Tidecks, R., 2001a. Spin-glass like states in the ferrimagnet FeCr 2S 4. Physica B, 296, 301-305.] might be due to slightly different Fe/Cr stoichiometric ratios, the presence of impurities, or crystalline lattice defects. In the antiferromagnetic troilite a magnetic transition at Tm ˜ 60 K was identified. Its nature seems to be most likely due to a change in the orientation and attendant canting of the antiparallel spins. However, this feature was not identified in the Neuschwanstein meteorite measurements because of low concentration and weak magnetization of the troilite phase compared to those of FeNi and daubreelite. Daubreelite with its Tc ˜ 160 K might be a significant magnetic mineral in cold environment. Low-temperature magnetic data of daubreelite, troilite and FeNi presented here are useful for the interpretation of the low-temperature magnetic measurements of various extraterrestrial materials and for the identification of the presence of these phases.

  8. Characterizing the Physical and Thermal Properties of Planetary Regolith at Low Temperatures

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    Mantovani, James G.; Swanger, Adam; Townsend, Ivan I., III; Sibille, Laurent; Galloway, Gregory

    2014-01-01

    The success or failure of in-situ resource utilization for planetary surface exploration-whether for science, colonization, or commercialization-relies heavily on the design and implementation of systems that can effectively process planetary regolith and exploit its potential benefits. In most cases, this challenge necessarily includes the characterization of regolith properties at low temperatures (cryogenic). None of the nearby solar system destinations of interest, such as the moon, Mars and asteroids, possess a sufficient atmosphere to sustain the consistently "high" surface temperatures found on Earth. Therefore, they can experience permanent cryogenic temperatures or dramatic cyclical changes in surface temperature. Characterization of physical properties (e.g., specific heat, thermal and electrical conductivity) over the entire temperature profile is important when planning a mission to a planetary surface; however, the impact on mechanical properties due to the introduction of icy deposits must also be explored in order to devise effective and robust excavation technologies. The Granular Mechanics and Regolith Operations Laboratory and the Cryogenics Test Laboratory at NASA Kennedy Space Center are developing technologies and experimental methods to address these challenges and to aid in the characterization of the physical and mechanical properties of regolith at cryogenic temperatures. This paper will review the current state of knowledge concerning planetary regolith at low temperature, including that of icy regolith, and describe efforts to manipulate icy regolith through novel penetration and excavation techniques.

  9. Nondestructive Methods to Characterize Rock Mechanical Properties at Low-Temperature: Applications for Asteroid Capture Technologies

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    Savage, Kara A.

    Recent government initiatives and commercial activities have targeted asteroids for in situ material characterization, manipulation, and possible resource extraction. Most of these activities and missions have proposed significant robotic components, given the risks and costs associated with manned missions. To successfully execute these robotic activities, detailed mechanical characteristics of the target space bodies must be known prior to contact, in order to appropriately plan and direct the autonomous robotic protocols. Unfortunately, current estimates of asteroid mechanical properties are based on limited direct information, and significant uncertainty remains specifically concerning internal structures, strengths, and elastic properties of asteroids. One proposed method to elucidate this information is through in situ, nondestructive testing of asteroid material immediately after contact, but prior to any manipulation or resource extraction activities. While numerous nondestructive rock characterization techniques have been widely deployed for terrestrial applications, these methods must be adapted to account for unique properties of asteroid material and environmental conditions of space. For example, asteroid surface temperatures may range from -100°C to 30°C due to diurnal cycling, and these low temperatures are especially noteworthy due to their deleterious influence on non-destructive testing. As a result, this thesis investigates the effect of low temperature on the mechanical characteristics and nondestructive technique responses of rock material. Initially, a novel method to produce low temperature rock samples was developed. Dry ice and methanol cooling baths of specific formulations were used to decrease rock to temperatures ranging from -60°C to 0°C. At these temperatures, shale, chalk, and limestone rock samples were exposed to several nondestructive and conventional mechanical tests, including Schmidt hammer, ultrasonic pulse velocity, point

  10. Low-temperature Mechanical Properties of Bulk MgB2 Fabricated by Hot Isostatic Pressing

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    Murakami, A.; Teshima, H.; Naito, T.; Fujishiro, H.; Kudo, T.; Iwamoto, A.

    Mechanical properties ina MgB2superconducting bulk sample,whose packing ratio is 92%,fabricated by hot isostatic pressing (HIP)areevaluated at 77 K through bending tests.The fracture strength at 77 K is higher than at room temperature. From the bending test result at 77 K, the fracture strength of ideal bulk MgB2,whose packing ratio is 100%,is estimated. The fracture strength at very low temperature of the HIP bulk MgB2is also estimated from the bending test results at 77 K and room temperature.

  11. A Summary of Results of Various Investigations of the Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Alloys at Low Temperatures

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    Hartmann, E C; Sharp, W H

    1942-01-01

    The available sources of data on the mechanical properties of aluminum alloys at low temperatures are listed and a summary of the material to be found in each source is given. There is included a discussion of the results of recent tests of aluminum alloys at low temperatures made at the Aluminum Research Laboratories.

  12. Nanostructures having high performance thermoelectric properties

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    Yang, Peidong; Majumdar, Arunava; Hochbaum, Allon I.; Chen, Renkun; Delgado, Raul Diaz

    2015-12-22

    The invention provides for a nanostructure, or an array of such nanostructures, each comprising a rough surface, and a doped or undoped semiconductor. The nanostructure is an one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure, such a nanowire, or a two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructure. The nanostructure can be placed between two electrodes and used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

  13. Nanostructures having high performance thermoelectric properties

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    Yang, Peidong; Majumdar, Arunava; Hochbaum, Allon I; Chen, Renkun; Delgado, Raul Diaz

    2014-05-20

    The invention provides for a nanostructure, or an array of such nanostructures, each comprising a rough surface, and a doped or undoped semiconductor. The nanostructure is an one-dimensional (1-D) nanostructure, such a nanowire, or a two-dimensional (2-D) nanostructure. The nanostructure can be placed between two electrodes and used for thermoelectric power generation or thermoelectric cooling.

  14. Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Low Temperature Phase MnBi

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    Jiang, Xiujuan; Roosendaal, Timothy J.; Lu, Xiaochuan; Palasyuk, Olena; Dennis, Kevin W.; Dahl, Michael E.; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Polikarpov, Evgueni; Marinescu, Melania; Cui, Jun

    2016-01-21

    The low temperature phase (LTP) MnBi is a promising rare-earth-free permanent magnet material due to its high intrinsic coercivity and its large positive temperature coefficient. While scientists are making progress on fabricating bulk MnBi magnets, engineers have started to consider MnBi magnet for motor applications. In addition to the magnetic properties, there are other physical properties that could significantly affect a motor design. Here, we report the results of our investigation on the mechanical and electrical properties of bulk LTP MnBi and their dependence on temperature. We found at room temperature the sintered MnBi magnet fractures when the compression stress exceeds 193 MPa; and its room temperature electric resistance is about 6.85 μΩ-m.

  15. Atomistic design of semiconductor nanostructures with optimal thermoelectric properties

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    Galli, Giulia

    2008-03-01

    The search for novel materials with optimal thermoelectric properties (for either thermoelectric power generation or heat dissipation) is an active field of research. We present atomistic and ab-initio simulations of selected nanomaterials, aimed at predicting thermal conductivities and electronic transport properties, and ultimately at designing materials with optimal thermoelectric figure of merit. In particular we focus on carbon nanotubes [1], silicon wires [2] and nanoporous silicon [3] and we discuss both strategies and algorithms to optimize thermoelectric properties at the nanoscale. [1] D. Donadio and G.Galli, Phys. Rev. Lett. 2007 (in press). [2] T.Vo, A.Williamson, V.Lordi and G.Galli (submitted) and J.Reed, A.Williamson, E.Schwegler and G.Galli (submitted). [3] J.-H. Lee, J.C.Grossman, J.Reed and G.Galli, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2007 (in press).

  16. Angular Dependent Magnetic Properties of CeCoIn5 at Low Temperatures

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    Park, J.-H.; Stillwell, R. L.; Murphy, T. P.; Palm, E. C.; Tozer, S. W.; Cooley, J. C.

    2008-03-01

    The heavy-fermion compound CeCoIn5 exhibits a superconducting transition at 2.3 K. As an unconventional superconductor, many unusual physical properties of the compound have been actively studied. In particular, evidence of a Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov (FFLO) superconducting state in this compound was reported first by Radovan and co-workers.^ At the lowest temperature (˜ 20 mK), the FFLO state of CeCoIn5 was observed in fields between 10 and 11.7 T when the ab-plane of the compound was placed parallel to the external magnetic field. In addition, at these low temperatures, the angular dependent peak effect was observed and interpreted as a crossover between Abrikosov and Josephson vortex lattices.^ Further experimental studies of the low temperature (> 12 mK) magnetic properties of CeCoIn5, performed in various sample orientations with respect to magnetic field will be presented. ^H.A. Radovan, et al., Nature 425 (2003) 51. ^H.A. Radovan, et al., Philosophical Magazine 86 (2006) 3569.

  17. Optical and electrical properties and phonon drag effect in low temperature TEP measurements of AgSbSe2 thin films

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    Namitha Asokan, T.; Urmila, K. S.; Jacob, Rajani; Reena Philip, Rachel; Okram, G. S.; Ganesan, V.; Pradeep, B.

    2014-05-01

    Polycrystalline thin films of silver antimony selenide have been deposited using a reactive evaporation technique onto an ultrasonically cleaned glass substrate at a vacuum of 10-5 torr. The preparative parameters, like substrate temperature and incident fluxes, have been properly controlled in order to get stoichiometric, good quality and reproducible thin film samples. The samples are characterized by XRD, SEM, AFM and a UV—vis—NIR spectrophotometer. The prepared sample is found to be polycrystalline in nature. From the XRD pattern, the average particle size and lattice constant are calculated. The dislocation density, strain and number of crystallites per unit area are evaluated using the average particle size. The dependence of the electrical conductivity on the temperature has also been studied and the prepared AgSbSe2 samples are semiconducting in nature. The AgSbSe2 thin films exhibited an indirect allowed optical transition with a band gap of 0.64 eV. The compound exhibits promising thermoelectric properties, a large Seebeck coefficient of 30 mV/K at 48 K due to strong phonon electron interaction. It shows a strong temperature dependence on thermoelectric properties, including the inversion of a dominant carrier type from p to n over a low temperature range 9-300 K, which is explained on the basis of a phonon drag effect.

  18. Endurance and Other Properties at Low Temperatures of Some Alloys for Aircraft Use

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    Russell, H W; Welcker, W A , Jr

    1931-01-01

    The low temperature endurance properties of materials for aircraft construction are not well known. In order to determine them, apparatus for testing endurance at -40 C has been devised. The endurance properties of monel metal, low-carbon stainless steel, "18 and *, " 3 1/2% Ni steel and chromium-molybdenum steel have been determined at -40 C and at room temperature about +20 C. Tensile, impact and hardness tests of these materials have also been made at various temperatures. The results show an increase in endurance limit, tensile strength, and hardness with decreased temperature. Impact strength is, in general, decreased, but of all the alloys tested, only one, low-carbon stainless steel, gives less than 15 ft. lb. Chrpay impact test at -40 C.

  19. Bi nanobelts, nanocubes and their thermoelectric properties

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    Wang, Wenzhong; Chen, Shuo; Huang, Jianyu; Ren, Zhifeng; Harris, T.; Chen, Gang; Dresselhaus, M.

    2006-03-01

    Highly crystallized Bi nanobelts and monodispersed nanocubes have been synthesized via a low-temperature organic solution approach, in which sodium bismuthate was reduced by ethylene glycol in the presence of poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP). By changing some experimental conditions, Bi nanobelts and nanocubes have been prepared successfully. The as-prepared Bi nanobelts are single crystal with high crystallinity. The width of the nanobelts is in the range of 50-500 nanometers and the length is up to of several tens of micrometers. The as-synthesized Bi nanocubes are highly crystallized and monodispersed with edge length of 50-60 nm. The electrical, thermal, and Seebeck properties of the as-grown nanobelts were studied by a TEM-STM probe inside a high resolution TEM. The same studies were also carried out on bulk samples made by hot-press using the nanocubes.

  20. Thermoelectric properties of low-dimensional clathrates from first principles

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    Kasinathan, Deepa; Rosner, Helge

    2011-03-01

    Type-I inorganic clathrates are host-guest structures with the guest atoms trapped in the framework of the host structure. From a thermoelectric point of view, they are interesting because they are semiconductors with adjustable bandgaps. Investigations in the past decade have shown that type-I clathrates X8 Ga 16 Ge 30 (X = Ba, Sr, Eu) may have the unusual property of ``phonon glass-electron crystal'' for good thermoelectric materials. Among the known clathrates, Ba 8 Ga 16 Ge 30 has the highest figure of merit (ZT~1). To enable a more widespread usage of thermoelectric technology power generation and heating/cooling applications, ZT of at least 2-3 is required. Two different research approaches have been proposed for developing next generation thermoelectric materials: one investigating new families of advanced bulk materials, and the other studying low-dimensional materials. In our work, we concentrate on understanding the thermoelectric properties of the nanostructured Ba-based clathrates. We use semi-classical Boltzmann transport equations to calculate the various thermoelectric properties as a function of reduced dimensions. We observe that there exists a delicate balance between the electrical conductivity and the electronic part of the thermal conductivity in reduced dimensions. Insights from these results can directly be used to control particle size in nanostructuring experiments.

  1. Determining factors of thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowires

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    Demchenko, Denis O.; Heinz, Peter D.; Lee, Byounghak

    2011-08-01

    It is widely accepted that low dimensionality of semiconductor heterostructures and nanostructures can significantly improve their thermoelectric efficiency. However, what is less well understood is the precise role of electronic and lattice transport coefficients in the improvement. We differentiate and analyze the electronic and lattice contributions to the enhancement by using a nearly parameter-free theory of the thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowires. By combining molecular dynamics, density functional theory, and Boltzmann transport theory methods, we provide a complete picture for the competing factors of thermoelectric figure of merit. As an example, we study the thermoelectric properties of ZnO and Si nanowires. We find that the figure of merit can be increased as much as 30 times in 8-Å-diameter ZnO nanowires and 20 times in 12-Å-diameter Si nanowires, compared with the bulk. Decoupling of thermoelectric contributions reveals that the reduction of lattice thermal conductivity is the predominant factor in the improvement of thermoelectric properties in nanowires. While the lattice contribution to the efficiency enhancement consistently becomes larger with decreasing size of nanowires, the electronic contribution is relatively small in ZnO and disadvantageous in Si.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowire networks

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    Roslyak, Oleksiy; Piryatinski, Andrei

    2016-03-28

    To examine the thermoelectric (TE) properties of a semiconductor nanowire (NW) network, we propose a theoretical approach mapping the TE network on a two-port network. In contrast to a conventional single-port (i.e., resistor)network model, our model allows for large scale calculations showing convergence of TE figure of merit, ZT, with an increasing number of junctions. Using this model, numerical simulations are performed for the Bi2Te3 branched nanowire (BNW) and Cayley tree NW (CTNW) network. We find that the phonon scattering at the network junctions plays a dominant role in enhancing the network ZT. Specifically, disordered BNW and CTNW demonstrate anmore » order of magnitude higher ZT enhancement compared to their ordered counterparts. Formation of preferential TE pathways in CTNW makes the network effectively behave as its BNW counterpart. In conclusion, we provide formalism for simulating large scale nanowire networks hinged upon experimentally measurable TE parameters of a single T-junction.« less

  3. Thermoelectric properties of semiconductor nanowire networks

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    Roslyak, Oleksiy; Piryatinski, Andrei

    2016-03-28

    To examine the thermoelectric (TE) properties of a semiconductor nanowire (NW) network, we propose a theoretical approach mapping the TE network on a two-port network. In contrast to a conventional single-port (i.e., resistor)network model, our model allows for large scale calculations showing convergence of TE figure of merit, ZT, with an increasing number of junctions. Using this model, numerical simulations are performed for the Bi2Te3 branched nanowire (BNW) and Cayley tree NW (CTNW) network. We find that the phonon scattering at the network junctions plays a dominant role in enhancing the network ZT. Specifically, disordered BNW and CTNW demonstrate an order of magnitude higher ZT enhancement compared to their ordered counterparts. Formation of preferential TE pathways in CTNW makes the network effectively behave as its BNW counterpart. In conclusion, we provide formalism for simulating large scale nanowire networks hinged upon experimentally measurable TE parameters of a single T-junction.

  4. Measurements of anisotropic thermoelectric properties in superlattices

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    Yang, B.; Liu, W. L.; Liu, J. L.; Wang, K. L.; Chen, G.

    2002-11-01

    Thermoelectric properties, i.e., thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, and the Seebeck coefficient, have been measured in the directions parallel (in-plane) and perpendicular to the interface of an n-type Si(80 A)/Ge(20 A) superlattice. A two-wire 3omega method is employed to measure the in-plane and cross-plane thermal conductivities. The cross-plane Seebeck coefficient is deduced by using a differential measurement between the superlattice and reference samples and the cross-plane electrical conductivity is determined through a modified transmission-line method. The in-plane thermal conductivity of the Si/Ge superlattice is 5-6 times higher than the cross-plane one, and the electrical conductivity shows a similar anisotropy. The anisotropy of the Seebeck coefficients is smaller in comparison to electrical and thermal conductivities in the temperature range from 150 to 300 K. However, the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient rises faster with increasing temperature than that of the in-plane direction.

  5. Thermoelectric Properties of Indium-Filled Skutterudites

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    He, Tao; Chen, Jiazhong; Rosenfeld, H. David; Subramanian, M.A.

    2008-09-18

    Structural, electrical, and thermal transport properties of CoSb{sub 3} partially filled with indium are reported. Polycrystalline samples of In{sub x}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} (0 {le} x {le} 0.3) were prepared by solid-state reaction under a gas mixture of 5% H{sub 2} and 95% Ar. The solubility limit of the indium filling voids in CoSb{sub 3} was found to be close to 0.22. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction refinement of the x = 0.2 sample showed that the indium is located in the classic rattler site and has a substantially larger thermal factor than those of Co and Sb. The electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficients, and thermal conductivity of the In{sub x}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} samples were measured in the temperature range of 300-600 K. All samples showed metal-like behavior, and the large negative Seebeck coefficients indicated n-type conduction. The thermal conductivity decreased with increasing temperature for all samples. A thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT) {ge} 1 (n-type) has been achieved when x {ge} 0.2 in In{sub x}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} at 575 K.

  6. Optical properties of single wurtzite/zinc-blende ZnSe nanowires grown at low temperature

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    Zannier, V.; Cremel, T.; Kheng, K.; Artioli, A.; Ferrand, D.; Grillo, V.

    2015-09-07

    ZnSe nanowires with a dominant wurtzite structure have been grown at low temperature (300 °C) by molecular beam epitaxy assisted by solid Au nanoparticles. The nanowires emission is polarized perpendicularly to their axis in agreement with the wurtzite selection rules. Alternations of wurtzite and zinc-blende regions have been observed by transmission electron microscopy, and their impact on the nanowires optical properties has been studied by microphotoluminescence. The nanowires show a dominant intense near-band-edge emission as well as the ZnSe wurtzite free exciton line. A type II band alignment between zinc-blende and wurtzite ZnSe is evidenced by time-resolved photoluminescence. From this measurement, we deduce values for the conduction and valence band offsets of 98 and 50 meV, respectively.

  7. Low-temperature ferromagnetic properties in Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles

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    Yang, Fengxia E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn; Yu, Gen; Han, Chong; Liu, Tingting; Zhang, Duanming; Xia, Zhengcai E-mail: xia9020@hust.edu.cn

    2014-01-06

    β-Ag{sub 2}Se is a topologically nontrivial insulator. The magnetic properties of Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se nanoparticles with Co concentrations up to 40% were investigated. The cusp of zero-field-cooling magnetization curves and the low-temperature hysteresis loops were observed. With increasing concentration of Co{sup 2+} ions mainly substituting Ag{sub I} sites in the Ag{sub 2}Se structure, the resistivity, Curie temperature T{sub c}, and magnetization increased. At 10 T, a sharp drop of resistance near T{sub c} was detected due to Co dopants. The ferromagnetic behavior in Co-doped Ag{sub 2}Se might result from the intra-layer ferromagnetic coupling and surface spin. This magnetic semiconductor is a promising candidate in electronics and spintronics.

  8. High-T c superconductor/polymer composites. Modeling of abnormal electrical properties at low temperature

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    Benlhachemi, A.; Gavarri, J. R.; Musso, J.; Alfred-Duplan, C.; Marfaing, J.

    1994-09-01

    High- Tc 2223-bismuth superconducting pigments have been inserted in a matrix of Fe 3+-doped polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) to obtain new composites with variable properties. The fabrication and the characterization of the various components are briefly described. The electrical resistivity at a low temperature of the composites is reported. In the case of multiphase super-conducting pigments presenting various Tc's and semiconducting fabrication residues inserted in the polymeric matrix, the composites are characterized by abnormal resistivity evolutions between 20 K and 300 K. A new electrical model is proposed to interpret the behavior of such composites in the full 5 K to 300 K temperature range. Percolation features are taken into account through an empirical description of the electrical complex impedances. The computer calculations allow one to characterize fabrication residues and interfaces between insulating, conducting and superconducting areas in the composites.

  9. Beyond mean-field properties of binary dipolar Bose mixtures at low temperatures

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    Pastukhov, Volodymyr

    2017-02-01

    We rigorously analyze the low-temperature properties of homogeneous three-dimensional two-component Bose mixture with dipole-dipole interaction. For such a system the effective hydrodynamic action that governs the behavior of low-energy excitations is derived. The infrared structure of the exact single-particle Green's functions is obtained in terms of macroscopic parameters, namely the inverse compressibility and the superfluid density matrices. Within the one-loop approximation we calculate some of the most relevant observable quantities and give the beyond mean-field stability condition for the binary dipolar Bose gas in the dilute limit. A brief variational derivation of the coupled equations that describe macroscopic hydrodynamics of the system in the external nonuniform potential at zero temperature is presented.

  10. Low temperature magnetic properties of magnesium substituted YbMnO{sub 3}

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    Sattibabu, Bhumireddi Bhatnagar, Anil K. Mohan, Dasari Das, Dibakar Sundararaman, Mahadevan; Siruguri, Vasudeva; Rayaprol, Sudhindra

    2014-04-24

    Structural and magnetic properties of polycrystalline Yb{sub 1−x}Mg{sub x}MnO{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.05 and 0.10) hexagonal compounds prepared by solid state method, have been studied. The structural analyses of the samples were carried out by Rietveld analysis of neutron diffraction data. With increasing Mg content, we find that the lattice parameter a decreases and c increases whereas the overall Mn-O bond length decreases. Magnetization measured as a function of magnetic field at 2.5 K exhibits hysteresis, which is attributed to ferromagnetic like ordering of Yb{sup 3+} sublattice. Temperature dependence of ac magnetic susceptibility, χ{sub ac}(T), shows no signature of spin-glass behavior. χ”(T) exhibits a sudden increase at low temperatures which is due to ordering of Yb{sup 3+} sublattice.

  11. Growth and low-temperature photoluminescence properties of hybrid ZnO-SnO2 nanobelts

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    Sinha, S. K.; Rakshit, T.; Ray, S. K.; Bysakh, S.; Manna, I.

    2012-09-01

    Hybrid ZnO-SnO2 nanobelts were synthesized through a simple thermal evaporation technique without using any catalyst. Detailed microstructural investigation showed that the nanobelts possessed doped/alloyed wurtzite (ZnO) and rutile (SnO2) structures. The diameter and length of the nanobelts were in the ranges 100-200 and 20-40 µm, respectively. Low-temperature photoluminescence properties of the hybrid ZnO-SnO2 nanostructured aggregate revealed a red shift of near-band-edge emission peaks of ZnO with increasing temperature. The method of synthesis offers a convenient and effective technique of producing hybrid ZnO-SnO2 nanobelts for gas sensing in the large quantity.

  12. Low-temperature mechanical and magnetic properties of the reduced activation martensitic steel

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    Ding, Hui-Li; Zhang, Tao; Gao, Rui; Wang, Xian-Ping; Fang, Qian-Feng; Liu, Chang-Song; Suo, Jin-Ping

    2015-09-01

    Mechanical and magnetic properties as well as their relationship in the reduced activation martensitic (RAM) steel were investigated in the temperature range from -90°C to 20°C. Charpy impact tests show that the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of the RAM steel is about -60°C. Low-temperature tensile tests show that the yield strength, ultimate tensile strength and total elongation values increase as temperature decreases, indicating that the strength and plasticity below the DBTT are higher than those above the DBTT. The coercive field ( H C) in the scale of logarithm decreases linearly with the increasing temperature and the absolute value of the slope of ln H C versus temperature above the DBTT is obviously larger than that below the DBTT, also confirmed in the T91 steel. The results indicate that the non-destructive magnetic measurement is a promising candidate method for the DBTT detection of ferromagnetic steels.

  13. Hysteresis, thermomagnetic, and low-temperature magnetic properties of Southwestern U.S. obsidians

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    Sternberg, R. S.; Jackson, M. J.; Shackley, M. S.

    2011-12-01

    Geochemical signatures of Southwestern U.S. obsidians have been intensively studied, in part to use as a provenance method for archaeological obsidians (Shackley, 2005). We reported (Sternberg et al. 2010) examined magnetic properties of 50 unoriented samples from 10 geologic obsidian sources in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico; here we provide additional results measured at the Institute for Rock magnetism. Room-temperature hysteresis curves were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer on 58 specimens from all 50 samples. The Quantum Designs Magnetic Properties Measurement System was used to measure low temperature cycling of the natural remanence and/or of a room-temperature saturation isothermal remanence for 10 specimens, and frequency dependence of susceptibility for 7 specimens. A Princeton VSM was used to measure hysteresis curves and thermomagnetic curves for 19 specimens from 17 samples. Eleven of the thermomagnetic curves show Curie temperatures close to that for magnetite, and most of them are almost perfectly reversible. Many of the specimens also show a less well-defined Curie point around 150-200°C; for a few specimens the thermomagnetic behavior is dominated by paramagnetic iron and no ferromagnetic phases can be identified. The low-temperature remanence and susceptibility measurements show the magnetite Verwey transition in almost all specimens, and a significant superparamagnetic presence in only a few cases. Hysteresis parameters plot mainly in the lower half of the PSD domain on a Day plot, and saturation magnetization values indicate magnetite concentrations of about 0.2% to 0.5% for most specimens. The coercivity of remanence decreased considerably for one specimen after surface cleaning, although for 5 other comparisons there was no change.

  14. Thermoelectric Property Dependence and Geometry Optimization of Peltier Current Leads Using Highly Electrically Conductive Thermoelectric Materials

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    Fujii, Tomohiro; Fukuda, Shinji; Emoto, Masahiko; Osada, Koudai; Kawahara, Toshio; Hamabe, Makoto; Watanabe, Hirofumi; Ivanov, Yury; Sun, Jian; Yamaguchi, Satarou

    2011-05-01

    Thermoelectric materials are promising candidates for use in energy-saving devices in many fields. They are also useful in superconducting applications such as those using Peltier current leads (PCLs) to reduce system heat loss. In the case of PCLs, consideration must be given to Joule heating. Furthermore, the performance of PCLs is intricately dependent on their thermoelectric properties. In addition to the figure of merit Z, consideration of the electrical conductivity is also important for the design of high-performance PCLs. In this paper, we discuss the resistivity dependence of the performance of PCLs using model parameters obtained from real devices.

  15. Thermoelectric properties of gated graphene ribbons in the ballistic regime

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    Kliros, G. S.; Divari, P. C.

    2012-08-01

    We investigate the thermoelectric properties of gated graphene ribbons in the ballistic transport limit using linear response theory and the Landauer formalism. The dependence of the electronic conductance, thermopower as well as electronic thermal conductance on both Fermi level and temperature are clarified and the validity of Wiedemann-Franz law is examined. The electronic part of thermoelectric figure of merit ZTel which gives an upper bound for the thermoelectric efficiency of the gated ribbons, is also calculated. It is shown that ZTel of wide and short gated ribbons is directly related to geometric aspect ratio of the graphene ribbon and for very short ribbons can exceed unity at room temperature. Our results could be useful in the design of efficient graphene-based thermoelectric devices.

  16. Electronic, phononic, and thermoelectric properties of graphyne sheets

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    Sevinçli, Hâldun; Sevik, Cem

    2014-12-01

    Electron, phonon, and thermoelectric transport properties of α-, β-, γ-, and 6,6,12-graphyne sheets are compared and contrasted with those of graphene. α-, β-, and 6,6,12-graphynes, with direction dependent Dirac dispersions, have higher electronic transmittance than graphene. γ-graphyne also attains better electrical conduction than graphene except at its band gap. Vibrationally, graphene conducts heat much more efficiently than graphynes, a behavior beyond an atomic density differences explanation. Seebeck coefficients of the considered Dirac materials are similar but thermoelectric power factors decrease with increasing effective speeds of light. γ-graphyne yields the highest thermoelectric efficiency with a thermoelectric figure of merit as high as ZT = 0.45, almost an order of magnitude higher than that of graphene.

  17. Polyesters Based on Linoleic Acid for Biolubricant Basestocks: Low-Temperature, Tribological and Rheological Properties.

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    Abdullah, Bashar Mudhaffar; Zubairi, Saiful Irwan; Huri, Hasniza Zaman; Hairunisa, Nany; Yousif, Emad; Basu, Roma Choudhury

    2016-01-01

    Presently, plant oils which contain high percentage of linoleic acid 1 are perceived to be a viable alternative to mineral oil for biolubricant applications due to their biodegradability and technical properties. In order to get biodegradable lubricant, triester derivatives compounds (1-5) were synthesized and characterized. The processes involved were monoepoxidation of linoleic acid 2, oxirane ring opening 3, esterification 4 and acylation 5. The structures of the products were confirmed by FTIR, 1H and 13C-NMR and LC-MS. The results that showed lowest temperature properties were obtained for triester 5, with a pour point value (PP) of -73°C, highest onset temperature (260°C) and lowest volatility at 0.30%. Viscosity index (VI) increased for the ester's synthetic compounds (2, 3, 4, 5), while the PP decreased. This behavior is the result of the increase of the chain length of the branching agents. Triester based linoleic acid has improved properties such as low-temperature and tribological properties. These results will make it feasible for plant oil to be used for biolubricants, fuels in chain saws, transmission oil and brake fluid.

  18. Polyesters Based on Linoleic Acid for Biolubricant Basestocks: Low-Temperature, Tribological and Rheological Properties

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    Abdullah, Bashar Mudhaffar; Zubairi, Saiful Irwan; Huri, Hasniza Zaman; Hairunisa, Nany; Yousif, Emad; Basu, Roma Choudhury

    2016-01-01

    Presently, plant oils which contain high percentage of linoleic acid 1 are perceived to be a viable alternative to mineral oil for biolubricant applications due to their biodegradability and technical properties. In order to get biodegradable lubricant, triester derivatives compounds (1–5) were synthesized and characterized. The processes involved were monoepoxidation of linoleic acid 2, oxirane ring opening 3, esterification 4 and acylation 5. The structures of the products were confirmed by FTIR, 1H and 13C-NMR and LC-MS. The results that showed lowest temperature properties were obtained for triester 5, with a pour point value (PP) of -73°C, highest onset temperature (260°C) and lowest volatility at 0.30%. Viscosity index (VI) increased for the ester’s synthetic compounds (2, 3, 4, 5), while the PP decreased. This behavior is the result of the increase of the chain length of the branching agents. Triester based linoleic acid has improved properties such as low-temperature and tribological properties. These results will make it feasible for plant oil to be used for biolubricants, fuels in chain saws, transmission oil and brake fluid. PMID:27008312

  19. Tuning Thermoelectric Properties of Chirality Selected Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Yanagi, Kazuhiro; Oshima, Yuki; Kitamura, Yoshimasa; Maniwa, Yutaka

    Thermoelectrics are a very important technology for efficiently converting waste heat into electric power. Hicks and Dresselhaus proposed an important approach to innovate the performance of thermoelectric devices, which involves using one-dimensional materials and properly tuning their Fermi level (PRB 1993). Therefore, understanding the relationship between the thermoelectric performance and the Fermi level of one-dimensional materials is of great importance to maximize their thermoelectric performance. Single wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) is an ideal model for one-dimensional materials. Previously we reported continuous p-type and n-type control over the Seebeck coefficients of semiconducting SWCNT networks with diameter of 1.4 nm through an electric double layer transistor setup using an ionic liquid as the electrolyte (Yanagi et al., Nano Lett. 14, 6437 2014). We clarified the thermoelectric properties of semiconducting SWCNTs with diameter of 1.4 nm as a function of Fermi level. In this study, we investigated how the chiralities or electronic structures of SWCNTs influence on the thermoelectric properties. We found the significant difference in the line-shape of Seebeck coefficient as a function of gate voltage between the different electronic structures of SWCNTs.

  20. Low-temperature aluminum reduction of graphene oxide, electrical properties, surface wettability, and energy storage applications.

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    Wan, Dongyun; Yang, Chongyin; Lin, Tianquan; Tang, Yufeng; Zhou, Mi; Zhong, Yajuan; Huang, Fuqiang; Lin, Jianhua

    2012-10-23

    Low-temperature aluminum (Al) reduction is first introduced to reduce graphene oxide (GO) at 100-200 °C in a two-zone furnace. The melted Al metal exhibits an excellent deoxygen ability to produce well-crystallized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) papers with a low O/C ratio of 0.058 (Al-RGO), compared with 0.201 in the thermally reduced one (T-RGO). The Al-RGO papers possess outstanding mechanical flexibility and extremely high electrical conductivities (sheet resistance R(s) ~ 1.75 Ω/sq), compared with 20.12 Ω/sq of T-RGO. More interestingly, very nice hydrophobic nature (90.5°) was observed, significantly superior to the reported chemically or thermally reduced papers. These enhanced properties are attributed to the low oxygen content in the RGO papers. During the aluminum reduction, highly active H atoms from H(2)O reacted with melted Al promise an efficient oxygen removal. This method was also applicable to reduce graphene oxide foams, which were used in the GO/SA (stearic acid) composite as a highly thermally conductive reservoir to hold the phase change material for thermal energy storage. The Al-reduced RGO/SnS(2) composites were further used in an anode material of lithium ion batteries possessing a higher specific capacity. Overall, low-temperature Al reduction is an effective method to prepare highly conductive RGO papers and related composites for flexible energy conversion and storage device applications.

  1. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of graphene oxide patterned by nanoroads.

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    Zhou, Si; Guo, Yu; Zhao, Jijun

    2016-04-21

    The thermoelectric properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials are of great interest for both fundamental science and device applications. Graphene oxide (GO), whose physical properties are highly tailorable by chemical and structural modifications, is a potential 2D thermoelectric material. In this report, we pattern nanoroads on GO sheets with epoxide functionalization, and investigate their ballistic thermoelectric transport properties based on density functional theory and the nonequilibrium Green's function method. These graphene oxide nanoroads (GONRDs) are all semiconductors with their band gaps tunable by the road width, edge orientation, and the structure of the GO matrix. These nanostructures show appreciable electrical conductance at certain doping levels and enhanced thermopower of 127-287 μV K(-1), yielding a power factor 4-22 times of the graphene value; meanwhile, the lattice thermal conductance is remarkably reduced to 15-22% of the graphene value; consequently, attaining the figure of merit of 0.05-0.75. Our theoretical results are not only helpful for understanding the thermoelectric properties of graphene and its derivatives, but also would guide the theoretical design and experimental fabrication of graphene-based thermoelectric devices of high performance.

  2. Thermoelectric Properties of Bi Doped Tetrahedrite

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    Prem Kumar, D. S.; Chetty, R.; Femi, O. E.; Chattopadhyay, K.; Malar, P.; Mallik, R. C.

    2016-08-01

    Bi doped tetrahedrites with nominal compositions of Cu12Sb4-x Bi x S13 (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8) were synthesized by the solid state reaction method. Powder x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed that Cu12Sb4S13 (tetrahedrite structure) was the main phase, along with Cu3SbS4 and Cu3SbS3 as the secondary phases. Electron probe microanalysis provided the elemental composition of all the samples. It was confirmed that the main phase is the tetrahedrite phase with slight deviations in the stoichiometry. All the transport properties were measured between 423 K and 673 K. The electrical resistivity increased with an increase in Bi content for all the samples, possibly induced by the variation in the carrier concentration, which may be due to the influence of impurity phases. The increase in electrical resistivity with an increase in temperature indicates the degenerate semiconducting nature of the samples. The absolute Seebeck coefficient is positive throughout the temperature range indicating the p-type nature of the samples. The Seebeck coefficient for all the samples increased with an increase in Bi content as electrical resistivity. The variation of electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient with doping can be attributed to the changes in the carrier concentration of the samples. The total thermal conductivity increases with an increase in temperature and decreases with an increase in the Bi content that could be due to the reduction in carrier thermal conductivity. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) ~0.84 at 673 K was obtained for the sample with x = 0.2 due to lower thermal conductivity (1.17 W/m K).

  3. Mechanical and electrical properties of low temperature phase MnBi

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    Jiang, Xiujuan; Roosendaal, Timothy; Lu, Xiaochuan; Palasyuk, Olena; Dennis, Kevin W.; Dahl, Michael; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Polikarpov, Evgueni; Marinescu, Melania; Cui, Jun

    2016-01-01

    Low temperature phase (LTP) manganese bismuth (MnBi) is a promising rare-earth-free permanent magnet material due to its high intrinsic coercivity and large positive temperature coefficient. While scientists are making progress on fabricating bulk MnBi magnets, engineers have begun considering MnBi magnets for motor applications. Physical properties other than magnetic ones could significantly affect motor design. Here, we report results of our investigation on the mechanical and electrical properties of bulk LTP MnBi and their temperature dependence. A MnBi ingot was prepared using an arc melting technique and subsequently underwent grinding, sieving, heat treatment, and cryomilling. The resultant powders with a particle size of ˜5 μm were magnetically aligned, cold pressed, and sintered at a predefined temperature. Micro-hardness testing was performed on a part of original ingot and we found that the hardness of MnBi was 109 ± 15 HV. The sintered magnets were subjected to compressive testing at different temperatures and it was observed that a sintered MnBi magnet fractured when the compressive stress exceeded 193 MPa at room temperature. Impedance spectra were obtained using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy at various temperatures and we found that the electrical resistance of MnBi at room temperature was about 6.85 μΩ m.

  4. Low temperature properties of spin filter NbN/GdN/NbN Josephson junctions

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    Massarotti, D.; Caruso, R.; Pal, A.; Rotoli, G.; Longobardi, L.; Pepe, G. P.; Blamire, M. G.; Tafuri, F.

    2017-02-01

    A ferromagnetic Josephson junction (JJ) represents a special class of hybrid system where different ordered phases meet and generate novel physics. In this work we report on the transport measurements of underdamped ferromagnetic NbN/GdN/NbN JJs at low temperatures. In these junctions the ferromagnetic insulator gadolinium nitride barrier generates spin-filtering properties and a dominant second harmonic component in the current-phase relation. These features make spin filter junctions quite interesting also in terms of fundamental studies on phase dynamics and dissipation. We discuss the fingerprints of spin filter JJs, through complementary transport measurements, and their implications on the phase dynamics, through standard measurements of switching current distributions. NbN/GdN/NbN JJs, where spin filter properties can be controllably tuned along with the critical current density (Jc), turn to be a very relevant term of reference to understand phase dynamics and dissipation in an enlarged class of JJs, not necessarily falling in the standard tunnel limit characterized by low Jc values.

  5. Electrical transport properties of graphene nanowalls grown at low temperature using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Zhao, Rong; Ahktar, Meysam; Alruqi, Adel; Dharmasena, Ruchira; Jasinski, Jacek B.; Thantirige, Rukshan M.; Sumanasekera, Gamini U.

    2017-05-01

    In this work, we report the electrical transport properties of uniform and vertically oriented graphene (graphene nanowalls) directly synthesized on multiple substrates including glass, Si/SiO2 wafers, and copper foils using radio-frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) with methane (CH4) as the precursor at relatively low temperatures. The temperature for optimum growth was established with the aid of transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. This approach offers means for low-cost graphene nanowalls growth on an arbitrary substrate with the added advantage of transfer-free device fabrication. The temperature dependence of the electrical transport properties (resistivity and thermopower) were studied in the temperature range, 30-300 K and analyzed with a combination of 2D-variable range hopping (VRH) and thermally activated (TA) conduction mechanisms. An anomalous temperature dependence of the thermopower was observed for all the samples and explained with a combination of a diffusion term having a linear temperature dependence plus a term with an inverse temperature dependence.

  6. Growth behavior and properties of nano Pb quantum islands on Si(111) surfaces at low temperatures

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    Tsong, Tien T.

    2004-03-01

    Quantum effects can affect the dynamic properties of surface atoms and the growth behavior of nanometer size islands. Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we have studied: 1) Dynamics of atoms and silicon magic clusters on clean Si(111)-7x7 surfaces. 2) How the electronic property affects the growth behavior of Pb ultra-thin quantum-islands on the Si(111) surface. We find the low temperature growth of Pb quantum-islands on the Si(111)-7x7 surface is affected by the electronic standing wave states formed in the normal direction of these islands. The scaling behavior in the growth of these multilayer flat-top quantum islands can be described by a scaling theory of growth of single layer 2D islands with a minor modification. 3) Observed the vertical Friedel oscillation of the electronic Morie patterns formed at the Pb-Si interface and found the decay of the amplitude to follow the inverse square of the distance to the interface. 4) Observed the dynamics of a structure phase transition of monolayer quasi two dimensional Pb islands and its size effect. These and other recent interesting observations of ours will be presented. Coworkers: C-S Chang, I-S Hwang, W-B Su, M-S Ho, W-B Jian, and S-H Chang etc. Work supported by NSC of Taiwan and Academia Sinica (Taiwan).

  7. Thermoelectric Properties of Nanowires with a Graphitic Shell.

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    Lee, Jong Woon; Lee, Eun Kyung; Kim, Byung Sung; Lee, Jae Hyun; Kim, Hee Goo; Jang, Hyeon Sik; Hwang, Sung Woo; Choi, Byoung Lyong; Whang, Dongmok

    2015-07-20

    A thermoelectric device that can generate electricity from waste heat can play an important role in a global energy solution. However, the strongly correlated thermoelectric properties have remained a major hurdle for the highly efficient conversion of thermoelectric energy. Herein, the electrical and thermal properties of Si and SiO2 nanowires with few-layer graphitic shells are demonstrated; these structures exhibit enhanced electrical properties but no increase in thermal conductivity. The main path of the phonons through the structures is the core nanowire, which has a large cross-sectional area relative to that of the graphitic shell layer. However, the electrical conductivities of the nanowires with shell structures are high because of the good electrical conductivity of the graphitic shell, despite its small cross-sectional area.

  8. Impacts of doping on thermal and thermoelectric properties of nanomaterials.

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    Zhang, Gang; Li, Baowen

    2010-07-01

    Thermal transport in nanoscale structures has attracted an increasing interest in the last two decades. On the one hand, the low dimensional nanostructured materials are platforms for testing novel phonon transport theories. On the other hand, nanomaterials are promising candidates for nanoscale on-chip coolers. This review is focused on the thermal conductance, thermoelectric property, and impacts of doping on these properties.

  9. Milling properties of low temperature sintered zirconia blocks for dental use.

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    Lan, Ting-Hsun; Wang, Chau-Hsiang; Chen, Ker-Kong; Wang, Moo-Chin; Lee, Huey-Er

    2017-04-01

    To investigate the milling properties of different yttria-tetragonal zirconia polycrystalline (Y-TZP) block materials by applying a dental computer numerical control (CNC) milling center. Low temperature sintering zirconia block denoted by KMUZ (experimental) with two commercial zirconia blocks for T block made in Taiwan and a G block made in Germany were compared for the milling properties. Seventy-two specimens were milled using the same CNC milling center, and properties were evaluated by measuring the weight loss (g), milling time (s), margin integrity (%) and broken diameter (μm). The crystalline phases contents were identified by X-ray diffraction and the microstructures of the sintering specimens were observed by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The mean milling time of G and KMUZ were significantly shorter than T (P<0.05). The KMUZ samples exhibited the least weight loss among the three kinds of blocks (P<0.05). The percentages of marginal integrity after milling were high in G and KMUZ but low in T (P<0.05). The mean broken diameters were from 90μm to 120μm. The phase transformation of t-ZrO2 (KMUZ: 7.4%, G: 5.9%, T: 3.2%) to m-ZrO2 when facing the milling pressure in ZrO2 blocks was observed by XRD. The result of TEM microstructure of KMUZ revealed that Y and Si were soluble in grain boundaries. The results show that the milling properties of KMUZ were better than one commercial T and near the G. The hindered grain growth, as a result of the Y(3+) content in the grain boundaries, also plays a role in promoting the abnormal grain growth of 3Y-TZP. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Effects of the low-temperature thermo-alkaline method on the rheological properties of sludge.

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    Wang, Ruikun; Zhao, Zhenghui; Yin, Qianqian; Liu, Jianzhong

    2016-07-15

    Municipal sewage sludge (hereafter referred to as sludge) in increasing amounts is a serious threat to the environment and human health. Sludge is difficult to dispose because of its complex properties, such as high water content, viscosity, and hazardous compound concentration. The rheological properties of sludge also significantly influence treatment processes, including stirring, mixing, pumping, and conveying. Improving the rheological properties and reducing the apparent viscosity of sludge are conducive to economic and safe sludge treatment. In this study, the low-temperature thermo-alkaline (LTTA) method was used to modify sludge. Compared with the original sludge with an apparent viscosity at 100 s(-1) (η100) of 979.3 mPa s, the sludge modified under 90 °C-Ca(OH)2-1 h and 90 °C-NaOH-1 h conditions exhibited lower η100 values of 208.7 and 110.8 mPa s respectively. The original sludge exhibited a pseudoplastic behavior. After modification, the pseudoplastic behavior was weakened, and the sludge gradually tended to behave as Newton fluids. The hysteresis loop observed during the shear rate cycle was mainly caused by the viscoelasticity of the sludge. The hysteresis loop area (Hla) reflected to a certain extent the energy required to break the elastic solid structure of the sludge. The larger the Hla, the more energy was needed. However, this result should be evaluated comprehensively by considering other sludge parameters, such as yield stress and apparent viscosity. Hla may also reflect the damage degree of the sludge structure after shearing action. The irreversible destruction of the structure during shearing may also increase Hla. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Processing, Microstructure and Electric Properties of Buried Resistors in Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramics

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    Dimos, D.B.; Kotula, P.G.; Miera, B.K.; Rodriguez, M.A.; Yang, Pin

    1999-09-17

    The electrical properties were investigated for ruthenium oxide based devitrifiable resistors embedded within low temperature co-fired ceramics. Special attention was given to the processing conditions and their affects on resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). Results indicate that the conductance for these buried resistors is limited by tunneling of charge carriers through the thin glass layer between ruthenium oxide particles. A modified version of the tunneling barrier model is proposed to more accurately account for the microstructure ripening observed during thermal processing. The model parameters determined from curve fitting show that charging energy (i.e., the energy required for a charge carrier to tunnel through the glass barrier) is strongly dependent on particle size and particle-particle separation between ruthenium oxide grains. Initial coarsening of ruthenium oxide grains was found to reduce the charging energy and lower the resistance. However, when extended ripening occurs, the increase in particle-particle separation increases the charging energy, reduces the tunneling probability and gives rise to a higher resistance. The trade-off between these two effects results an optimum microstructure with a minimum resistance and TCR. Furthermore, the TCR of these resistors has been shown to be governed by the magnitude of the charging energy. Model parameters determined by our analysis appear to provide quantitative physical interpretations to the microstructural change in the resistor, which in turn, are controlled by the processing conditions.

  12. Effect of low temperature annealing on the wear properties of NITINOL

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    Mukunda, Sriram; Nath. S, Narendra; Herbert, Mervin A.; Mukunda, P. G.

    2016-02-01

    NiTi shape memory alloy is a wonder material that is a solution looking for problems. The material finds wide biomedical applications like endodontic files for root canal treatment and cardiovascular stents. This material has rendered the surgical procedure simple compared to that with the existing Stainless Steel (SS) or titanium ones. NiTi as an endodontic file would cause less discomfort to the patients in comparison to that with far stiffer SS or titanium ones. Here nearly equi-atomic 50:50 commercial NiTi rods were subjected to low temperature aging at 300 to 450°C. The wear resistance of the as-received and the heat-treated samples was studied using adhesive wear tests on hardened steel counter face. Abrasive wear tests were run against Alumina disc to simulate the working of endodontic drills and files against dental hard and soft tissues. The abrasive wear resistance is expected to be proportional to the Vickers Hardness of the material and is high for the 450°C heat-treated sample. A correlation between the mechanical properties and microstructures of this material is attempted

  13. Low temperature crystal structure and magnetic properties of RAl{sub 2}

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    Pathak, Arjun K. Paudyal, D.; Gschneidner, K. A.; Pecharsky, V. K.

    2014-05-07

    Low temperature crystal structure and magnetic properties of RAl{sub 2} (R = Pr and Nd) have been studied using temperature dependent powder x-ray diffraction, magnetization, and heat capacity measurements. Unlike PrAl{sub 2}, NdAl{sub 2} retains cubic MgCu{sub 2}-type structure from room temperature down to 5 K, which is also confirmed from first principles electronic structure calculations. The magnetization measurements show both PrAl{sub 2} and NdAl{sub 2} order ferromagnetically at T{sub C} = 32 K and 77 K, respectively. However, the magnetization measurements show the former is a hard ferromagnet compared to the latter which is a soft ferromagnetic material. The magnetic entropy change obtained from heat capacity measurements at ΔH = 30 kOe for PrAl{sub 2} and NdAl{sub 2} are 3.15 J mol{sup −1} K{sup −1} and 1.18 J mol{sup −1} K{sup −1}, respectively.

  14. Processing, microstructure, and electric properties of buried resistors in low-temperature co-fired ceramics

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    Yang, Pin; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Kotula, Paul; Miera, Brandon K.; Dimos, Duane

    2001-04-01

    The electrical properties of ruthenium oxide based devitrifiable resistors embedded within low-temperature co-fired ceramics were investigated from -100{sup o}C to 100{sup o}C. Special attention was given to the processing conditions and their effects on resistance and temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). Results indicate that within this temperature range the conductance for these buried resistors is limited by tunneling of charge carriers through the thin glass layer between ruthenium oxide particles. A modified version of the tunneling barrier model is proposed to account for the microstructure ripening observed during thermal processing. The model parameters determined from curve fitting show that charging energy (i.e., the energy required for a charge carrier to tunnel through the glass barrier) is strongly dependent on particle size and particle--particle separation between ruthenium oxide grains. Initial coarsening of ruthenium oxide grains was found to reduce the charging energy and lower the resistance. However, when extended ripening occurs, the increase in particle--particle separation increases the charging energy, reduces the tunneling probability and gives rise to a higher resistance. The tradeoff between these two effects results in an optimum microstructure with a minimum resistance and TCR. Furthermore, the TCR of these buried resistors has been shown to be governed by the magnitude of the charging energy. Model parameters determined by our analysis appear to provide quantitative physical interpretations to the microstructural changes in the resistor, which in turn, are controlled by the processing conditions.

  15. The spectral properties of DNA and RNA macromolecules at low temperatures: fundamental and applied aspects.

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    Yashchuk, Valeriy M; Kudrya, Vladislav Yu

    2017-01-18

    This paper summarizes the results of studies of the spectral properties-optical absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence-of DNA and RNA macromolecules and synthetic poly-, oligo- and mono-nucleotides, which have been carried out in our laboratory. The system of first excited singlet and triplet energy levels for DNA and RNA is evaluated using low-temperature (4.2 K-77 K) luminescent measurements. The traps of the singlet and triplet electronic excitations in these compounds are identified. An important self-protection mechanism against photo-damage of DNA and RNA by UV photons or penetrative radiation based on the capture of triplet electronic-energy excitations by the most photostable centers-in DNA, the complex formed by neighboring adenosine (A) and thymidine (T) links; in RNA, the adenosine links-is described. It is confirmed that despite similarities in the chemical and partly energy structures DNA is more stable than RNA. The spectral manifestation of the telomeres (the important functional system) in DNA macromolecules is examined. The results obtained on telomere fragments provide the possibility of finding the configuration peculiarities of the triplet excitations traps in DNA macromolecules. The resulting spreading length of the migrating singlet (l s) and triplet (l t) excitations for DNA and RNA macromolecules are evaluated.

  16. Structure-processing-property relationships and thermoelectricity in strongly correlated cerium-tri(palladium) and related compounds

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    Boona, Stephen Richard

    The discovery of high performance thermoelectric materials would enable the development of a wide range of new thermal and electrical energy management technologies, including the possibility of solid state cryogenic coolers. Such discoveries have been sharply inhibited to date, however, by the contraindicated nature of the material properties that comprise the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT. Enhancement of ZT generally requires overcoming significant materials science and engineering challenges that become even more restrictive at low temperatures. One possible approach for overcoming these challenges is to shift away from conventional semiconductors and toward strongly correlated electron materials, as these systems often display unusual combinations of electronic and thermal properties that may be exploited to achieve high ZT in the cryogenic temperature regime. This perspective has motivated the current work, in which the thermoelectric properties of strongly correlated CePd3 and related compounds are explored. This work presents a comprehensive and systematic study of the ways in which composition and processing modifications affect the electronic, thermal, magnetic, and structural properties of these materials. The insights gained from this study have led to the highest ZT value reported to date of all p-type bulk polycrystalline materials at low temperatures. A detailed review of these developments is provided along with a discussion of how they may be applied to achieve further enhancements in ZT.

  17. Thermoelectric Properties of Polycrystalline n-Type Pb5Bi6Se14

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    Sassi, S.; Candolfi, C.; Ohorodniichuk, V.; Gendarme, C.; Masschelein, P.; Dauscher, A.; Lenoir, B.

    2017-05-01

    Chalcogenides are currently receiving attention due to their interesting thermoelectric properties that stem from their complex crystal structures and semiconducting properties. Here, we report on the synthesis and measurements of the transport properties in a broad temperature range (2-723 K) of polycrystalline n-type Pb5Bi6Se14, a member of the homologous series (PbSe)5(Bi2Se3)3 m ( m = 1), to assess its thermoelectric potential and to shed light on the basic mechanisms governing the low-temperature transport. The anisotropic crystal structure gives rise to transport properties that differ on samples measured parallel or perpendicular to the pressing direction. The measurements show that this compound exhibits semiconducting-like properties with thermopower values that reach 250 μV K-1 at 723 K. The lattice thermal conductivity values are very low in the whole temperature range (˜0.5 W m-1 K-1) and close to the theoretical minimum thermal conductivity estimated from sound velocities. Thanks to this remarkable property, a peak ZT of 0.5 is achieved at 720 K.

  18. Properties of shape memory polyurethane used as a low-temperature thermoplastic biomedical orthotic material: influence of hard segment content.

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    Meng, Qinghao; Hu, Jinlian; Zhu, Yong

    2008-01-01

    A series of PCL-based shape memory polyurethanes was synthesized via bulk pre-polymerization. Their thermal, mechanical properties, shape memory properties, softening and hardening processes were investigated by the experimental approach and made comparison with a commercially available orthotic material. The cytotoxicity of the low-temperature thermoplastic polyurethane was tested. The results suggest that the soft segment phase of the shape memory polyurethanes has a melting transition at about 36-46 degrees C, which makes them possible low-temperature thermoplastic materials. The hard segment phase has a two-fold effect on the shape memory polyurethane as a low-temperature thermoplastic orthotic material: increasing tensile mechanical strength at room temperature, which enables it to be used in circumstances where high tensile strength is required; and reducing low-temperature malleability and fixity ratio, which make it difficult to fabricate orthotic devices. To obtain a shape memory polyurethane with excellent low-temperature thermoplastic properties for orthopaedical surgical use, the hard segment content should not be above 22 wt%. At last, a prototype wrist orthosis was easily fabricated at 60 degrees C with hand using a shape memory polyurethane with 16 wt% hard segment content. Cytotoxicity tests indicate that the wrist orthotic material is not cytotoxic.

  19. Efficient Visible-Light Photocatalytic Properties in Low-Temperature Bi-Nb-O System Photocatalysts.

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    Zhai, Haifa; Shang, Shuying; Zheng, Liuyang; Li, Panpan; Li, Haiqin; Luo, Hongying; Kong, Jizhou

    2016-12-01

    Low-temperature Bi-Nb-O system photocatalysts were prepared by a citrate method using homemade water-soluble niobium precursors. The structures, morphologies, and optical properties of Bi-Nb-O system photocatalysts with different compositions were investigated deeply. All the Bi-Nb-O powders exhibit appreciably much higher photocatalytic efficiency of photo-degradation of methyl violet (MV), especially for Bi-Nb-O photocatalysts sintered at 750 °C (BNO750), only 1.5 h to completely decompose MV, and the obtained first-order rate constant (k) is 1.94/h. A larger degradation rate of Bi-Nb-O photocatalysts sintered at 550 °C (BNO550) can be attributed to the synergistic effect between β-BiNbO4 and Bi5Nb3O15. Bi5Nb3O15 with small particle size on β-BiNbO4 surface can effectively short the diffuse length of electron. BNO750 exhibits the best photocatalytic properties under visible-light irradiation, which can be attributed to its better crystallinity and the synergistic effect between β-BiNbO4 and α-BiNbO4. The small amount of α-BiNbO4 loading on surface of β-BiNbO4 can effectively improve the electron and hole segregation and migration. Holes are the main active species of Bi-Nb-O system photocatalysts in aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation.

  20. Modified Spin Wave Analysis of Low Temperature Properties of the Spin-1/2 Frustrated Ferromagnetic Ladder

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    Hida, Kazuo; Iino, Takashi

    2012-03-01

    Low temperature properties of the spin-1/2 frustrated ladder with ferromagnetic rungs and legs, and two different antiferromagnetic next nearest neighbor interactions are investigated using the modified spin wave approximation in the region with ferromagnetic ground states. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility and magnetic structure factors is calculated. The results are consistent with the numerical exact diagonalization results in the intermediate temperature range. Below this temperature range, the finite size effect is significant in the numerical diagonalization results, while the modified spin wave approximation gives more reliable results. The low temperature properties near the limit of the stability of the ferromagnetic ground state are also discussed.

  1. Thermoelectric properties of pressure-sintered Si(0.8)Ge(0.2) thermoelectric alloys

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    Vining, Cronin B.; Laskow, William; Hanson, Jack O.; Van Der Beck, Roland R.; Gorsuch, Paul D.

    1991-01-01

    The thermoelectric properties of 28 sintered Si(0.8)Ge(0.2) alloys, heavily doped with either B or P and prepared from powders with median particle sizes ranging from about 1 to over 100 microns, have been determined from 300 to 1300 K. The thermal conductivity decreases with decreasing particle size; however, the figure of merit is not significantly increased due to a compensating reduction in the electrical conductivity. The thermoelectric figure of merit is in good agreement with results of Dismukes et al. (1964) on similarly doped alloys prepared by zone-leveling techniques. The electrical and thermal conductivity are found to be sensitive to preparation procedure while the Seebeck coefficient and figure of merit are much less sensitive. The high-temperature electrical properties are consistent with charge carrier scattering by acoustic or optical phonons.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of rare earth chalcogenides

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    Danielson, L. R.; Raag, V.; Wood, C.

    1985-01-01

    The rare earth chalcogenides are important thermoelectric materials due to their high melting points, self-doping capabilities, and low thermal conductivities. Lanthanum sulfides and lanthanum tellurides have been synthesized in quartz ampules, hot-pressed into samples, and measured. The n-type Seebeck coefficients, electrical resistivities, and power factors generally all increased as the temperature increased from 200 to 1000 C. The figure-of-merit for nonstoichiometric lanthanum telluride was 0.001/deg C at 1000 C, considerably higher than for silicon-germanium. Thermoelectric measurements were made for LaTe(2) and YbS(1.4), and p-type behavior was observed for these compounds from 300 to 1100 C.

  3. Improving Thermoelectric Properties of Nanowires Through Inhomogeneity

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    González, J. Eduardo; Sánchez, Vicenta; Wang, Chumin

    2016-10-01

    Inhomogeneity in nanowires can be present in the cross-section and/or by breaking the translational symmetry along the nanowire. In particular, the quasiperiodicity introduces an unusual class of electronic and phononic transport with a singular continuous eigenvalue spectrum and critically localized wave functions. In this work, the thermoelectricity in periodic and quasiperiodically segmented nanobelts and nanowires is addressed within the Boltzmann formalism by using a real-space renormalization plus convolution method developed for the Kubo-Greenwood formula, in which tight-binding and Born models are, respectively, used for the calculation of electric and lattice thermal conductivities. For periodic nanowires, we observe a maximum of the thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT) in the temperature space, as occurred in the carrier concentration space. This maximum ZT can be improved by introducing into nanowires periodically arranged segments and an inhomogeneous cross-section. Finally, the quasiperiodically segmented nanowires reveal an even larger ZT in comparison with the periodic ones.

  4. Thermoelectric Properties of Solution Synthesized Nanostructured Materials.

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    Finefrock, Scott W; Yang, Haoran; Fang, Haiyu; Wu, Yue

    2015-01-01

    Thermoelectric nanocomposites made by solution synthesis and compression of nanostructured chalcogenides could potentially be low-cost, scalable alternatives to traditional solid-state synthesized materials. We review the progress in this field by comparing the power factor and/or the thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, of four classes of materials: (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3, PbTe, ternary and quaternary copper chalcogenides, and silver chalcogenides. We also discuss the thermal conductivity reduction associated with multiphased nanocomposites. The ZT of the best solution synthesized materials are, in several cases, shown to be equal to or greater than the corresponding bulk materials despite the generally reduced mobility associated with solution synthesized nanocomposites. For the solution synthesized materials with the highest performance, the synthesis and processing conditions are summarized to provide guidance for future work.

  5. Thermoelectric properties of rare earth chalcogenides

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    Danielson, L. R.; Raag, V.; Wood, C.

    1985-01-01

    The rare earth chalcogenides are important thermoelectric materials due to their high melting points, self-doping capabilities, and low thermal conductivities. Lanthanum sulfides and lanthanum tellurides have been synthesized in quartz ampules, hot-pressed into samples, and measured. The n-type Seebeck coefficients, electrical resistivities, and power factors generally all increased as the temperature increased from 200 to 1000 C. The figure-of-merit for nonstoichiometric lanthanum telluride was 0.001/deg C at 1000 C, considerably higher than for silicon-germanium. Thermoelectric measurements were made for LaTe(2) and YbS(1.4), and p-type behavior was observed for these compounds from 300 to 1100 C.

  6. Improving Thermoelectric Properties of Nanowires Through Inhomogeneity

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    González, J. Eduardo; Sánchez, Vicenta; Wang, Chumin

    2017-05-01

    Inhomogeneity in nanowires can be present in the cross-section and/or by breaking the translational symmetry along the nanowire. In particular, the quasiperiodicity introduces an unusual class of electronic and phononic transport with a singular continuous eigenvalue spectrum and critically localized wave functions. In this work, the thermoelectricity in periodic and quasiperiodically segmented nanobelts and nanowires is addressed within the Boltzmann formalism by using a real-space renormalization plus convolution method developed for the Kubo-Greenwood formula, in which tight-binding and Born models are, respectively, used for the calculation of electric and lattice thermal conductivities. For periodic nanowires, we observe a maximum of the thermoelectric figure-of-merit ( ZT) in the temperature space, as occurred in the carrier concentration space. This maximum ZT can be improved by introducing into nanowires periodically arranged segments and an inhomogeneous cross-section. Finally, the quasiperiodically segmented nanowires reveal an even larger ZT in comparison with the periodic ones.

  7. Thermoelectric properties of single-layered SnSe sheet

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    Wang, Fancy Qian; Zhang, Shunhong; Yu, Jiabing; Wang, Qian

    2015-09-01

    Motivated by the recent study of inspiring thermoelectric properties in bulk SnSe [Zhao et al., Nature, 2014, 508, 373] and the experimental synthesis of SnSe sheets [Chen et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 1213], we have carried out systematic calculations for a single-layered SnSe sheet focusing on its stability, electronic structure and thermoelectric properties by using density functional theory combined with Boltzmann transport theory. We have found that the sheet is dynamically and thermally stable with a band gap of 1.28 eV, and the figure of merit (ZT) reaches 3.27 (2.76) along the armchair (zigzag) direction with optimal n-type carrier concentration, which is enhanced nearly 7 times compared to its bulk counterpart at 700 K due to quantum confinement effect. Furthermore, we designed four types of thermoelectric couples by assembling single-layered SnSe sheets with different transport directions and doping types, and found that their efficiencies are all above 13%, which are higher than those of thermoelectric couples made of commercial bulk Bi2Te3 (7%-8%), suggesting the great potential of single-layered SnSe sheets for heat-electricity conversion.Motivated by the recent study of inspiring thermoelectric properties in bulk SnSe [Zhao et al., Nature, 2014, 508, 373] and the experimental synthesis of SnSe sheets [Chen et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 1213], we have carried out systematic calculations for a single-layered SnSe sheet focusing on its stability, electronic structure and thermoelectric properties by using density functional theory combined with Boltzmann transport theory. We have found that the sheet is dynamically and thermally stable with a band gap of 1.28 eV, and the figure of merit (ZT) reaches 3.27 (2.76) along the armchair (zigzag) direction with optimal n-type carrier concentration, which is enhanced nearly 7 times compared to its bulk counterpart at 700 K due to quantum confinement effect. Furthermore, we designed four types of

  8. Thermoelectric properties of T-shaped graphene nanodevice

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    Jafari, A.; Ghoranneviss, M.; Boochani, A.; Hantehzadeh, M. R.

    2015-07-01

    The thermoelectric properties of a T-shaped graphene nanodevice (TGN) are investigated by means of the Landauer approach using the π-electron tight-binding model. The dependence of thermopower on the temperature is studied and the results are qualitatively in agreement with many features recently observed in thermoelectric measurements on graphene nanodevice which suggests the existence of a minimum when the EF is several kBT away from the Dirac point. Thermoconductance κ is proportional to transmission coefficient and thermal current has a linear dependence on the temperature. Further, both the electrical and thermal current of electrons in TGN are calculated. The results could be useful in designing efficient graphene-based thermoelectric devices.

  9. Low temperature magnetic properties of monoclinic pyrrhotite with particular relevance to the Besnus transition

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    Volk, M.; Gilder, S.; Feinberg, J. M.

    2016-12-01

    Monoclinic pyrrhotite (Fe7S8) is an important mineral on earth as well as in some meteorites. It owes its ferrimagnetism to an ordered array of Fe vacancies. Its magnetic properties change markedly around 30 K, in what is known as the Besnus transition. Plausible explanations for the Besnus transition are either due to changes in crystalline anisotropy from a transformation in crystal symmetry or from the establishment of a two-phase system with magnetic interaction between the two phases. To help resolve this discrepancy, we measured hysteresis loops every 5° and back field curves every 10° in the basal plane of an oriented single crystal of monoclinic pyrrhotite at 300 K and at 21 temperature steps from 50 K through the Besnus transition until 20 K. Between 50 and 30 K, hysteresis loops possess double inflections between crystallographic a-axes and only a single inflection parallel to the a-axes. The second inflection phenomenon and relative differences of the loops show a six-fold symmetry in this temperature range. The Besnus transition is best characterized by changes in magnetic remanence and coercivity over a 6° temperature span with a maximum rate of change at 30 K. A surprising yet puzzling finding is that the coercivity ratio becomes less than unity below the transition when four-fold symmetry arises. The saturation magnetization of natural pyrrhotite cycled from room temperature to successively lower temperatures through the Besnus transition decreases 2-4 times less than equivalent grain sizes of magnetite, with less than a 10% loss in remanence between 300 K and 150 K in pseudo-single domain pyrrhotite. As pseudo-single domain monoclinic pyrrhotite carries the magnetic remanence in some meteorites, it is likely that low temperature cycling in space to the Earth's surface will have only a minor influence on paleointensity values derived from those meteorites.

  10. Dose dependence of mechanical properties in tantalum and tantalum alloys after low temperature irradiation

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    Byun, Thak Sang

    2008-01-01

    The dose dependence of mechanical properties was investigated for tantalum and tantalum alloys after low temperature irradiation. Miniature tensile specimens of three pure tantalum metals, ISIS Ta, Aesar Ta1, Aesar Ta2, and one tantalum alloy, Ta-1W, were irradiated by neutrons in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) at ORNL to doses ranging from 0.00004 to 0.14 displacements per atom (dpa) in the temperature range 60 C 100 oC. Also, two tantalum-tungsten alloys, Ta-1W and Ta-10W, were irradiated by protons and spallation neutrons in the LANSCE facility at LANL to doses ranging from 0.7 to 7.5 dpa and from 0.7 to 25.2 dpa, respectively, in the temperature range 50 C 160 oC. Tensile tests were performed at room temperature and at 250oC at nominal strain rates of about 10-3 s-1. All neutron-irradiated materials underwent progressive irradiation hardening and loss of ductility with increasing dose. The ISIS Ta experienced embrittlement at 0.14 dpa, while the other metals retained significant necking ductility. Such a premature embrittlement in ISIS Ta is believed to be because of high initial oxygen concentrations picked up during a pre-irradiation anneal. The Ta-1W and Ta-10W specimens irradiated in spallation condition experienced prompt necking at yield since irradiation doses for those specimens were high ( 0.7 dpa). At the highest dose, 25.2 dpa, the Ta-10W alloy specimen broke with little necking strain. Among the test materials, the Ta-1W alloy displayed the best combination of strength and ductility. The plastic instability stress and true fracture stress were nearly independent of dose. Increasing test temperature decreased strength and delayed the onset of necking at yield.

  11. Experiments on the thermoelectric properties of quantum dots

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    Svilans, Artis; Leijnse, Martin; Linke, Heiner

    2016-12-01

    Quantum dots (QDs) are good model systems for fundamental studies of mesoscopic transport phenomena using thermoelectric effects because of their small size, electrostatically tunable properties and thermoelectric response characteristics that are very sensitive to small thermal biases. Here we provide a review of experimental studies on thermoelectric properties of single QDs realized in two-dimensional electron gases, single-walled carbon nanotubes and semiconductor nanowires. A key requirement for such experiments is to have some methods for nanoscale thermal biasing at one's disposal. We briefly review the main techniques used in the field, namely, heating of the QD contacts, side heating and top heating, and touch upon their relative advantages. The thermoelectric response of a QD as a function of gate potential has a characteristic oscillatory behavior with the same period as is observed for conductance peaks. Much of the existing literature focuses on the agreement between experiments and theory, particularly for amplitude and line-shape of the thermovoltage Vth. A general observation is that the widely used single-electron tunneling approximation for QDs has limited success in reproducing measured Vth. Landauer-type calculations are often found to describe measurement results better, despite the large electron-electron interactions in QDs. More recently, nonlinear thermoelectric effects have moved into the focus of attention, and we offer a brief overview of the experiments done so far. We conclude by discussing open questions and avenues for future work, including the role of asymmetries in tunnel- and capacitive couplings in the thermoelectric behavior of QDs. xml:lang="fr"

  12. Phase transformation and thermoelectric properties of bismuth-telluride nanowires

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    Hsin, Cheng-Lun; Wingert, Matthew; Huang, Chun-Wei; Guo, Hua; Shih, Ten-Jen; Suh, Joonki; Wang, Kevin; Wu, Junqiao; Wu, Wen-Wei; Chen, Renkun

    2013-05-01

    Thermoelectric materials have attracted much attention due to the current interest in energy conversion and recent advancements in nano-engineering. A simple approach to synthesize BiTe and Bi2Te3 micro/nanowires was developed by combining solution chemistry reactions and catalyst-free vapor-solid growth. A pathway to transform the as-grown BiTe nanostructures into Bi2Te3 can be identified through the Bi-Te phase diagram. Structural characterization of these products was identified using standard microscopy practices. Meanwhile, thermoelectric properties of individual Bi-Te compound micro/nanowires were determined by the suspended microdevice technique. This approach provides an applicable route to synthesize advanced high performance thermoelectric materials in quantities and can be used for a wide range of low-dimensional structures.Thermoelectric materials have attracted much attention due to the current interest in energy conversion and recent advancements in nano-engineering. A simple approach to synthesize BiTe and Bi2Te3 micro/nanowires was developed by combining solution chemistry reactions and catalyst-free vapor-solid growth. A pathway to transform the as-grown BiTe nanostructures into Bi2Te3 can be identified through the Bi-Te phase diagram. Structural characterization of these products was identified using standard microscopy practices. Meanwhile, thermoelectric properties of individual Bi-Te compound micro/nanowires were determined by the suspended microdevice technique. This approach provides an applicable route to synthesize advanced high performance thermoelectric materials in quantities and can be used for a wide range of low-dimensional structures. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00876b

  13. Thermoelectric properties of epitaxial β-FeSi2 thin films grown on Si(111) substrates with various film qualities

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    Watanabe, Kentaro; Taniguchi, Tatsuhiko; Sakane, Shunya; Aoki, Shunsuke; Suzuki, Takeyuki; Fujita, Takeshi; Nakamura, Yoshiaki

    2017-05-01

    Si-based epitaxial β-FeSi2 thin films are attractive as materials for on-chip thermoelectric power generators. We investigated the structure, crystallinity, and thermoelectric properties of β-FeSi2 thin films epitaxially grown on Si(111) substrates by using three different techniques: conventional reactive deposition epitaxy followed by molecular beam epitaxy (RDE+MBE), solid phase epitaxy (SPE) based on codeposition of Fe and Si presented previously, and SPE followed by MBE (SPE+MBE) presented newly by this work. Their epitaxial growth temperatures were fixed at 530 °C for comparison. RDE+MBE thin films exhibited high crystalline quality, but rough surfaces and rugged β-FeSi2/Si(111) interfaces. On the other hand, SPE thin films showed flat surfaces and abrupt β-FeSi2/Si(111) interfaces but low crystallinity. We found that SPE+MBE thin films realized crystallinity higher than SPE thin films, and also had flatter surfaces and sharper interfaces than RDE+MBE thin films. In SPE+MBE thin film growth, due to the initial SPE process with low temperature codeposition, thermal interdiffusion of Fe and Si was suppressed, resulting in the surface flatness and abrupt interface. Second high temperature MBE process improved the crystallinity. We also investigated thermoelectric properties of these β-FeSi2 thin films. Structural factors affecting the thermoelectric properties of RDE+MBE, SPE, and SPE+MBE thin films were investigated.

  14. The structure and magnetic properties of Sm-Fe-N powders prepared by ball milling at low temperature

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    Fang, Qiuli; An, Xiaoxin; Wang, Fang; Li, Ying; Du, Juan; Xia, Weixing; Yan, Aru; Liu, J. Ping; Zhang, Jian

    2016-07-01

    Sm-Fe-N powders have great potential to be used for preparing high-performance bonded permanent magnets because of their high anisotropy field and large saturation magnetization. In this work, we report the morphology, structure, oxygen content and magnetic properties of the Sm-Fe-N powders prepared by high energy ball milling at low temperature. Compared with the samples milled at room temperature, the Sm-Fe-N powders prepared at low temperature display more homogeneous morphology, less decomposition, lower oxygen content, and therefore enhanced magnetic performance. Our experimental results indicate that the low temperature milling will be a promising method for fabricating Sm-Fe-N bonded magnets with high-performance.

  15. Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties of Lead Selenide by Doping

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    Peng, Haowei; Song, Jung-Hwan; Freeman, A. J.

    2010-03-01

    Lead chalcogenide materials are very important in thermoelectric investigations. Recently, it is reported that Tl doping in PbTe can greatly enhance the figure of merit (ZT) of PbTe,footnotetextJ. P. Heremans, et al, Science, 321, 554 (2008) which can be mainly attributed to resonance states near the Fermi level. PbSe is also a good candidate as a thermoelectric material since it has a high melting temperature and low thermal conductivity (1.6 W/mK).footnotetextS. Ahmad, et al., Phys. Rev. B 74, 155205 (2006) Here we present a theoretical study of the electronic structures, formation energies, and transport properties of PbSe doped with various impurities such as Ga, In, Tl, As, Sb, and Cd using the highly precise FLAPW method.footnotetextWimmer, Krakauer, Weinert, Freeman, Phys. Rev. B, 24, 864 (1981) Our calculated formation energies indicate that As prefers Se sites rather than Pb sites due to atom size mismatch, but Sb has no apparent preferable sites. Based on the analysis of the densities of states, PbSe with Tl and Cd doped on the cation sites are good candidates for thermoelectric applications as p-, and n-type materials. We also discuss the possible enhancement of thermoelectric properties in terms of optimal carrier concentrations.

  16. Magnetic properties and structure of low temperature phase MnBi with island structure

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    Ito, Masashi; Tanaka, Yoshitomo; Satoh, Takuya; Mankey, Gary; Schad, Rainer; Suzuki, Takao

    2017-05-01

    The magnetic properties of the low temperature phase (LTP) MnBi thin films of islands structure are discussed. The LTP MnBi islands are formed onto silica substrates after the multilayers Bi(3.2nm)/Mn(2nm)x N are deposited and then annealed at 450C for 0.5hr, where N is the number of the repetition of a pair of Mn and Bi layer. Those islands are found to be of the LTP MnBi, with the c-axis orientation along the normal to the sample plane for N=10 ˜ 40. Their size vary from place to place, but are averagely of about a few hundred nm in height and a few μm in width for N from 10 to 40. For N=200, the elongated islands are formed densely, with the length of about a few tens of μm. The coverage of those islands increases with N. The temperature dependence of saturation magnetization Ms is qualitatively similar to that for bulk, though the absolute values for Ms are smaller by 20%. The magnetic anisotropy constants of Ku1 and Ku2 are evaluated for the samples with N=10 ˜ 40, where Ku1 and Ku2 are the magnetic anisotropy constants corresponding to the second and fourth power term in the uniaxial magnetic anisotropy energy expression. It is found that the Ku1 increases with T monotonously, reaching to about 1x107 erg/cc at 400K. On the other hand, the Ku2 remains nearly zero for temperatures below 300K, and then becomes negative, reaching to about 7 x 106 erg/cc at 400K. This is the first to report of the temperature dependence of Ku1 and Ku2 in the LTP MnBi of an island structure. It is also noted that the decrease of Ku for a temperature range beyond around 450 K is possibly due to the decrease of the Ku2 component, as demonstrated in the present study.

  17. Low-temperature magnetic properties of monoclinic pyrrhotite with particular relevance to the Besnus transition

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    Volk, Michael W. R.; Gilder, Stuart A.; Feinberg, Joshua M.

    2016-12-01

    in pseudo-single-domain (PSD) pyrrhotite. As PSD monoclinic pyrrhotite carries the magnetic remanence in some meteorites, it is likely that low-temperature cycling in space then warming to ambient conditions at the Earth's surface will have only a minor influence on palaeointensity values derived from those meteorites.

  18. Structure and magnetic properties of the MnBi low temperature phase

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    Yang, J. B.; Yelon, W. B.; James, W. J.; Cai, Q.; Roy, S.; Ali, N.

    2002-05-01

    High purity MnBi low temperature phase has been prepared and analyzed using magnetic measurements and neutron diffraction. The low-temperature phase of the MnBi alloy has a coercivity μ0iHc of 2.0 T at 400 K, and exhibits a positive temperature coefficient from 0 to at least 400 K. The neutron data refinement indicated that the Mn atom changes its spin direction from c axis above room temperature to nearly perpendicular to the c axis at 50 K. A canted magnetic structure has been observed below 200 K. The anisotropy field increases with increasing temperature which gives rise to a high coercivity at the higher temperatures. The anisotropic bonded magnets have maximum energy products (BH)max of 7.7 and 4.6 MGOe at room temperature and 400 K, respectively.

  19. Low-temperature sintering of silica-boric acid-doped willemite and microwave dielectric properties

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    Ando, Minato; Ohsato, Hitoshi; Igimi, Daisuke; Higashida, Yutaka; Kan, Akinori; Suzuki, Sadahiko; Yasufuku, Yoshitoyo; Kagomiya, Isao

    2015-10-01

    Millimeter-wave wireless communications in a high-level information society have been expanding in terms of high-density data transfer and radar for pre-crash safety systems. For these communications, millimeter-wave dielectrics have been expected for the development of substrates with high quality factor (Qf), low dielectric constant (ɛr), and near-zero temperature coefficient of resonance frequency (TCf). We have been studying several silicates such as forsterite, willemite, diopside, wollastonite, and cordierite/indialite glass ceramics. In this study, the synthesis of willemite and low-temperature-sintered willemite for low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) is examined. The raw materials used for preparing slurries in doctor blade tape casting are also analyzed.

  20. Low-temperature study of the magnetic properties of finite atomic chains

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    Kolesnikov, S. V.

    2016-05-01

    A simple method for the calculation of the spontaneous remagnetization time and magnetization curves of atomic finite-length ferromagnetic chains at a low temperature within the Heisenberg model has been proposed. The applicability limits of the method have been studied. It has been shown that the proposed method gives results being in good agreement with the kinetic Monte Carlo simulation results. Formulas obtained within our model can also be used to determine the lower bound for the Curie temperature.

  1. A high-throughput thermoelectric power-factor screening tool for rapid construction of thermoelectric property diagrams

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    Otani, M.; Lowhorn, N. D.; Schenck, P. K.; Wong-Ng, W.; Green, M. L.; Itaka, K.; Koinuma, H.

    2007-09-01

    The authors have developed a high-throughput screening tool that maps out thermoelectric power factors of combinatorial composition-spread film libraries. The screening tool allows one to measure the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of over 1000 sample points within 6h. Seebeck coefficients of standard films measured with the screening tool are in good agreement with those measured by traditional thermoelectric measurement apparatus. The rapid construction of thermoelectric property diagrams is illustrated for two systems: (Zn, Al)-O binary composition-spread film on Al2O3 (0001) and (Ca,Sr,La)3Co4O9 ternary composition-spread film on Si (100).

  2. Thermoelectric properties of bismuth-antimony thin films

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    Treffny, J.; Jayadev, T.S.

    1980-07-01

    Thermoelectrics have a wide range of potential applications in the temperature range of 0/sup 0/ to 100/sup 0/C. In an effort to enhance the feasibility of thermoelectrics, we have begun investigation of potentially cheaper materials and cheaper techniques for thermoelectrics. Two features of bismuth and antimony have influenced our work. First, Horst and Williams have reported quite respectable figure of merit values in bulk single crystals of bismuth-antimony, up to 2.5 x 10/sup -3/ at room temperature. Second, bismuth and antimony are an order of magnitude cheaper in cost compared to selenium and tellurium, making this binary alloy a natural candidate to reduce the cost of thermoelectric devices. Our avenue of approach involves a simplification of the fabrication process using an established technique of solid-state electronics: thin-film deposition. We have recently begun to investigate the extent to which the favorable properties of bulk Bi-Sb are preserved in thin films. Some of the preliminary data coming out of this ongoing investigation are reported.

  3. Thermoelectric properties of bulk MoSi2 synthesized by solid state microwave heating

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    Lan, Yu; Xie, Mianyu; Ouyang, Ting; Yue, Song

    2016-07-01

    In this research, single phase α-MoSi2 was prepared by solid state hybrid microwave heating within 90 min at relatively low temperature 1273 K. Such precursor powders were then ball milled and sintered by microwave heating at different temperatures. The thermoelectric (TE) properties of MoSi2 bulks were investigated in the temperature range of 300-673 K. When the sintering temperature increases from 973 K to 1273 K, the electrical resistivity decreases significantly and the Seebeck coefficients increase obviously, leading to the maximum TE powder factor of 6.2 × 10-6Wm-1K-2 at 673 K. These results demonstrate the feasibility of high efficient and economical synthesis of MoSi2 by microwave heating technique, with the final products having comparable TE performance in comparison to those from typical methods with long duration and energy-extensive consumption.

  4. Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties of W- and Fe-Substituted MnSi γ

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    Ghodke, Swapnil; Hiroishi, Naoya; Yamamoto, Akio; Ikuta, Hiroshi; Matsunami, Masaharu; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro

    2016-10-01

    We have investigated the effect of heavy-element (W) substitution on the thermoelectric properties of higher manganese silicide (HMS). Samples were prepared by arc melting followed by liquid quenching, where the latter assisted in achieving higher solubility for tungsten. We observed that Mn34.6W1.8Si63.6 was a p-type material, whereas simultaneous substitution of 12 at.% Fe made the higher manganese silicide an n-type material. The optimal carrier concentration was obtained by simultaneous substitution of Fe and W for Mn atoms. Although the samples were metastable, we successfully obtained bulk samples by a low-temperature (970 K), high-pressure (>100 MPa), long-duration sintering process. The lattice thermal conductivity was effectively reduced by W substitution, and the ZT value was improved to above 0.5 for both n- and p-type samples.

  5. Process dependent thermoelectric properties of EDTA assisted bismuth telluride

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    Kulsi, Chiranjit; Kargupta, Kajari; Banerjee, Dipali

    2016-04-01

    Comparison between the structure and thermoelectric properties of EDTA (Ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid) assisted bismuth telluride prepared by electrochemical deposition and hydrothermal route is reported in the present work. The prepared samples have been structurally characterized by high resolution X-ray diffraction spectra (HRXRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopic images (HRTEM). Crystallite size and strain have been determined from Williamson-Hall plot of XRD which is in conformity with TEM images. Measurement of transport properties show sample in the pellet form (S1) prepared via hydrothermal route has higher value of thermoelectric power (S) than the electrodeposited film (S2). But due to a substantial increase in the electrical conductivity (σ) of the film (S2) over the pellet (S1), the power factor and the figure of merit is higher for sample S2 than the sample S1 at room temperature.

  6. Thermoelectric properties of non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides

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    Shapiro, E.; Danielson, L. R.

    1983-01-01

    The lanthanum sulfides are promising candidate materials for high-efficiency thermoelectric applications at temperatures up to 1300 C. The non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides (LaS(x), where x is in the range 1.33-1.50) appear to possess the most favorable thermoelectric properties. The Seebeck coefficient and resistivity vary significantly with composition, so that an optimum value of alpha sq/rho (where alpha is the Seebeck coefficient and rho is the resistivity) can be chosen. The thermal conductivity remains approximately constant with stoichiometry, so a material with an optimum value of alpha sq/rho should possess the optimum figure-of-merit. Data for the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity of non-stoichiometric lanthanum sulfides will be pressed, together with structural properties of these materials.

  7. Preparation and thermoelectric properties of some phosphide skutterudite compounds

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    Watcharapasorn, A.; DeMattei, R. C.; Feigelson, R. S.; Caillat, T.; Borshchevsky, A.; Snyder, G. J.; Fleurial, J.-P.

    1999-12-01

    Thermoelectric properties of CoP3 and CeFe4P12 have been measured. These compounds were synthesized by a flux technique using Sn as the solvent. The samples were characterized by x-ray diffractometry and electron microprobe analyses. The Seebeck coefficient, the electrical resistivity, the Hall effect, and the thermal conductivity were measured over a wide range of temperatures. The results indicate that CoP3 and CeFe4P12 are semiconductors, in agreement with theoretical predictions. The thermal conductivity of CeFe4P12 is about 10 times larger than that for CeFe4Sb12 which is primarily due to both reduced motion of the Ce ions in smaller voids and lower hole-phonon scattering. The results are analyzed and discussed to provide guidelines for optimization of the thermoelectric properties of these materials.

  8. Thermoelectric properties of topological insulator BaSn2

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    Guo, San-Dong; Qiu, Liang

    2017-01-01

    Recently, \\text{BaS}{{\\text{n}}2} has been predicted to be a strong topological insulator by the first-principle calculations. It is well known that topological insulators have a close connection to thermoelectric materials, such as the \\text{B}{{\\text{i}}2}\\text{T}{{\\text{e}}3} family. In this work, we investigate thermoelectric properties of \\text{BaS}{{\\text{n}}2} by the first-principles calculations combined with the Boltzmann transport theory. The electronic part is carried out by a modified Becke and Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential, including spin-orbit coupling (SOC), while the phonon part is performed using a generalized gradient approximation (GGA). It was found that the electronic transport coefficients between the in-plane and cross-plane directions showed strong anisotropy, while lattice-lattice thermal conductivities demonstrated almost complete isotropy. Calculated results revealed a very low lattice thermal conductivity for \\text{BaS}{{\\text{n}}2} , and the corresponding average lattice thermal conductivity at room temperature is 1.69 \\text{W}~{{\\text{m}}-1}~{{\\text{K}}-1} , which is comparable or lower than those of lead chalcogenides and bismuth-tellurium systems as classic thermoelectric materials. Due to the complicated scattering mechanism, calculating the scattering time τ is challenging. By using an empirical τ ={{10}-14} s, the n-type figure of merit ZT is greater than 0.40 in wide temperature ranges. Experimentally, it is possible to attain better thermoelectric performance by strain or tuning size parameters. This work indicates that \\text{BaS}{{\\text{n}}2} may be a potential thermoelectric material, which can stimulate further theoretical and experimental work.

  9. Low-temperature electrolytic coloration and spectral properties of sucrose crystals.

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    Gu, Hongen; Tian, Pin; Guo, Meili; Li, Yutong; Hao, Xiaoqing

    2012-06-01

    Sucrose crystals are colored electrolytically at low temperatures and various voltages by using a pointed cathode and a flat anode. Caramels, carbonyl compounds, glycosylamines and free radicals are produced in colored sucrose crystals. No obvious characteristic absorption band in UV and visible wavelength regions is observed in absorption spectrum of uncolored sucrose crystal. Intense characteristic absorption bands of glycosylamines, carbonyl compounds and caramels are observed in absorption spectra of colored sucrose crystals. Production of caramels, carbonyl compounds, glycosylamines and free radicals are explained. Current-time curve for electrolytic coloration of sucrose crystal and its relationship with electrolytic coloration process are given.

  10. Low-temperature electrolytic coloration and spectral properties of sucrose crystals

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    Gu, Hongen; Tian, Pin; Guo, Meili; Li, Yutong; Hao, Xiaoqing

    2012-06-01

    Sucrose crystals are colored electrolytically at low temperatures and various voltages by using a pointed cathode and a flat anode. Caramels, carbonyl compounds, glycosylamines and free radicals are produced in colored sucrose crystals. No obvious characteristic absorption band in UV and visible wavelength regions is observed in absorption spectrum of uncolored sucrose crystal. Intense characteristic absorption bands of glycosylamines, carbonyl compounds and caramels are observed in absorption spectra of colored sucrose crystals. Production of caramels, carbonyl compounds, glycosylamines and free radicals are explained. Current-time curve for electrolytic coloration of sucrose crystal and its relationship with electrolytic coloration process are given.

  11. Structural homogeneity of nanocrystalline VT1-0 titanium. Low-temperature micromechanical properties

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    Rusakova, A. V.; Lubenets, S. V.; Fomenko, L. S.; Moskalenko, V. A.

    2012-10-01

    The microhardness of samples of VT1-0 titanium with grain sizes ranging from 35 nm to 10 μm is measured at temperatures of 77-300 K. Nanocrystalline samples produced by rolling at low temperatures are found to be quite homogeneous, and their structure is stable with respect to thermal and mechanical interactions. The interrelationship between microhardness and grain size is well described by the Hall-Petch relationship, the parameters of which depend on temperature. Data on the temperature dependence of the microhardness and the Hall-Petch coefficient indicate that the microplastic deformation is of a thermally activated, dislocation character, regardless of grain size.

  12. Low Temperature Properties for Correlation Functions in Classical N-Vector Spin Models

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    Balaban, Tadeusz; O'Carroll, Michael

    We obtain convergent multi-scale expansions for the one-and two-point correlation functions of the low temperature lattice classical N- vector spin model in d>= 3 dimensions, N>= 2. The Gibbs factor is taken as where , , , are large and 0 < v<= 1. In the thermodynamic and limits, with h=e1, and Δ≡∂*∂, the expansion gives (spontaneous magnetization), , (Goldstone Bosons), , and , where , for some ρ > 0, and c0 is aprecisely determined constant.

  13. Low-temperature crystal structure, specific heat, and dielectric properties of lithium tetraborate Li2B4O7

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    Senyshyn, A.; Schwarz, B.; Lorenz, T.; Adamiv, V. T.; Burak, Ya. V.; Banys, J.; Grigalaitis, R.; Vasylechko, L.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.

    2010-11-01

    Coherent neutron powder diffraction experiments were carried out together with specific heat, dilatometry, and dielectric spectroscopy studies on Li2B4O7 enriched with B11 isotope to 99.3% at low temperatures. Neither traces of phase transformations nor discontinuous changes in physical properties were observed. Negative thermal expansion, anomalous thermal behavior of selected interatomic distances/angles, isotropic displacement parameters on specific sites as well as dielectric constant were discussed in terms of dynamic lithium disorder.

  14. Changes in the endoplasmic reticulum lipid properties in response to low temperature in Brassica napus.

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    Tasseva, Guergana; de Virville, Jacques Davy; Cantrel, Catherine; Moreau, François; Zachowski, Alain

    2004-12-01

    Cold is an abiotic stress known to induce changes in membrane lipid composition. However, there is only limited information on the differential reactivity to environmental temperature of distinct cellular compartments. Therefore, we focused our attention on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) that was never studied in this respect in plants. The ER membranes of etiolated Brassica napus (oilseed rape) hypocotyls grown at low temperature (4 degrees C) has been shown to be enriched in polyunsaturated fatty acids and phosphatidylethanolamine (PtdEtn) compared to hypocotyls grown at 22 degrees C. Despite the significant changes in their lipid composition upon cold exposure, the ER membranes showed a very partial physico-chemical adaptation as determined by measurement of membrane fluidity parameters such as local microviscosity of acyl chains and lipid lateral diffusion. To investigate the implication of transcriptional regulations during cold acclimation, we compared the abundance of transcripts for genes related to the fatty acid and the phosphatidylcholine (PtdCho)/PtdEtn biosynthesis pathways between normal temperature (22 degrees C)-acclimated and cold temperature (4 degrees C)-treated seedlings, using heterologous cDNA-array technology based on the knowledge on the Arabidopsis genome. Our studies demonstrate that a putative stearoyl-ACP desaturase isogene (orthologous to At1g43800) was up-regulated in response to low temperature.

  15. Boron nitride nanowalls: low-temperature plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition synthesis and optical properties.

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    Merenkov, Ivan S; Kosinova, Marina L; Maximovskii, Eugene A

    2017-05-05

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanowalls (BNNWs) were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) from a borazine (B3N3H6) and ammonia (NH3) gas mixture at a low temperature range of 400 °C-600 °C on GaAs(100) substrates. The effect of the synthesis temperature on the structure and surface morphology of h-BN films was investigated. The length and thickness of the h-BN nanowalls were in the ranges of 50-200 nm and 15-30 nm, respectively. Transmission electron microscope images showed the obtained BNNWs were composed of layered non-equiaxed h-BN nanocrystallites 5-10 nm in size. The parallel-aligned h-BN layers as an interfacial layer were observed between the film and GaAs(100) substrate. BNNWs demonstrate strong blue light emission, high transparency (>90%) both in visible and infrared spectral regions and are promising for optical applications. The present results enable a convenient growth of BNNWs at low temperatures.

  16. Low Temperature Properties and Quantum Criticality of CrAs1-x Px single crystal

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    Luo, Jianlin; Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Team

    We report a systematically study of resistivity and specific heat on phosphorus doped CrAs1-xPx single crystals with x =0 to 0.2. With the increasing of phosphorus doping concentration x, the magnetic and structural transition temperature TN is suppressed. Non-fermi liquid behavior and quantum criticality phenomenon are observed from low temperature resistivity around critical doping with xc ~0.05 where the long-range antiferromagnetic ordering is completely suppressed. The low temperature specific heat of CrAs1-xPx is contributed by the thermal excitation of phonons and electrons. The electronic specific heat coefficient γ, which reflects the effective mass of quasi-particles, shows maximum around xc ~0.05, also indicating the existence of quantum critical phenomenon around the critical doping. The value of Kadowaki-Woods ratio of CrAs1-xPx shows no significant different from that of CrAs. Work is done in collaboration with Fukun Lin, Wei Wu, Ping Zheng, Guozhi Fan, Jinguang Cheng.

  17. Boron nitride nanowalls: low-temperature plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition synthesis and optical properties

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    Merenkov, Ivan S.; Kosinova, Marina L.; Maximovskii, Eugene A.

    2017-05-01

    Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanowalls (BNNWs) were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) from a borazine (B3N3H6) and ammonia (NH3) gas mixture at a low temperature range of 400 °C-600 °C on GaAs(100) substrates. The effect of the synthesis temperature on the structure and surface morphology of h-BN films was investigated. The length and thickness of the h-BN nanowalls were in the ranges of 50-200 nm and 15-30 nm, respectively. Transmission electron microscope images showed the obtained BNNWs were composed of layered non-equiaxed h-BN nanocrystallites 5-10 nm in size. The parallel-aligned h-BN layers as an interfacial layer were observed between the film and GaAs(100) substrate. BNNWs demonstrate strong blue light emission, high transparency (>90%) both in visible and infrared spectral regions and are promising for optical applications. The present results enable a convenient growth of BNNWs at low temperatures.

  18. Surface morphology and physicochemical properties of ordered mesoporous silica SBA-15 synthesized at low temperature

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    Koh, M. H.; Haji Azaman, S. A.; Hameed, B. H.; Din, A. T. Mohd

    2017-06-01

    The effects of process parameters on the surface morphology and physicochemical characteristics of ordered mesoporous silica SBA-15 synthesized at low temperature have been investigated in this study. SBA-15 particles were synthesized through sol-gel method using non-ionic surfactant Pluronic P123 and TEOS as a silica source with aqueous hydrochloric acid (HCl) as a catalyst under the following conditions: HCl concentration (1.0-2.5 M), ageing temperature (40-70ºC) and ageing time (12-48 hours). A series of physicochemical characterizations and material analyses were performed on SBA-15 particles including Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), BET surface area analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) analysis. From the experimental observation, the conditions of HCl concentration, ageing temperature and ageing time were able to influence the surface morphology of SBA-15 particles. The presence of the ordered structures in SBA-15 particles was observed through the formation of 1-D cylindrical channels and 2-D hexagonal pores, inspected by using TEM. The detected XRD peak at (100) reflection signified the presence of ordered meso structures within the SBA-15 particles. Therefore, synthesis of SBA-15 particles through sol-gel method at low temperature is feasible and more sustainable if compared to the energy intensive hydrothermal method.

  19. New monoclinic phase at the composition Cu2SnSe3 and its thermoelectric properties.

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    Fan, Jing; Carrillo-Cabrera, Wilder; Akselrud, Lev; Antonyshyn, Iryna; Chen, Lidong; Grin, Yuri

    2013-10-07

    A new monoclinic phase (m2) of ternary diamond-like compound Cu2SnSe3 was synthesized by reaction of the elements at 850 K. The crystal structure of m2-Cu2SnSe3 was determined through electron diffraction tomography and refined by full-profile techniques using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction data (space group Cc, a = 6.9714(2) Å, b = 12.0787(5) Å, c = 13.3935(5) Å, β = 99.865(5)°, Z = 8). Thermal analysis and annealing experiments suggest that m2-Cu2SnSe3 is a low-temperature phase, while the high-temperature phase has a cubic crystal structure. According to quantum chemical calculations, m2-Cu2SnSe3 is a narrow-gap semiconductor. A study of the chemical bonding, applying the electron localizability approach, reveals covalent polar Cu-Se and Sn-Se interactions in the crystal structure. Thermoelectric properties were measured on a specimen consolidated using spark plasma sintering (SPS), confirming the semiconducting character. The thermoelectric figure of merit ZT reaches a maximum value of 0.33 at 650 K.

  20. Thermoelectric properties of SnSe2 monolayer

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    Li, Guanpeng; Ding, Guangqian; Gao, Guoying

    2017-01-01

    The 2H (MoS2-type) phase of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) has been extensively studied and exhibits excellent electronic and optoelectronic properties, but the high phonon thermal conductivity is detrimental to the thermoelectric performances. Here, we use first-principles methods combined with Boltzmann transport theory to calculate the electronic and phononic transport properties of 1T (CdI2-type) SnSe2 monolayer, a recently realized 2D metal dichalcogenide semiconductor. The calculated band gap is 0.85 eV, which is a little larger than the bulk value. Lower phonon thermal conductivity and higher power factor are obtained in 1T-SnSe2 monolayer compared to 2H-TMDCs monolayers. The low phonon thermal conductivity (3.27 W mK-1 at room temperature) is mainly due to the low phonon frequency of acoustic modes and the coupling of acoustic modes with optical modes. We also find that the p-type has better thermoelectric performance than the n-type, and the figure of merit within p-type can reach 0.94 at 600 K for 1T-SnSe2 monolayer, which is higher than those of most 2H-TMDCs monolayers, making 1T-SnSe2 monolayer a promising candidate for thermoelectric applications.

  1. Enhancing thermoelectric properties of organic composites through hierarchical nanostructures

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    Zhang, Kun; Zhang, Yue; Wang, Shiren

    2013-01-01

    Organic thermoelectric (TE) materials are very attractive due to easy processing, material abundance, and environmentally-benign characteristics, but their potential is significantly restricted by the inferior thermoelectric properties. In this work, noncovalently functionalized graphene with fullerene by π-π stacking in a liquid-liquid interface was integrated into poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate). Graphene helps to improve electrical conductivity while fullerene enhances the Seebeck coefficient and hinders thermal conductivity, resulting in the synergistic effect on enhancing thermoelectric properties. With the integration of nanohybrids, the electrical conductivity increased from ~10000 to ~70000 S/m, the thermal conductivity changed from 0.2 to 2 W·K−1m−1 while the Seebeck coefficient was enhanced by around 4-fold. As a result, nanohybrids-based polymer composites demonstrated the figure of merit (ZT) as high as 6.7 × 10−2, indicating an enhancement of more than one order of magnitude in comparison to single-phase filler-based polymer composites with ZT at the level of 10−3. PMID:24336319

  2. Anharmonic effects in the thermoelectric properties of PbTe

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    Al-Otaibi, Jawaher; Srivastava, G. P.

    2014-07-28

    In this work, we investigate the crystal anharmonic effects in the thermoelectric properties of n-type PbTe. The lattice thermal transport coefficient is computed by employing an isotropic continuum model for the dispersion relation for acoustic as well as optical phonon branches, an isotropic continuum model for crystal anharmonicity, and the single-mode relaxation time scheme. The electronic components of the transport coefficients in a wide temperature range are calculated using the isotropic-nearly-free-electron model, interaction of electrons with deformation potential of acoustic phonons, and the effect of the band non-parabolicity. It is found that the transverse optical branches play a major role in determining the phonon conductivity and the thermoelectric figure of merit of this material.

  3. Thermoelectric properties of titanium dioxide polymorphs from first principles

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    Bayerl, Dylan; Kioupakis, Emmanouil

    2014-03-01

    Titanium oxides are promising materials for high-temperature thermoelectrics because of their high Seebeck coefficients, thermal stability, and natural abundance. We use first-principles calculations to investigate the thermoelectric transport properties of several titanium dioxide polymorphs. Our methodology is based on density functional and many-body perturbation theory within the GW approximation. The maximally localized Wannier function method is employed to interpolate the GW bands in the Brillouin zone. We use the Boltzmann transport formalism within the constant relaxation time approximation to determine the temperature and carrier-density dependence of the Seebeck coefficient, electron mobility, and electron thermal conductivity from the calculated electronic band structures. We demonstrate agreement with experimentally measured transport parameters and enhanced power factor at high temperature in certain heavily doped phases. This research was supported as part of CSTEC, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science. Computational resources were provided by the DOE NERSC facility.

  4. Structural and Thermoelectric Properties of Ternary Full-Heusler Alloys

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    Hayashi, K.; Eguchi, M.; Miyazaki, Y.

    2016-09-01

    The thermoelectric properties of ternary full-Heusler alloys, Co2 YZ, which are in a ferromagnetic state up to high temperature above 300 K, were measured and are discussed in terms of the crystal structure and electronic states. Among the full-Heusler alloys studied, the Co2MnSi sample exhibited the highest absolute value of Seebeck coefficient and also the highest electrical conductivity in the temperature range from 300 K to 1023 K. The highest power factor of 2.9 × 10-3 W/m-K2 was obtained for the Co2MnSi sample at 550 K, demonstrating the potential of half-metallic full-Heusler alloys as thermoelectric materials.

  5. Low-temperature plasma-deposited silicon epitaxial films: Growth and properties

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte Bartlome, Richard; Seif, Johannes P.; Geissbühler, Jonas; Ballif, Christophe; De Wolf, Stefaan; Alexander, Duncan T. L.; Jeangros, Quentin

    2014-08-07

    Low-temperature (≤200 °C) epitaxial growth yields precise thickness, doping, and thermal-budget control, which enables advanced-design semiconductor devices. In this paper, we use plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition to grow homo-epitaxial layers and study the different growth modes on crystalline silicon substrates. In particular, we determine the conditions leading to epitaxial growth in light of a model that depends only on the silane concentration in the plasma and the mean free path length of surface adatoms. For such growth, we show that the presence of a persistent defective interface layer between the crystalline silicon substrate and the epitaxial layer stems not only from the growth conditions but also from unintentional contamination of the reactor. Based on our findings, we determine the plasma conditions to grow high-quality bulk epitaxial films and propose a two-step growth process to obtain device-grade material.

  6. Electrical properties of bilayer graphene synthesized using surface wave microwave plasma techniques at low temperature

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    Yamada, Takatoshi; Kato, Hiromitsu; Okigawa, Yuki; Ishihara, Masatou; Hasegawa, Masataka

    2017-01-01

    Bilayer graphene was synthesized at low temperature using surface wave microwave plasma techniques where poly(methyl metacrylate) (PMMA) and methane (CH4) were used as carbon sources. Temperature-dependent Hall effect measurements were carried out in a helium atmosphere. Sheet resistance, sheet carrier density and mobility showed weak temperature dependence for graphene from PMMA, and the highest carrier mobility is 740 cm2 V-1 s-1. For graphene from CH4, tunneling of the domain boundary limited carrier transport. The difference in average domain size was determined by Raman signal maps. In addition, residuals of PMMA were detected on graphene from PMMA. The low sheet resistances of graphene synthesized at a temperature of 280 °C using plasma techniques were explained by the PMMA related residuals rather than the domain sizes.

  7. Low-temperature plasma-deposited silicon epitaxial films: Growth and properties

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte; Bartlome, Richard; Seif, Johannes P.; Geissbühler, Jonas; Alexander, Duncan T. L.; Jeangros, Quentin; Ballif, Christophe; De Wolf, Stefaan

    2014-08-05

    Low-temperature (≤ 180 °C) epitaxial growth yields precise thickness, doping, and thermal-budget control, which enables advanced-design semiconductor devices. In this paper, we use plasma-ehanced chemical vapor deposition to grow homo-epitaxial layers and study the different growth modes on crystalline silicon substrates. In particular, we determine the conditions leading to epitaxial growth in light of a model that depends only on the silane concentration in the plasma and the mean free path length of surface adatoms. For such growth, we show that the presence of a persistent defective interface layer between the crystalline silicon substrate and the epitaxial layer stems not only from the growth conditions but also from unintentional contamination of the reactor. As a result of our findings, we determine the plasma conditions to grow high-quality bulk epitaxial films and propose a two-step growth process to obtain device-grade material.

  8. Low Temperature Synthesis and Properties of BiFeO3

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    Feroze, Asad; Idrees, Muhammad; Kim, Deok-kee; Nadeem, Muhammad; Siddiqi, Saadat A.; Shaukat, Saleem F.; Atif, Muhammad; Siddique, Muhammad

    2017-07-01

    Extensive efforts have been made to synthesize single phase and stoichiometric BiFeO3. Some modified techniques have been tried in synthesizing BiFeO3 as compared with the conventionally used co-precipitation method. Thermogravimetric Analysis/Differential Scanning Calorimetry and x-ray diffraction experiments were used exclusively to explore the effects of heat treatment temperature and time on crystallographic behavior of the prepared BiFeO3 powder. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was used to explore the microstructure of the synthesized BiFeO3. The appearance of different magnetic phases in 57Fe Mössbauer spectra and field dependent magnetization was confirmed on the basis of particle size distribution. In this research, an easy, low cost and high-yield method for the low temperature single phase and stoichiometric synthesis of BiFeO3 has been suggested.

  9. Tensile and impact properties of vanadium-base alloys irradiated at low temperatures in the ATR-A1 experiment

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    Tsai, H.; Nowicki, L.J.; Billone, M.C.; Chung, H.M.; Smith, D.L.

    1998-03-01

    Subsize tensile and Charpy specimens made from several V-(4-5)Cr-(4-5)Ti alloys were irradiated in the ATR-A1 experiment to study the effects of low-temperature irradiation on mechanical properties. These specimens were contained in lithium-bonded subcapsules and irradiated at temperatures between {approx}200 and 300 C. Peak neutron damage was {approx}4.7 dpa. Postirradiation testing of these specimens has begun. Preliminary results from a limited number of specimens indicate a significant loss of work-hardening capability and dynamic toughness due to the irradiation. These results are consistent with data from previous low-temperature neutron irradiation experiments on these alloys.

  10. A newly developed snow vehicle (SM100S) for Antarctica. Part 4: Low temperature properties of crawler belt

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    Maekawa, Etsuji; Terayama, Yoshihide

    1992-11-01

    In order to discover a high cold-resistance material for use in the crawler belt of snow vehicles, the physical properties at very low temperatures of a recently developed material, isoprene/butadiene (70/30) random copolymer filled with carbon black, was investigated in comparison with a blended rubber NR (Natural Rubber) / BR (Butadiene Rubber) (65/35) as well as a currently used NR. It has been found that this material can keep rubber elasticity even at low temperatures below - 70 C, though it is somewhat inferior to the other two materials as to strengths such as stress-at-break and tear; and hence, it is considered as quite worthy of a practical test for a snow vehicle in the Antarctic area.

  11. Structure and Thermoelectric Properties of Zinc Oxide Based Materials

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    Liang, Xin

    The present dissertation investigates the relationship between the structure and thermoelectric properties of ZnO based materials, with a focus on trivalent element doping on engineering the microstructure and altering the electrical and thermal transport properties. Within the solubility range, the addition of trivalent elements, such as In3+, Fe 3+ and Ga3+, is observed to increase the electrical conductivity of ZnO and decrease the thermal conductivity. As the solubility is exceeded, the consequent structure and thermoelectric properties varies with dopant species. The ZnO-In2O3 binary system, which we have chosen as one of the model systems, is of particular interests as it contains a variety of phase equilibria and microstructures. The In2O3(ZnO)k superlattice structures, which form as the indium solubility is reached, are observed to strongly scatter phonons while relatively permissive to electrons, resulting in a low thermal conductivity of about 2 W/mK and improved electrical conductivity. The thermal (Kapitza) resistance of In2O3(ZnO)k superlattice interfaces is found to be 5.0 +/- 0.6 x 10-10 m 2K/W by fitting the modified Klemens-Callaway's thermal conductivity model to the experimental data. Across the phase diagram, the materials behave as n-type free-electron semiconductors at high temperatures. An effective medium approximation model is for the first time successfully tested on the thermoelectrics of two-phase regions. Both Fe2O3-ZnO and Ga2O3-ZnO binary systems are also investigated. In the Fe doped ZnO system, a highly Fe concentrated ZnO solid solution phase as well as the significant grain refinement are observed after high temperature annealing. The Ga2O 3(ZnO)9 homologous superlattices in Ga2O 3-ZnO system is also found to strongly scatter phonons and induces a drastic reduction in thermal conductivity. Thermal conductivity, as one of the key factors in thermoelectrics, is highly sensitive to material defects. In this dissertation, I also

  12. High Energy Effects on Thermoelectric and Optical Properties of Si/Si+Sb Nanolayered Thin Films

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    2013-04-01

    REPORT High Energy Effects on Thermoelectric and Optical Properties of Si/Si+Sb Nanolayered Thin Films 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: We...Energy Effects on Thermoelectric and Optical Properties of Si/Si+Sb Nanolayered Thin Films Report Title ABSTRACT We have prepared thermoelectric...the cross plane Seebeck coefficient and increase the cross plane electrical conductivity to increase the figure of merit. Some optical

  13. Synthesis & Properties of Nano-Composite Thermoelectric Materials

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    Tritt, Terry

    2007-03-01

    PbTe nanocrystals have been grown in our labs by chemical vapor deposition. These materials grow in size selective regions exhibiting very high yield and have size distributions of around 100 nm to 1000 nm. These nano-materials are incorporated into a bulk matrix, making a composite material in hopes of achieving a higher thermoelectric performance due to the increased phonon scattering that the nano-materials are expected to exhibit, as well as potential for enhancement of their Seebeck coefficient. Some of the advantages as well as the challenges will be discussed. These nanocomposites give a new level of potential control as a tuning parameter with which to vary the materials' thermoelectric properties. In addition, Bi2Te3, another state of the art thermoelectric material and skutterudites (CoSb3) have been synthesized as nanomaterials using hydrothermal techniques. A brief discussion of the synthesis techniques, the characterization techniques and highlights of several systems of materials will be presented. In collaboration with Xiaohua Ji, Jian He, Bo Zhang, Nick Gothard, and Paola Alboni, Dept. of Physics, Clemson University.

  14. Thermoelectric properties of isoelectronically substituted bismuth compounds: a computational study

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    Liangruksa, Monrudee

    2017-03-01

    This work focuses on using isoelectronic substitution to modify electronic density of states (DOS) of bismuth (Bi) compounds for thermoelectric property modification. The calculations include first-principle density functional theory (DFT) and analytical calculations based on Mott formula. The thermoelectric materials selected in the present study are Bi compounds, i.e. Bi2Te3, Bi2Se3, Bi2Se2Te, Bi2Te2Se, Bi2O2Te, and Bi2O2Se. The results reveal that isoelectronic substitution of Se and Te atoms with O atoms (Bi2O2Te and Bi2O2Se) introduces changes in DOS around the valence band maximum and the conduction band minimum, exhibiting the figure of merit (ZT) approaching the values 0.004 and 0.03 at room temperature, for Bi2O2Se and Bi2O2Te, respectively. Though the ZT of these oxide compounds are inferior to conventional thermoelectric materials, it is known that they show better stability and less toxicity which could be the alternative materials.

  15. Biodiesel production by combined fatty acids separation and subsequently enzymatic esterification to improve the low temperature properties.

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    Wang, Meng; Nie, Kaili; Cao, Hao; Deng, Li; Wang, Fang; Tan, Tianwei

    2014-12-01

    The poor low-temperature properties of biodiesel, which provokes easy crystallization at low temperature, can cause fuel line plugging and limits its blending amount with petro-diesel. This work aimed to study the production of biodiesel with a new process of improving the low temperature performance of biodiesel. Waste cooking oil was first hydrolyzed into fatty acids (FAs) by 60g immobilized lipase and 240g RO water in 15h. Then, urea complexation was used to divide the FAs into saturated and unsaturated components. The conditions for complexation were: FA-to-urea ratio 1:2 (w/w), methanol to FA ratio 5:1 (v/v), duration 2h. The saturated and unsaturated FAs were then converted to iso-propyl and methyl esters by lipase, respectively. Finally, the esters were mixed together. The CFPP of this mixture was decreased from 5°C to -3°C. Hydrolysis, urea complexation and enzymic catalyzed esterification processes are discussed in this paper.

  16. Experimental Investigation on Mechanical Property of Metal Rubber Used in Lunar Rover at High or Low Temperature

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    Tao, J.; Deng, Z.; Gao, H.; Wang, S.; Hu, M.; Meng, X.

    Metal rubber is a kind of elastic damping material for aerospace environment It can keep its capacity even in some extreme environment such as high temperature high pressure high vacuum ultra-low temperature and violent vibration where traditional rubber can t deal with so it can be used in space craft as vibration reduction filter element and sealing element On the prototype of a lunar rover developed by Harbin Institute of Technology metal rubber is firstly used for the vibration dampers in the rover wheels In this paper the experimental investigation on rigidity and damping characteristic of metal rubber is carried out at high temperature and ultra-low temperature that corresponds to lunar environment The quasi-statics property of the samples made of metal rubber is tested at desired temperatures by the universal tensile testing machine model Y-71 The low temperatures down to -175° were realized by liquid nitrogen and the high temperatures up to 130° were realized by flexible electrical heater band Based on the method of least squares some curves to curve fit the experimental data on rigidity of the metal rubber samples at simulated temperatures to lunar environment were given The damping ratios of metal rubber at ordinary temperatures have been mentioned in some documents But there are hardly any reports about them at simulated temperatures to lunar environment Because it is difficult to know directly the exact damping mechanism of the metal rubber the free attenuation method is feasible to test its damping

  17. Change in the magnetic properties of nanoferrihydrite with an increase in the volume of nanoparticles during low-temperature annealing

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    Balaev, D. A.; Krasikov, A. A.; Stolyar, S. V.; Iskhakov, R. S.; Ladygina, V. P.; Yaroslavtsev, R. N.; Bayukov, O. A.; Vorotynov, A. M.; Volochaev, M. N.; Dubrovskiy, A. A.

    2016-09-01

    The results of the investigation into the effect of low-temperature annealing of a powder of nanoparticles of bacterial ferrihydrite on its magnetic properties have been presented. It has been found that an increase in the time (up to 240 h) and temperature (in the range from 150 to 200°C) of annealing leads to a monotonic increase in the superparamagnetic blocking temperature, the coercive force, and the threshold field of the opening of the magnetic hysteresis loop (at liquid-helium temperatures), as well as to an increase in the magnetic resonance line width at low temperatures and in the magnetic susceptibility at room temperature. At the same time, according to the results of the analysis of the Mössbauer spectra, the annealing of ferrihydrite does not lead to the formation of new iron oxide phases. Most of these features are well consistent with the fact that the low-temperature annealing of ferrihydrite causes an increase in the size of nanoparticles, which is confirmed by the results of transmission electron microscopy studies.

  18. Thermal Properties of Two Materials Commonly Used in Low Temperature Laboratories

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    Colin, Angel

    2013-02-01

    We carried out measurements of thermal conductance and thermal contact resistance of two materials commonly used in low temperature laboratories such as an Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) Filter and Stycast 2850 FT epoxy. Both samples were attached on a heat sink made of oxygen-free high thermal conductivity (OFHC) copper and characterized at temperatures between 0.3 K and 4.5 K, using a 3He refrigerator mounted on a pumped 4He cryostat. For the EMI filter we applied a varied input power from 0.25 up to 50 μW to the heater which is soldered to its central pin, whereas for a thin layer of Stycast sandwiched between a copper strap and the heat sink we applied an input power from 10 up to 810 μW. The temperature dependences obtained in each case were K=3 {\\cdot} 10^{-5}T^{2.3} [W/K], and RK=8.4 {\\cdot} 10^{-3}T^{1.7} [W/cm^{2 K}] respectively.

  19. Structural properties of aluminum-nitrogen films prepared at low temperature

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    Ribeiro, C. T. M.; Alvarez, F.; Zanatta, A. R.

    2002-08-01

    Aluminum-nitrogen thin films have been obtained under well-controlled conditions by ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD). The films were deposited on crystalline silicon and sapphire substrates at relative low temperature (approx325 K). Taking advantage of the ion energy control provided by the IBAD technique, the films were prepared with N2+ ions with energies ranging from 100 to 300 eV. After deposition, the films were investigated by in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, ex situ by optical spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Detailed Raman scattering measurements in the 100-2500 cm-1 wave number range were also performed revealing interesting features related to the atomic composition and structure of the films. The Raman data suggest that a misidentification of some vibration modes can lead to incorrect interpretations of the crystalline quality of aluminum-nitrogen films. Finally, the results indicate the suitability of IBAD to produce crystalline AlN films at considerably lower temperatures.

  20. Low-temperature plasma-deposited silicon epitaxial films: Growth and properties

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte; Bartlome, Richard; Seif, Johannes P.; ...

    2014-08-05

    Low-temperature (≤ 180 °C) epitaxial growth yields precise thickness, doping, and thermal-budget control, which enables advanced-design semiconductor devices. In this paper, we use plasma-ehanced chemical vapor deposition to grow homo-epitaxial layers and study the different growth modes on crystalline silicon substrates. In particular, we determine the conditions leading to epitaxial growth in light of a model that depends only on the silane concentration in the plasma and the mean free path length of surface adatoms. For such growth, we show that the presence of a persistent defective interface layer between the crystalline silicon substrate and the epitaxial layer stems notmore » only from the growth conditions but also from unintentional contamination of the reactor. As a result of our findings, we determine the plasma conditions to grow high-quality bulk epitaxial films and propose a two-step growth process to obtain device-grade material.« less

  1. Structural, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of chemically processed, low temperature sintered piezoelectric BZT-BCT ceramics

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    Roy, Subir; Maharana, Rajalaxmi; Rangaswamy Reddy, S.; Singh, Sarabjit; Kumar, Pawan; Karthik, T.; Asthana, Saket; Bhanu Prasad, V. V.; Kamat, S. V.

    2016-03-01

    0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3TiO3) nanopowders were synthesized at very low temperature using a soft chemical approach. The synthesized powders and the consolidated disks were structurally characterized thoroughly by XRD, SEM, TEM and EPMA and also by ultraviolet and Raman spectroscopy. The 1350 °C sintered BZT-BCT disk displayed the highest density, underwent diffused phase transition centered at ˜100 °C and showed the highest dielectric constant (8917) and lowest dielectric loss (0.015). The sintered BZT-BCT sample with the highest density showed a maximum polarization (P max) of 13 μC cm-2 and remnant polarization of 6 μC cm-2. The same sample exhibited very high electrostrain of ˜0.12% under a relatively low electrical field of 3.5 kV mm-1.

  2. Investigation of the production and properties of lattice defects induced by low temperature reactor irradiation

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    Mansel, W.; Mueller, P.; Marangos, J.; Wahl, D.; Wallner, G.; Weck, W.; Riem, R.; Glaeser, W.

    1984-03-01

    Defects in irradiated metals were investigated. In the project defect production rate neutron spectra in the irradiated position of a low temperature irradiation stand are determined using the multiple probe activation method. In the project Mossbauer spectroscopy the trapping of interstitial atoms on 57C-impurity atoms in W and V is observed. It is found that in W interstitial atoms are mobile at 25 K. For Mo57Co a detailed understanding of the reactions between impurity and interstitial atoms is obtained. In the project alkali metals the mobility of interstitial atoms in K, Na and Li at 5K is demonstrated by resistivity measurements; step III lies at 16K. The investigations of the magnetic resistance on irradiated or worked K show that the macroscopic, residual defect systems in the samples are responsible for the anomalous linear evolution of the longitudinal high field magnetic resistance. In the project Fermi surfaces of Bi with lattice defects de Haas-van Alphen effect measurements on irradiated Bi show an increase up to 100% of the Fermi surface cross sections of the electron ellipsoid and a simultaneous decrease of the vacancies Fermi surface cross sections.

  3. Low-temperature collapsing boron nitride nanospheres into nanoflakes and their photoluminescence properties

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    Li, Jie; Luo, Han; Lin, Jing; Xue, Yanming; Liu, Zhenya; Jin, Peng; Xu, Xuewen; Huang, Yang; Liu, Dong; Zhang, Jun; Tang, Chengchun

    2014-09-01

    Flake-like boron nitride (BN) nanocrystals with a uniform diameter of ˜200 nm and thickness of ˜20 nm were fabricated by directly transforming from BN nanospheres with the assistance of NaCl salt at 1300 °C. The transformation from nanospheres to nano-pies and further to nanoflakes was achieved in a simple procedure of Na or Cl ions intercalation/deintercalation procedure at such low temperature. The morphologies of the spherical precursor and resulting nanoflakes were almost identical. X-ray powder diffractions revealed that the BN nanoflakes (BNfs) were well crystallized in the hexagonal structure via graphitizing index calculation. Elemental content analysis, FTIR spectra and TEM images were also used to characterize the products. Strong ultraviolet (UV) emissions were detected by photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopic analysis, in which the emission regions could be facilely tuned by controlling the reaction temperature. Detailed studies indicated that the collapsing temperature of unstable BN nanospheres into nanoflakes was strongly dependent on the introduction of NaCl molten salts or not. We believe the use of the NaCl molten salt medium may enhance the kinetics of the crystallization and also purification. The green fabrication characteristics, such as using NaCl salt as the additive, energy saving (300 °C lower than the commercial process), non-toxicity of byproduct and easy scale-up, make the present novel synthetic route likely to be of interest to commercial-scale production of BN nanoflakes.

  4. Low-temperature acoustic properties of nanostructured zirconium obtained by intensive plastic deformation

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    Vatazhuk, E. N.; Pal-Val, P. P.; Natsik, V. D.; Pal-Val, L. N.; Tikhonovsky, M. A.; Velikodny, A. N.; Khaimovich, P. A.

    2011-02-01

    The temperature dependences of the logarithmic decrement and dynamic Young's modulus of polycrystalline coarse-grained and nanostructured Zr are studied at temperatures of 2.5-340K. A nanostructured state of samples with grain sizes on the order of 100nm was produced by intensive plastic deformation (IPD). The measurements were made using a two-component vibrator technique at frequencies of 73-350kHz. A relaxation peak in the internal friction near 250K was discovered in the coarse-grained, annealed Zr which is retained after IPD, but its height increases by roughly a factor of 10 and the localization temperature shifts to lower values. In addition, after IPD a new internal friction peak shows up at moderately low temperatures near 80K. The activation parameters for the observed peaks are estimated and it is shown that they arise from different thermally activated dislocation processes: interactions of dislocations with impurities and kink pair formation in dislocations. It was found that IPD is accompanied by a significant (1-8%) reduction in the Young's modulus because of quasistatic and dynamic dislocation effects. A glass-like anomaly appears in the temperature dependence of the Young's modulus of nanostructured Zr at T <20K which may be determined by tunnelling and thermally activated relaxation of quasilocal excitations.

  5. The photosynthetic properties of rice leaves treated with low temperature and high irradiance.

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    Hirotsu, Naoki; Makino, Amane; Yokota, Satoshi; Mae, Tadahiko

    2005-08-01

    Photosynthetic characteristics in rice (Oryza sativa L.) leaves were examined after treatment with low temperature (15 degrees C) and high irradiance (1,500 micromol quanta m(-2) s(-1)). Decreases in quantum efficiencies in PSII (PhiPSII) and PSI (PhiPSI) and in the rate of CO2 assimilation were observed with a decrease in the maximal quantum efficiency of PSII (F(v)/F(m)) by simultaneous measurements of Chl fluorescence, P700+ absorbance and gas exchange. The decreases in PhiPSII were most highly correlated with those in CO2 assimilation. Although the initial (the activity immediately measured upon extraction) and total (the activity following pre-incubation with CO2 and Mg2+) activities of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate (RuBP) carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) decreased slightly, the maximal activity (the activity following treatment with SO4(2-)) of Rubisco remained almost constant. These results indicate that the decrease in CO2 assimilation rate with the decreasing F(v)/F(m) was not caused by a decrease in Rubisco activity but rather by a decrease in RuBP regeneration capacity which resulted from the decrease in the rate of the linear electron transport. On the other hand, the decrease in PhiPSI was very small and the ratio of PhiPSI to PhiPSII increased. The de-epoxidation state of xanthophyll cycle pigments also increased. Thus, the cyclic electron transport around PSI occurred in photoinhibited leaves.

  6. The spectral properties of DNA and RNA macromolecules at low temperatures: fundamental and applied aspects

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    Yashchuk, Valeriy M.; Kudrya, Vladislav Yu

    2017-03-01

    This paper summarizes the results of studies of the spectral properties—optical absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence—of DNA and RNA macromolecules and synthetic poly-, oligo- and mono-nucleotides, which have been carried out in our laboratory. The system of first excited singlet and triplet energy levels for DNA and RNA is evaluated using low-temperature (4.2 K-77 K) luminescent measurements. The traps of the singlet and triplet electronic excitations in these compounds are identified. An important self-protection mechanism against photo-damage of DNA and RNA by UV photons or penetrative radiation based on the capture of triplet electronic-energy excitations by the most photostable centers—in DNA, the complex formed by neighboring adenosine (A) and thymidine (T) links; in RNA, the adenosine links—is described. It is confirmed that despite similarities in the chemical and partly energy structures DNA is more stable than RNA. The spectral manifestation of the telomeres (the important functional system) in DNA macromolecules is examined. The results obtained on telomere fragments provide the possibility of finding the configuration peculiarities of the triplet excitations traps in DNA macromolecules. The resulting spreading length of the migrating singlet (l s) and triplet (l t) excitations for DNA and RNA macromolecules are evaluated.

  7. Bio-lubricants derived from waste cooking oil with improved oxidation stability and low-temperature properties.

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    Li, Weimin; Wang, Xiaobo

    2015-01-01

    Waste cooking oil (WCO) was chemically modified via epoxidation using H2O2 followed by transesterification with methanol and branched alcohols (isooctanol, isotridecanol and isooctadecanol) to produce bio-lubricants with improved oxidative stability and low temperature properties. Physicochemical properties of synthesized bio-lubricants such as pour point (PP), cloud point (CP), viscosity, viscosity index (VI), oxidative stability, and corrosion resistant property were determined according to standard methods. The synthesized bio-lubricants showed improved low temperature flow performances compared with WCO, which can be attributing to the introduction of branched chains in their molecular structures. What's more, the oxidation stability of the WCO showed more than 10 folds improvement due to the elimination of -C=C-bonds in the WCO molecule. Tribological performances of these bio-lubricants were also investigated using four-ball friction and wear tester. Experimental results showed that derivatives of WCO exhibited favorable physicochemical properties and tribological performances which making them good candidates in formulating eco-friendly lubricants.

  8. Sperry low-temperature geothermal conversion system. Volume 1: Organic-working-fluid properties

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    Carroll, C.; Hules, K. R.; Langley, R.; Toekes, B.; Wilson, D. P.

    1981-11-01

    Measurements of the physical properties of R-114 refrigerant in the compressed liquid and dense gas regions are reported. Included are: experimental studies of the thermodynamic properties of R-114, enthalpy measurement by throttling experiment, engineering model of the thermodynamic properties of R-114, feasibility study to dissociate R-114 with a four cycle gasoline engine, transport properties of R-114, analytical procedure to determine impurities in R-114, toxicological information on Freons, and a literature search of published properties of R-114, other refrigerants, and other potential working fluids.

  9. Compositional effects on the low-temperature transport properties of non-stoichiometric Bi2Te x Se y -based crystals

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    Ramachandran, B.; Wu, K. K.; Kuo, Y. K.; Guo, L. S.; Wang, L. M.

    2017-01-01

    We grew a series of non-stoichiometric crystals of the ternary alloy Bi2Te x Se y via a direct solidification route. The temperature-dependent electrical and thermal transport properties, such as electrical resistivity (ρ), Seebeck coefficient (S), Hall coefficient (R H), and thermal conductivity (κ), of six selected crystals of Bi2Te x Se y with x  +  y ~ 3 were studied. We found that the physical properties of the Bi2Te x Se y -based crystals varied significantly with the Te/Se (x/y) content. This is essentially due to the modification of the electronic band structure of the crystals with the change in sample composition, which ultimately leads to the formation of a p-type material (Bi2Te2.10Se0.66) from an n-type Bi2Te1.89Se0.98. Most importantly, the feature associated with surface-state conduction at low temperatures was also observed in some of these crystals, including Bi2Te1.89Se0.98, Bi2Te2.16Se0.71, and Bi2Te2.10Se0.66. In particular, two highly resistive compounds, Bi2Te2.16Se0.71 and Bi2Te2.10Se0.66 with low carrier densities were identified as potential materials for topological applications. The observed complex transport behavior was realized in connection with the formation of impurity bands (multiband effects) in the Bi2Te x Se y -based systems. Analysis of the lattice thermal conductivity of the Bi2Te x Se y -based crystals indicates that the sample composition has a major effect on low-temperature heat conduction via phonon-boundary and phonon-point-defect scattering. Finally, the highest room temperature thermoelectric figure of merit, a ZT of about 0.46, was achieved for n-type Bi2Te1.63Se1.23.

  10. Laboratory Assessment of the Changes in Thermal Properties of Polar Diving Suit Material When Exposed to Oils at Low Temperatures

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    1981-02-01

    tests was the development and construction of a mechanism which could automatically raise the suit- material sample out of, and reinsert it into, the...I Report No. c--D.-4-..82 LABORATORY ASSESSMENT OF T1E CHANGES IN - THERMAL PROPERTIES OF POLAR DIVING SUIT MATERIAL WHEN EXPOSED TO OILS AT LOW...POLAR DIVING SUIT , Performing Organiat.in Cede MATERIAL WHEN EXPOSED TO OILS AT LOW TEMPERATURES 1. Per,•oring Orgenization Report No. 7. Autor1 ’s

  11. Unique magnetic and thermoelectric properties of chemically functionalized narrow carbon polymers

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    Zberecki, K.; Wierzbicki, M.; Swirkowicz, R.; Barnaś, J.

    2017-02-01

    We analyze magnetic, transport and thermoelectric properties of narrow carbon polymers, which are chemically functionalized with nitroxide groups. Numerical calculations of the electronic band structure and the corresponding transmission function are based on density functional theory. Transport and thermoelectric parameters are calculated in the linear response regime, with particular interest in charge and spin thermopowers (charge and spin Seebeck effects). Such nanoribbons are shown to have thermoelectric properties described by large thermoelectric efficiency, which makes these materials promising from the application point of view.

  12. Unique magnetic and thermoelectric properties of chemically functionalized narrow carbon polymers.

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    Zberecki, K; Wierzbicki, M; Swirkowicz, R; Barnaś, J

    2017-02-01

    We analyze magnetic, transport and thermoelectric properties of narrow carbon polymers, which are chemically functionalized with nitroxide groups. Numerical calculations of the electronic band structure and the corresponding transmission function are based on density functional theory. Transport and thermoelectric parameters are calculated in the linear response regime, with particular interest in charge and spin thermopowers (charge and spin Seebeck effects). Such nanoribbons are shown to have thermoelectric properties described by large thermoelectric efficiency, which makes these materials promising from the application point of view.

  13. Interpretation of thermoelectric properties of Cu substituted LaCoO{sub 3} ceramics

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    Choudhary, K. K.; Kaurav, N.; Sharma, U.; Ghosh, S. K.

    2014-04-24

    The thermoelectric properties of LaCo{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} is theoretically analyzed, it is observed that thermoelectric figure of merit ZT (=S{sup 2}σT/κ) is maximized by Cu substitution in LaCoO{sub 3} Ceramics at x=0.15. The lattice thermal conductivity and thermoelectric power were estimated by the scattering of phonons with defects, grain boundaries, electrons and phonons to evaluate the thermoelectric properties. We found that Cu substitution increase the phonon scattering with grain boundaries and defects which significantly increase the thermoelectric power and decrease the thermal conductivity. The present numerical analysis will help in designing more efficient thermoelectric materials.

  14. Effect of low temperature baking on the RF properties of niobium superconducting cavities for particle accelerators

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    Gianluigi Ciovati

    2004-03-01

    Radio-frequency superconducting (SRF) cavities are widely used to accelerate a charged particle beam in particle accelerators. The performance of SRF cavities made of bulk niobium has significantly improved over the last ten years and is approaching the theoretical limit for niobium. Nevertheless, RF tests of niobium cavities are still showing some ''anomalous'' losses that require a better understanding in order to reliably obtain better performance. These losses are characterized by a marked dependence of the surface resistance on the surface electromagnetic field and can be detected by measuring the quality factor of the resonator as a function of the peak surface field. A low temperature (100 C-150 C) ''in situ'' bake under ultra-high vacuum has been successfully applied as final preparation of niobium RF cavities by several laboratories over the last few years. The benefits reported consist mainly of an improvement of the cavity quality factor at low field and a recovery from ''anomalous'' losses (so-called ''Q-drop'') without field emission at higher field. A series of experiments with a CEBAF single-cell cavity have been carried out at Jefferson Lab to carefully investigate the effect of baking at progressively higher temperatures for a fixed time on all the relevant material parameters. Measurements of the cavity quality factor in the temperature range 1.37 K-280 K and resonant frequency shift between 6 K-9.3 K provide information about the surface resistance, energy gap, penetration depth and mean free path. The experimental data have been analyzed with the complete BCS theory of superconductivity. The hydrogen content of small niobium samples inserted in the cavity during its surface preparation was analyzed with Nuclear Reaction Analysis (NRA). The single-cell cavity has been tested at three different temperatures before and after baking to gain some insight on thermal conductivity and Kapitza resistance and the data are compared with different models

  15. Rare earth chalcogenide stoichiometry determination. [of thermoelectric properties

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    Lockwood, R. A.

    1983-01-01

    Rare earth chalcogenides, and particularly lanthanum sulfide, are currently explored as candidate materials for thermoelectric applications. Since the electrical properties of LaS(x) are largely determined by its stoichiometry, a simple and accurate method has been developed for determining the value of x. The procedure involves dissolving a weighted sample in acid and measuring the amount of hydrogen evolved by the lanthanum that is in excess of the 1.500 ratio of S/La. The analytical error in the determination of x in LaS(x) is about 0.001.

  16. Low-temperature magnetic properties of pelagic carbonates: Oxidation of biogenic magnetite and identification of magnetosome chains

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    Chang, Liao; Winklhofer, Michael; Roberts, Andrew P.; Heslop, David; Florindo, Fabio; Dekkers, Mark J.; Krijgsman, Wout; Kodama, Kazuto; Yamamoto, Yuhji

    2013-12-01

    marine carbonates provide important records of past environmental change. We carried out detailed low-temperature magnetic measurements on biogenic magnetite-bearing sediments from the Southern Ocean (Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Holes 738B, 738C, 689D, and 690C) and on samples containing whole magnetotactic bacteria cells. We document a range of low-temperature magnetic properties, including reversible humped low-temperature cycling (LTC) curves. Different degrees of magnetite oxidation are considered to be responsible for the observed variable shapes of LTC curves. A dipole spring mechanism in magnetosome chains is introduced to explain reversible LTC curves. This dipole spring mechanism is proposed to result from the uniaxial anisotropy that originates from the chain arrangement of biogenic magnetite, similar to published results for uniaxial stable single domain (SD) particles. The dipole spring mechanism reversibly restores the remanence during warming in LTC measurements. This supports a previous idea that remanence of magnetosome chains is completely reversible during LTC experiments. We suggest that this magnetic fingerprint is a diagnostic indicator for intact magnetosome chains, although the presence of isolated uniaxial stable SD particles and magnetically interacting particles can complicate this test. Magnetic measurements through the Eocene section of ODP Hole 738B reveal an interval with distinct magnetic properties that we interpret to originate from less oxidized biogenic magnetite and enrichment of a biogenic "hard" component. Co-occurrence of these two magnetic fingerprints during the late Eocene in the Southern Ocean indicates less oxic conditions, probably due to increased oceanic primary productivity and organic carbon burial.

  17. Tetrahedra system Cu4OCl6daca4 : High-temperature manifold of molecular configurations governing low-temperature properties

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    Zaharko, O.; Mesot, J.; Salguero, L. A.; Valentí, R.; Zbiri, M.; Johnson, M.; Filinchuk, Y.; Klemke, B.; Kiefer, K.; Mys'Kiv, M.; Strässle, Th.; Mutka, H.

    2008-06-01

    The Cu4OCl6daca4 system composed of isolated Cu2+S=1/2 tetrahedra with antiferromagnetic exchange should exhibit the properties of a frustrated quantum spin system. Ab initio density functional theory calculations for electronic structure and molecular dynamics computations suggest a complex interplay between magnetic exchange, electron delocalization, and molecular vibrations. Yet, extensive experimental characterization of Cu4OCl6daca4 by means of synchrotron x-ray diffraction, magnetization, specific heat, and inelastic neutron scattering reveal that properties of the real material can be only partly explained by proposed theoretical models as the low-temperature properties seem to be governed by a manifold of molecular configurations coexisting at high temperatures.

  18. Thermoelectric properties of doped BaHfO{sub 3}

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    Dixit, Chandra Kr. E-mail: sharmarameshfgiet@gmail.com; Bhamu, K. C.; Sharma, Ramesh E-mail: sharmarameshfgiet@gmail.com

    2016-05-06

    We have studied the structural stability, electronic structure, optical properties and thermoelectric properties of doped BaHfO{sub 3} by full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The electronic structure of BaHfO{sub 3} doped with Sr shows enhances the indirect band gaps of 3.53 eV, 3.58 eV. The charge density plots show strong ionic bonding in Ba-Hf, and ionic and covalent bonding between Hf and O. Calculations of the optical spectra, viz., the dielectric function, refractive index and extinction coefficient are performed for the energy range are calculated and analyzed. Thermoelectric properties of semi conducting are also reported first time. The doped BaHfO{sub 3} is approximately wide band gap semiconductor with the large p-type Seebeck coefficient. The power factor of BaHfO{sub 3} is increased with Sr doping, decreases because of low electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity.

  19. Computational modeling and analysis of thermoelectric properties of nanoporous silicon

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    Li, H.; Yu, Y.; Li, G.

    2014-03-28

    In this paper, thermoelectric properties of nanoporous silicon are modeled and studied by using a computational approach. The computational approach combines a quantum non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) coupled with the Poisson equation for electrical transport analysis, a phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) for phonon thermal transport analysis and the Wiedemann-Franz law for calculating the electronic thermal conductivity. By solving the NEGF/Poisson equations self-consistently using a finite difference method, the electrical conductivity σ and Seebeck coefficient S of the material are numerically computed. The BTE is solved by using a finite volume method to obtain the phonon thermal conductivity k{sub p} and the Wiedemann-Franz law is used to obtain the electronic thermal conductivity k{sub e}. The figure of merit of nanoporous silicon is calculated by ZT=S{sup 2}σT/(k{sub p}+k{sub e}). The effects of doping density, porosity, temperature, and nanopore size on thermoelectric properties of nanoporous silicon are investigated. It is confirmed that nanoporous silicon has significantly higher thermoelectric energy conversion efficiency than its nonporous counterpart. Specifically, this study shows that, with a n-type doping density of 10{sup 20} cm{sup –3}, a porosity of 36% and nanopore size of 3 nm × 3 nm, the figure of merit ZT can reach 0.32 at 600 K. The results also show that the degradation of electrical conductivity of nanoporous Si due to the inclusion of nanopores is compensated by the large reduction in the phonon thermal conductivity and increase of absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient, resulting in a significantly improved ZT.

  20. Structure and properties of nitrided surface layer produced on NiTi shape memory alloy by low temperature plasma nitriding

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    Czarnowska, Elżbieta; Borowski, Tomasz; Sowińska, Agnieszka; Lelątko, Józef; Oleksiak, Justyna; Kamiński, Janusz; Tarnowski, Michał; Wierzchoń, Tadeusz

    2015-04-01

    NiTi shape memory alloys are used for bone and cardiological implants. However, on account of the metallosis effect, i.e. the release of the alloy elements into surrounding tissues, they are subjected to various surface treatment processes in order to improve their corrosion resistance and biocompatibility without influencing the required shape memory properties. In this paper, the microstructure, topography and morphology of TiN surface layer on NiTi alloy, and corrosion resistance, both before and after nitriding in low-temperature plasma at 290 °C, are presented. Examinations with the use of the potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy methods were carried out and show an increase of corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution after glow-discharge nitriding. This surface titanium nitride layer also improved the adhesion of platelets and the proliferation of osteoblasts, which was investigated in in vitro experiments with human cells. Experimental data revealed that nitriding NiTi shape memory alloy under low-temperature plasma improves its properties for bone implant applications.

  1. [Study on the Properties of the Pc-Si Films Prepared by Magnetron Co-Sputtering at Low Temperature].

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    Duan, Liang-fei; Yang, Wen; Zhang, Li-yuan; Li, Xue-ming; Chen, Xiao-bo; Yang, Pei-zhi

    2016-03-01

    The polycrystalline silicon thin films play an important role in the field of electronics. In the paper, α-SiAl composite membranes on glass substrates was prepared by magnetron co-sputtering. The contents of Al radicals encapsulated-in the α-Si film can be adjusted by changing the Al to Si sputtering power ratios. The as-prepared α-Si films were converted into polycrystalline films by using a rapid thermal annealing (RTP) at low temperature of 350 degrees C for 10 minutes in N2 atmosphere. An X-ray diffractometer, and Raman scattering and UV-Visible-NIR Spectrometers were used to characterize the properties of the Pc-Si films. The influences of Al content on the properties of the Pc-Si films were studied. The results showed that the polycrystalline silicon films were obtained from α-SiAl composite films which were prepared by magnetron co-sputtering at a low temperature following by a rapid thermal annealing. The grain size and the degree of crystallization of the Pc-Si films increased with the increase of Al content, while the optical band gap was reduced. The nc-Si films were prepared when the Al to Si sputtering power ratio was 0.1. And a higher Crystallization rate (≥ 85%) of polycrystalline silicon films were obtained when the ratio was 0.3. The band gaps of the polycrystalline silicon films can be controlled by changing the aluminum content in the films.

  2. Optical and low temperature magnetic properties study on sol-gel derived misfit calcium cobaltite

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    Mishra, Avinna; Mahana, Sudipta; Topwal, Dinesh; Manju, U.; Bhattacharjee, Sarama

    2017-05-01

    Phase pure Calcium cobaltite is prepared by sol-gel method using citric acid as complexing agent. Optical properties are characterized by FTIR and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Magnetic measurement at 5-390 shows presence of ferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition around 20 K.

  3. The Other Iron Minerals: Magnetic Properties at Room and Low Temperature

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    Hirt, A. M.

    2003-12-01

    The magnetic properties of iron oxides and iron sulfides that are carriers of paleomagnetic fields have been well studied. Less is known about the magnetic properties of iron phases that are not common carriers of remanent magnetization, or those that are paramagnetic at room temperature. They include iron (oxy-)hydroxides, iron carbonates, iron phosphates and iron sulfates. Many of these phases are not easily identifiable with traditional X ray diffraction or spectroscopic methods, due to their poor crystallinity or low concentration in soils and sediments. Since they are important indicators of the environmental conditions under which they form and are preserved, alternative methods for their identification are of interest. AC and DC magnetometry are very sensitive in detecting low concentrations of magnetic phases. A short overview will be given on the magnetic properties of less-considered iron phases, including the iron (oxy-)hydroxides goethite, lepidocrocite and ferrihydrite; siderite, an iron carbonate; the iron phosphate vivianite; and iron sulfate, schwertmannite. Factors that influence the magnetic properties, such as cation substitution, grain size and particle interaction will be discussed, as well as the environmental conditions under which they form and are preserved.

  4. Mechanical properties of thin silicon films deposited at low temperatures by PECVD

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    Gaspar, J.; Paul, O.; Chu, V.; Conde, J. P.

    2010-03-01

    This paper presents elastic and fracture properties of hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon thin films and correlates them with optoelectronic and structural properties of the films. Properties are extracted from the load-deflection response of membranes and include the plane-strain modulus, residual stress and failure stress. Bilayer diaphragms made of hydrogenated amorphous and nanocrystalline silicon films obtained by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition onto a reference silicon nitride layer are fabricated and characterized. A comprehensive study of the mechanical properties of these silicon thin films is presented as a function of the substrate temperature and hydrogen dilution used during deposition. The extracted plane-strain modulus, 118.5 ± 3.0 GPa, is insensitive to deposition conditions, in strong contrast to the residual stress, with values between -738 and 188 MPa. The tensile and compressive stress components in the silicon films, evaluated at membrane failure, increase from 0.11 to 0.96 GPa and from -3.40 to -2.25 GPa, respectively, with increasing residual stress.

  5. Impact of fatty ester composition on low temperature properties of biodiesel-petroleum diesel blends

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    Several biodiesel fuels along with neat fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) commonly encountered in biodiesel were blended with ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel at low blend levels permitted by ASTM D975 (B1-B5) and cold flow properties such as cloud point (CP), cold filter plugging point (CFPP), an...

  6. Development of Thermoelectric Power Generation and Peltier Cooling Properties of Materials for Thermoelectric Cryocooling Devices

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    2015-05-12

    The MMR Technology Seebeck and Van der Pauw - Hall Effect measurement system and the Filmetrics UV-Region high sensitivity thin-film thickness...of Multilayered Thin Films After obtaining the Seebeck measurements, the students performed van der Pauw four-probe resistivity, Hall Effect ...nanofabrication to develop nanostructured thermoelectric (TE) materials for application in high-efficiency thermoelectric power generators and solid

  7. Improved electrical properties of atomic layer deposited tin disulfide at low temperatures using ZrO2 layer

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    Lee, Juhyun; Lee, Jeongsu; Ham, Giyul; Shin, Seokyoon; Park, Joohyun; Choi, Hyeongsu; Lee, Seungjin; Kim, Juyoung; Sul, Onejae; Lee, Seungbeck; Jeon, Hyeongtag

    2017-02-01

    We report the effect of zirconium oxide (ZrO2) layers on the electrical characteristics of multilayered tin disulfide (SnS2) formed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) at low temperatures. SnS2 is a two-dimensional (2D) layered material which exhibits a promising electrical characteristics as a channel material for field-effect transistors (FETs) because of its high mobility, good on/off ratio and low temperature processability. In order to apply these 2D materials to large-scale and flexible electronics, it is essential to develop processes that are compatible with current electronic device manufacturing technology which should be conducted at low temperatures. Here, we deposited a crystalline SnS2 at 150 °C using ALD, and we then annealed at 300 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy measurements before and after the annealing showed that SnS2 had a hexagonal (001) peak at 14.9° and A1g mode at 313 cm-1. The annealed SnS2 exhibited clearly a layered structure confirmed by the high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) images. Back-gate FETs with SnS2 channel sandwiched by top and bottom ZrO2 on p++Si/SiO2 substrate were suggested to improve electrical characteristics. We used a bottom ZrO2 layer to increase adhesion between the channel and the substrate and a top ZrO2 layer to improve contact property, passivate surface, and protect from process-induced damages to the channel. ZTZ (ZrO2/SnS2/ZrO2) FETs showed improved electrical characteristics with an on/off ratio of from 0.39×103 to 6.39×103 and a mobility of from 0.0076 cm2/Vs to 0.06 cm2/Vs.

  8. Thermoelectric properties of p-type PbTe/Ag{sub 2}Te bulk composites by extrinsic phase mixing

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    Lee, Min Ho; Rhyee, Jong-Soo

    2015-12-15

    We investigated the thermoelectric properties of PbTe/Ag{sub 2}Te bulk composites, synthesized by hand milling, mixing, and hot press sintering. From x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy measurements, we observed Ag{sub 2}Te phase separation in the PbTe matrix without Ag atom diffusion. In comparison with previously reported pseudo-binary (PbTe){sub 1−x}(Ag{sub 2}Te){sub x} composites, synthesized by high temperature phase separation, the PbTe/Ag{sub 2}Te bulk composites fabricated with a low temperature phase mixing process give rise to p-type conduction of carriers with significantly decreased electrical conductivity. This indicates that Ag atom diffusion in the PbTe matrix changes the sign of the Seebeck coefficient to n-type and also increases the carrier concentration. Effective p-type doping with low temperature phase separation by mixing and hot press sintering can enhance the thermoelectric performance of PbTe/Ag{sub 2}Te bulk composites, which can be used as a p-type counterpart of n-type (PbTe){sub 1−x}(Ag{sub 2}Te){sub x} bulk composites.

  9. DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES OF POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, POLY(METHYL METHACRYLATE), POLYVINYL BUTYRAL RESIN AND POLYIMIDE AT LOW TEMPERATURES

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    Tuncer, Enis; Sauers, Isidor; James, David Randy; Ellis, Alvin R

    2008-01-01

    Performance of materials and their compatibility determine the size of the electrical insulation in power equipment. For this reason dielectric properties of electrical insulation materials are needed for low temperature power applications. In this work we report the dielectric properties of four polymers: polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), polyvinyl butyral resin (PVB), and polyimide (PI--Kapton\\textregistered). The dielectric measurements are performed with an electrical impedance analyzer in the frequency domain. The impedances are recorded in a cryocooler in the temperature range from 45K to 350K. The dielectric breakdown characteristics of the polymers are measured in a liquid nitrogen bath at atmospheric pressure. It is observed that PI and \\pmma\\ dissolved in toluene have the lowest dielectric losses for temperatures lower than $100\\ \\kelvin$. \\Blx\\ and PI have the smallest spread in their breakdown strength data.

  10. Effect of Electropolishing and Low-Temperature Baking on the Superconducting Properties of Large-Grain Niobium

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    A. S. Dhavale, G. Ciovati, G. R. Myneni

    2011-03-01

    Measurements of superconducting properties such as bulk and surface critical fields and thermal conductivity have been carried out in the temperature range from 2 K to 8 K on large-grain samples of different purity and on a high-purity fine-grain sample, for comparison. The samples were treated by electropolishing and low temperature baking (120° C, 48 h). While the residual resistivity ratio changed by a factor of ~3 among the samples, no significant variation was found in their superconducting properties. The onset field for flux penetration at 2 K, Hffp, measured within a ~30 µm depth from the surface, was ~160 mT, close to the bulk value. The baking effect was mainly to increase the field range up to which a coherent superconducting phase persists on the surface, above the upper critical field.

  11. Mechanical properties of cold-rolled AISI 304LN steel at low temperatures

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    Ilola, R.J.; Haenninen, H.E.; Heinaekari, M.J.

    1996-12-01

    Mechanical properties of 0--70% cold-rolled AISI 304LN steel (0, 16 wt.% N) were investigated by means of tensile and Charpy V-notch impact tests between room temperature and {minus}196 C. Fracture surfaces of the tested specimens were investigated using SEM (scanning electron microscope). Austenite stability against {alpha}{prime}-martensite formation during cooling and during deformation in cold-rolling and mechanical testing was determined using magnetic measurements.

  12. Low temperature physical properties of Co-35Ni-20Cr-10Mo alloy MP35N®

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    Lu, J.; Toplosky, V. J.; Goddard, R. E.; Han, K.

    2017-09-01

    Multiphase Co-35Ni-20Cr-10Mo alloy MP35N® is a high strength alloy with excellent corrosion resistance. Its applications span chemical, medical, and food processing industries. Thanks to its high modulus and high strength, it found applications in reinforcement of ultra-high field pulsed magnets. Recently, it has also been considered for reinforcement in superconducting wires used in ultra-high field superconducting magnets. For these applications, accurate measurement of its physical properties at cryogenic temperatures is very important. In this paper, physical properties including electrical resistivity, specific heat, thermal conductivity, and magnetization of as-received and aged samples are measured from 2 to 300 K. The electrical resistivity of the aged sample is slightly higher than the as-received sample, both showing a weak linear temperature dependence in the entire range of 2-300 K. The measured specific heat Cp of 430 J/kg-K at 295 K agrees with a theoretical prediction, but is significantly smaller than the values in the literature. The thermal conductivity between 2 and 300 K is in good agreement with the literature which is only available above 77 K. Magnetic property of MP35N® changes significantly with aging. The as-received sample exhibits Curie paramagnetism with a Curie constant C = 0.175 K. While the aged sample contains small amounts of a ferromagnetic phase even at room temperature. The measured MP35N® properties will be useful for the engineering design of pulsed magnets and superconducting magnets using MP35N® as reinforcement.

  13. Characterization of low-temperature properties of plant-produced rap mixtures in the Northeast

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    Medeiros, Marcelo S., Junior

    The dissertation outlined herein results from a Federal Highway Administration sponsored project intended to investigate the impacts of high percentages of RAP material in the performance of pavements under cold climate conditions. It is comprised of two main sections that were incorporated into the body of this dissertation as Part I and Part II. In Part I a reduced testing framework for analysis of HMA mixes was proposed to replace the IDT creep compliance and strength testing by dynamic modulus and fatigue tests performed on an AMPT device. A continuum damage model that incorporates the nonlinear constitutive behavior of the HMA mixtures was also successfully implemented and validated. Mixtures with varying percentages of reclaimed material (RAP) ranging from 0 to 40% were used in this research effort in order to verify the applicability of the proposed methodology to RAP mixtures. Part II is concerned with evaluating the effects of various binder grades on the properties of plant-produced mixtures with various percentages of RAP. The effects of RAP on mechanical and rheological properties of mixtures and extracted binders were studied in order to identify some of the deficiencies in the current production methodologies. The results of this dissertation will help practitioners to identify optimal RAP usage from a material property perspective. It also establishes some guidelines and best practices for the use of higher RAP percentages in HMA.

  14. Micro-Brillouin scattering study of low temperature elastic properties of protein crystals

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    Ike, Yuji; Hashimoto, Eiji; Aoki, Yuichiro; Kanazawa, Hitoshi; Kojima, Seiji

    2009-04-01

    Recently the crystal structures of small protein crystals have been well studied, whereas elastic properties of these crystals are not yet fully understood. The elastic properties of a tetragonal hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) crystal is studied over a wide temperature range by using micro-Brillouin scattering (MBS), which is a powerful tool to measure the elastic properties of a very small crystal. A HEWL crystal is immersed in the cryoprotective liquid of glycerol which undergoes a glass transition around 185 K without any crystallization. The sound velocity of hypersonic acoustic phonons shows continuous increase with decreasing temperature and no abrupt jump due to crystallization. Typical relaxation behavior is observed in the gigahertz frequency range, and the relaxation time obeys the Arrhenius law. Its relaxation parameters are much different from those of bulk glycerol. The relaxation times of a HEWL crystal immersed in glycerol suggests that the observed dynamical process is probably related to the local motion of protein and solvent molecules near the surface of protein molecule.

  15. Low temperature dielectric and magnetic properties of Fe-ion-doped SrTiO3

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    Fujishita, Hideshi; Arai, Yuya; Okamoto, Hiroyuki; Yamaguchi, Toshihisa

    2017-09-01

    Dielectric and magnetic properties of SrTi1-xFexO3 were measured for a single crystal sample (x=0.0032) and a ceramic sample (x=0.02). Temperature dependences of the dielectric constants were analyzed on the basis of a Vendik's formula, which describes a quantum paraelectric state accurately. A small amount of Fe impurities in the single crystal does not affect the characteristic temperatures of the dielectric properties, but does affect the quality of the crystal. This change in quality causes a large change in the dielectric constant of the quantum paraelectric state. The temperature dependence of the dielectric constant of the quantum paraelectric state of the ceramic sample is different from that of the single crystal not only quantitatively, but also qualitatively. The magnetic susceptibilities obey the typical Curie law, though a deviation of the Curie law was observed below 5 K for x=0.02. Crystals with the both concentrations remain in paramagnetic states at 2.5 K. The magnetic properties of SrTi1-xFexO3 can, in all likelihood, be explained by the orientation effect of free Fe3+ ions. In addition, an antiferroelectric interaction suggested for EuTiO3 by an analysis of dielectric constants based on a Barrett's formula was turned out to be unnecessary following analysis of the same data based on the Vendik's formula.

  16. The Study of the Thermoelectric Properties of Phase Change Materials

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    Yin, Ming; Abdi, Mohammed; Noimande, Zibusisu; Mbamalu, Godwin; Alameeri, Dheyaa; Datta, Timir

    We study thermoelectric property that is electrical phenomena occurring in conjunction with the flow of heat of phase-change materials (PCM) in particular GeSbTe (GST225). From given sets of material parameters, COMSOL Multiphysics heat-transfer module is used to compute maps of temperature and voltage distribution in the PCM samples. These results are used to design an apparatus including the variable temperature sample holder set up. An Arbitrary/ Function generator and a circuit setup is also designed to control the alternation of heaters embedded on the sample holder in order to ensure sequential back and forward flow of heat current from both sides of the sample. Accurate values of potential differences and temperature distribution profiles are obtained in order to compute the Seebeck coefficient of the sample. The results of elemental analysis and imaging studies such as XRD, UV-VIS, EDEX and SEM of the sample are obtained. Factors affecting the thermoelectric properties of phase change memory are also discussed. NNSA/ DOD Consortium for Materials and Energy Studies.

  17. Improvement of thermoelectric properties of alkaline-earth hexaborides

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    Takeda, Masatoshi . E-mail: takeda@mech.nagaokaut.ac.jp; Terui, Manabu; Takahashi, Norihito; Ueda, Noriyoshi

    2006-09-15

    Thermoelectric (TE) and transport properties of alkaline-earth hexaborides were examined to investigate the possibility of improvement in their TE performance. As carrier concentration increased, electrical conductivity increased and the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient decreased monotonically, while carrier mobility was almost unchanged. These results suggest that the electrical properties of the hexaboride depend largely on carrier concentration. Thermal conductivity of the hexaboride was higher than 10 W/m K even at 1073 K, which is relatively high among TE materials. Alloys of CaB{sub 6} and SrB{sub 6} were prepared in order to reduce lattice thermal conductivity. Whereas the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity of the alloys were intermediate between those of CaB{sub 6} and SrB{sub 6} single phases, the thermal conductivities of the alloys were lower than those of both single phases. The highest TE performance was obtained in the vicinity of Ca{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}B{sub 6}, indicating that alloying is effective in improving the performance. - Graphical abstract: Thermoelectric figure-of-merit, ZT, for (Ca,Sr)B{sub 6} alloys. The highest ZT value of 0.35 at 1073 K was obtained due to effective reduction of thermal conductivity by alloying.

  18. Significant enhancement of thermoelectric properties and metallization of Al-doped Mg{sub 2}Si under pressure

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    Morozova, Natalia V.; Korobeinikov, Igor V.; Karkin, Alexander E.; Shchennikov, Vladimir V.; Ovsyannikov, Sergey V. E-mail: sergey2503@gmail.com; Takarabe, Ken-ichi; Mori, Yoshihisa; Nakamura, Shigeyuki

    2014-06-07

    We report results of investigations of electronic transport properties and lattice dynamics of Al-doped magnesium silicide (Mg{sub 2}Si) thermoelectrics at ambient and high pressures to and beyond 15 GPa. High-quality samples of Mg{sub 2}Si doped with 1 at. % of Al were prepared by spark plasma sintering technique. The samples were extensively examined at ambient pressure conditions by X-ray diffraction studies, Raman spectroscopy, electrical resistivity, magnetoresistance, Hall effect, thermoelectric power (Seebeck effect), and thermal conductivity. A Kondo-like feature in the electrical resistivity curves at low temperatures indicates a possible magnetism in the samples. The absolute values of the thermopower and electrical resistivity, and Raman spectra intensity of Mg{sub 2}Si:Al dramatically diminished upon room-temperature compression. The calculated thermoelectric power factor of Mg{sub 2}Si:Al raised with pressure to 2–3 GPa peaking in the maximum the values as high as about 8 × 10{sup −3} W/(K{sup 2}m) and then gradually decreased with further compression. Raman spectroscopy studies indicated the crossovers near ∼5–7 and ∼11–12 GPa that are likely related to phase transitions. The data gathered suggest that Mg{sub 2}Si:Al is metallized under moderate pressures between ∼5 and 12 GPa.

  19. Elastic Properties of Films of Water and Noble Gases Condensed at Low Temperatures

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    Pohl, Robert O.

    2003-01-01

    We have shown that there are extensive similarities between the quench-condensed noble gas films and those of amorphous water ice. In particular, both can be quite soft upon deposition and can stiffen considerably when annealed. Furthermore, this stiffening follows a logarithmic time dependence for all substances. The temperature dependence of these behaviors scales with the triple point. The results shown here show a strong thickness dependence, which has implications for any study of mechanical properties of films on substrates. The temperature dependence of the stiffening and the stiffening rate have now been characterized for the noble gases, and these observations provide a roadmap for new experiments on amorphous water ice.

  20. Elastic Properties of Films of Water and Noble Gases Condensed at Low Temperatures

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    Pohl, Robert O.

    2003-01-01

    We have shown that there are extensive similarities between the quench-condensed noble gas films and those of amorphous water ice. In particular, both can be quite soft upon deposition and can stiffen considerably when annealed. Furthermore, this stiffening follows a logarithmic time dependence for all substances. The temperature dependence of these behaviors scales with the triple point. The results shown here show a strong thickness dependence, which has implications for any study of mechanical properties of films on substrates. The temperature dependence of the stiffening and the stiffening rate have now been characterized for the noble gases, and these observations provide a roadmap for new experiments on amorphous water ice.

  1. Estimating Energy Conversion Efficiency of Thermoelectric Materials: Constant Property Versus Average Property Models

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    Armstrong, Hannah; Boese, Matthew; Carmichael, Cody; Dimich, Hannah; Seay, Dylan; Sheppard, Nathan; Beekman, Matt

    2017-01-01

    Maximum thermoelectric energy conversion efficiencies are calculated using the conventional "constant property" model and the recently proposed "cumulative/average property" model (Kim et al. in Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112:8205, 2015) for 18 high-performance thermoelectric materials. We find that the constant property model generally predicts higher energy conversion efficiency for nearly all materials and temperature differences studied. Although significant deviations are observed in some cases, on average the constant property model predicts an efficiency that is a factor of 1.16 larger than that predicted by the average property model, with even lower deviations for temperature differences typical of energy harvesting applications. Based on our analysis, we conclude that the conventional dimensionless figure of merit ZT obtained from the constant property model, while not applicable for some materials with strongly temperature-dependent thermoelectric properties, remains a simple yet useful metric for initial evaluation and/or comparison of thermoelectric materials, provided the ZT at the average temperature of projected operation, not the peak ZT, is used.

  2. Effects of Low Temperature Anneal on the Interface Properties of Thermal Silicon Oxide for Silicon Surface Passivation.

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    Balaji, Nagarajan; Park, Cheolmin; Chung, Sungyoun; Ju, Minkyu; Raja, Jayapal; Yi, Junsin

    2016-05-01

    High quality surface passivation has gained a significant importance in photovoltaic industry for reducing the surface recombination and hence fabricating low cost and high efficiency solar cells using thinner wafers. The formation of good-quality SiO2 films and SiO2/Si interfaces at low processing temperatures is a prerequisite for improving the conversion efficiency of industrial solar cells with better passivation. High-temperature annealing in inert ambient is promising to improve the SiO2/Si interface. However, annealing treatments could cause negative effects on SiO2/Si interfaces due to its chemical at high temperatures. Low temperature post oxidation annealing has been carried out to investigate the structural and interface properties of Si-SiO2 system. Quasi Steady State Photo Conductance measurements shows a promising effective carrier lifetime of 420 μs, surface recombination velocity of 22 cm/s and a low interface trap density (D(it)) of 4 x 10(11) states/cm2/eV after annealing. The fixed oxide charge density was reduced to 1 x 10(11)/cm2 due to the annealing at 500 degrees C. The FWHM and the Si-O peak wavenumber corresponding to the samples annealed at 500 degrees C reveals that the Si dangling bonds in the SiO2 films due to the oxygen defects was reduced by the low temperature post oxidation annealing.

  3. Microstructure and Properties of Cu Coating Fabricated onto Diamond-Cu Substrate by Low-Temperature HVOF Process

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    Liu, Min; Yang, Kun; Deng, Chun-ming; Deng, Chang-guang; Zhou, Ke-song

    2016-12-01

    Diamond-Cu composites have been considered to be the next generation of electronic packing materials. One of the key stumbles for such an application is the joining problem between diamond-Cu composites and other materials due to the poor wettability of the diamond particles in the composites. In order to overcome this hurdle, pure Cu powder was thermally sprayed onto diamond-Cu substrate by low-temperature high-velocity oxygen fuel spraying process. Microstructure and some fundamental properties of the coating obtained were systematically investigated, and morphologies of the single splat deposited on the diamond-Cu substrate were also observed. The splats obtained have good adhesion with the substrate as fine particles flattened sufficiently, while the coarse particles were significantly deformed. The coating was quite dense with porosity lower than 1%, oxygen content under 0.5% and thermal conductivity about 266 Wm-1 K-1 and still remained on the diamond-Cu substrate after 50 thermal shock cycles between 300 °C and water bath at room temperature. Meanwhile, the solderability of the coating was significantly improved. Therefore, Cu coating deposited on diamond-Cu substrate by low-temperature high-velocity oxygen fuel spraying process can be beneficial in electronic industry assisting with soldering and improved wettability for joining of other materials.

  4. Effects of Y and Lu substitutions on the low temperature structural properties of Tb2Fe2Si2C

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    Susilo, R. A.; Triyono, D.

    2017-07-01

    The effects of Y and Lu substitutions on the structural properties of Tb2Fe2Si2C have been investigated by low temperature X-ray diffraction measurements. We find that the magnetoelastic transition observed in the undoped sample is shifted towards low temperature and the strength of the spontaneous magnetostriction is weakened with the increasing Y content. Substitution of Tb with 50 % of Y in Tb1.0Y1.0Fe2Si2C is almost sufficient to fully suppress the spontaneous magnetostriction observed in the undoped sample. Although substituting Tb with 5 % of Lu has the same compression effects to that of Tb with 25 % of Y, we observed no pronounced changes to the anomalies in the lattices parameters of Tb1.9Lu0.1Fe2Si2C (5 % Lu) which suggests that the suppression of the anomalies in Tb1.5Y0.5Fe2Si2C (25 % Y) is most likely due to the weakening of the long range magnetic correlations between Tb3+ ions upon dilution by a relatively high content of non-magnetic Y and is not the results of a chemical stress on the unit cell of the parent Tb2Fe2Si2C.

  5. Molecular dynamics simulation of thermodynamic and transport properties of H-bonded low-temperature substances

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    Tychengulova, A.; Aldiyarov, A.; Drobyshev, A.

    2015-06-01

    The results of modeling of isotopic water mixture clusters in nitrogen and argon cryomatrices are presented. Earlier, our experimental studies of water mixture in cryomatrix have shown that changes in the concentration of analyte in matrix leads to a splitting of the absorption bands characteristic frequencies of the molecules in the IR spectrum. Moreover the multiplicity of characteristic absorption bands in the IR spectrum remained unchanged during heating of the samples from the condensation temperature to the sublimation temperature of the matrix element. In order to find out what structure of clusters is responsible for the immutability of the absorption bands in the vibrational spectrum during thermal cycling of the samples, computer research of water molecules enclosed in nitrogen and argon cryomatrices by the molecular dynamics simulation was conducted. For this purpose, theoretical studies were carried out using computer software packages, that implement used by us semi empirical and ab initio molecular dynamics methods. As a result of the research, the data must be obtained are of theoretical interest for summarizing the physical and chemical properties of systems, consisting of water molecules, and their combination with inert gases for studying the properties of molecular crystals composed of small molecules.

  6. Microstructural and Mössbauer properties of low temperature synthesized Ni-Cd-Al ferrite nanoparticles

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    2011-01-01

    We report the influence of Al3+ doping on the microstructural and Mössbauer properties of ferrite nanoparticles of basic composition Ni0.2Cd0.3Fe2.5 - xAlxO4 (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) prepared through simple sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR), and Mössbauer spectroscopy techniques were used to investigate the structural, chemical, and Mössbauer properties of the grown nanoparticles. XRD results confirm that all the samples are single-phase cubic spinel in structure excluding the presence of any secondary phase corresponding to any structure. SEM micrographs show the synthesized nanoparticles are agglomerated but spherical in shape. The average crystallite size of the grown nanoparticles was calculated through Scherrer formula and confirmed by TEM and was found between 2 and 8 nm (± 1). FTIR results show the presence of two vibrational bands corresponding to tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Mössbauer spectroscopy shows that all the samples exhibit superparamagnetism, and the quadrupole interaction increases with the substitution of Al3+ ions. PMID:21851597

  7. Low temperature mechanical properties, fractographic and metallographic evaluation of several alloy steels

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    Montano, J. W.

    1973-01-01

    The mechanical properties are presented of alloy steels, 4130, 4140, 4340, 6150, and 8740. Test specimens were manufactured from approximately 1.00 inch (2.54 cm) diameter bar stock which had been heat treated to two different hardness levels. The following mechanical tests were performed at temperatures of 80 F (+26.7 C), 0 F (-17.8 C), -100 F (-73 C), and -200 F (-129 C): (1) tensile test (Ultimate, yield, modulus, elongation, and reduction of area), (2) notched tensile test, (3) charpy V-notched impact test (impact energy), and (4) double shear strength test (ultimate and yield). The test data indicate excellent tensile strength, notched/unnotched tensile ratios, ductility, impact, and shear properties at all test temperatures, except at -200 F (-129 C) where the impact strength of the higher strength group of alloy steels, 4130 (Rc-37) and 4140 (Rc-44) decreased to approximately 9 ft. lbs. (12 joules) and 6 ft. lbs. (8 joules), respectively. Chemical, metallographic, and fractographic analyses were also performed to evaluate microstructure, microhardness and the effect of decrease in temperature on the ductile to brittle failure transition.

  8. Low-temperature physical properties of U 3Pd 20Si 6

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    Tateiwa, N.; Kimura, N.; Sakon, T.; Motokawa, M.; Aoki, H.; Komatsubara, T.

    2000-06-01

    We report on the magnetic properties of single crystals of U 3Pd 20Si 6 which crystallizes in the cubic C 6Cr 23-type structure with U being located on two different crystallographic sites. The electrical resistivity shows a metallic behavior at higher temperatures and two successive magnetic phase transitions are found in the specific heat and the magnetic susceptibility at 19 and 2 K. The temperature dependence of susceptibility obeys the Curie-Weiss law above about 50 K with an effective moment 3.30 μ B/U. Magnetic entropy reaches Rln3 per uranium ion at 19 K. These results suggests that U 3Pd 20Si 6 is a typical localized 5f electron system and a rare metallic uranium compound.

  9. Low temperature electrical transport properties in p-SnSe single crystals

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    Sumesh, C. K.; Patel, M.; Patel, K. D.; Solanki, G. K.; Pathak, V. M.; Srivastav, R.

    2011-01-01

    The electronic transport properties of p-type tin selenide (SnSe) grown by direct vapor transport (DVT) technique were investigated via Hall effect in the temperature range 40 < T < 300 K. The temperature dependence of conductivity revealed the existence of impurity energy level in the band gap of the crystal. The temperature dependence of the carrier concentration was analyzed using the single-donor - single-acceptor model. The Hall mobility increases by decreasing temperature up to 120 K and then decreases along with temperature. The observed temperature dependant mobility in the temperature range 120 < T < 300 K and 40 < T < 120 K was found to be limited by homopolar and ionized impurity mode scatterings respectively.

  10. Low temperature synthesis, photoluminescence, magnetic properties of the transition metal doped wurtzite ZnS nanowires

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    Cao, Jian; Han, Donglai; Wang, Bingji; Fan, Lin; Fu, Hao; Wei, Maobin; Feng, Bo; Liu, Xiaoyan; Yang, Jinghai

    2013-04-01

    In this paper, we synthesized the transition metal ions (Mn, Cu, Fe) doped and co-doped ZnS nanowires (NWs) by a one-step hydrothermal method. The results showed that the solid solubility of the Fe2+ ions in the ZnS NWs was about two times larger than that of the Mn2+ or Cu2+ ions in the ZnS NWs. There was no phase transformation from hexagonal to cubic even in a large quantity transition metal ions introduced for all the samples. The Mn2+/Cu2+/Fe2+ related emission peaks can be observed in the Mn2+,Cu2+ and Fe2+ doped ZnS NWs. The ferromagnetic properties of the co-doped samples were investigated at room temperature.

  11. Structural, electrical and thermoelectric properties of chromium silicate thin films

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    Abd El Qader, Makram

    2011-12-01

    Thermoelectric devices can generate electrical power as a result of their ability to produce electrical currents in the presence of thermal gradients. They can also produce refrigerative cooling when electrical power is supplied to them. Among the potential semiconducting silicides, CrSi 2 is attractive because of its high thermal and chemical stability and its potential for thermoelectric application. CrSi2/SiO2 thin-film structures were prepared using RF sputtering. As deposited and annealed (300°C to 600°C) thin films were characterized for their structural, electrical, and thermoelectric transport properties. As-sputtered CrSi 2 film is amorphous at room temperature and crystallizes around 300°C independent of thickness. Resistivity of the as-deposited 1im films is 1.20 mO-cm, whereas, the annealed films were not electrically conducting as a result of the formation of cracks in the film. The measured Seebeck voltage of the 1im films is markedly enhanced upon annealing and reaches a value of 81muV/K; close to that of bulk CrSi2. The 0.1mum-thick film exhibit an increase in the resistivity up to 0.9mO-cm upon annealing at 300°C, which drops for higher temperature anneals. This behavior is not well-understood. The Seebeck voltages of the 0.1mum thin films increase with annealing temperatures, reaching a maximum value of 62muV/K. Thermoelectric power factors for 0.1 mum thin films exhibit a similar behavior to that of the Seebeck coefficients; increasing with temperature and reaching a plateau value of 10-3 W/(K2 m) at around 400°C to 450°C. These results suggest that annealed thin films of thicknesses in the range of 0.1mum are more suitable for device applications when glass substrates are employed. In order a deposit ternary and higher order alloys, a three gun sputtering system was designed, built and tested for its level of vacuum levels and cleanliness. The tests showed that the three-gun sputtering system is of vacuum levels of 10-9 Torr and shows

  12. Measurement of low temperature thermal properties of microcalorimeters using Johnson noise thermometry

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    Bazzi, Khadije

    Lithium-ion batteries are the power source of choice for portable electronics, power tools and electric-based transportation. This outstanding commercial success has spawned great international interest in applying this technology to systems that demand higher power, such as the electric component of hybrid, extended range, and electric vehicles. This would require new electrode materials that are less expensive, more energetic, and more environmentally friendly than the present ones. Of particular interest is the olivine-structured LiFePO 4 cathode developed by Goodenough and co-workers, which offers several appealing features, such as a high, flat voltage profile and relatively high theoretical specific capacity (170 mAhg-1), combined with low cost and low toxicity. However, the intrinsically poor electronic and ionic conductivities of LiFePO4 limit the delivery of high specific capacity at high discharge rates. Several strategies have been devised to overcome the inherent limitations of LiFePO4. Carbon coating is one of the remedies to improve the performance of LiFePO 4. We studied the effect of carbon coating on the performance of LiFePO 4. First, we synthesized carbon-coated LiFePO4 samples with different amount of surfactant, lauric acid that acts as carbon source. We were able to show that an optimized amount of carbon results in greatly improved room-temperature electrochemical performance. On the other hand, because the electrochemical properties are strongly dependent on the quality of deposited carbon, we did also study the effect of carbon sources: lauric acid, myristic acid and oleic acid. We successfully showed that the proper carbon sources and carbon content played a key role on improving the initial charge-discharge capacity of the LiFePO4/C cathode. In addition, we did also shed the light of the positive impact of excess of Li on the electrochemical performance of C-LiFePO4. Knowing that Fe-site doping is considered to be an effective way to

  13. Hydrothermal synthesis and NH3 gas sensing property of WO3 nanorods at low temperature

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    Dien Nguyen, Dac; Vuong Dang, Duc; Chien Nguyen, Duc

    2015-09-01

    One-dimensional self-assembled single-crystalline hexagonal tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanostructures were synthesized by wet chemical-assisted hydrothermal processing at 120 °C for 24 h using sodium tungstate and hydrochloric acid. Urchin-like hierarchical nanorods (petal size: ∼16 nm diameter and 110 nm length) were obtained. The samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. Sensors based on WO3 nanorods were fabricated by coating them on SiO2/Si substrate attached with Pt interdigitated electrodes. NH3 gas-sensing properties of WO3 nanorods were measured at different temperatures ranging from 50 °C to 350 °C and the response was evaluated as a function of ammonia gas concentration. The gas-sensing results reveal that WO3 nanorods sensor exhibits high sensitivity and selectivity to NH3 at low operating temperature (50 °C). The maximum response reached at 50 °C was 192 for 250 ppm NH3, with response and recovery times of 10 min and 2 min, respectively.

  14. Low temperature dielectric properties of YMn0.95Ru0.05O3

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    Thakur, Rajesh K.; Thakur, Rasna; Okram, G. S.; Kaurav, N.; Gaur, N. K.

    2013-02-01

    The single phase hexagonal YMn0.95Ru0.05O3 compound has been synthesized via solid state reaction method at sintering temperature 1280°C with space group P63cm (25-1079). The detailed dielectric properties were evaluated over broad temperature and frequency ranges. An obvious dielectric relaxation was observed near the antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition temperature. The temperature dependence of the ac resistivity at low frequency infers the semiconducting behavior and favored the variable range hopping conduction model. The obtained experimental data in the temperature range of our study can be described by the equation ρ(T) = ρ0exp[(T*/T)1/4]. The fitting results are used for the calculation of the temperature scale T* ˜ 0.8 × 104 K and finally the density of state at Fermi level N(EF). The activation energy Ea ˜ 0.0314 eV is calculated from the plot, peak temperature of the loss tangent near the magnetic transition region versus frequency using Arrhenius law.

  15. Optical properties and electronic requirements for low-temperature operation of yellow semiconductor LEDs

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    Lee, Susanne M.; Mueller, Eduard K.; Van de Workeen, Brian C.; Mueller, Otward M.

    2001-05-01

    In such LED applications as lighting, it is desirable to have the highest light output for the lowest power consumption. This paper investigates the optical properties and electronic requirements of a commercially available yellow LED as a function of temperature from ambient to liquid nitrogen temperatures. It was found that the illuminance increased by almost an order of magnitude, producing much higher light output at the same diode current. However, the operating voltage increased, increasing the overall power consumption slightly. The efficiency (light-watt output to electrical watts consumed) of the LED, though, improved by a factor of more than three. This, combined with the enhanced light output, compensates for the small increase in power consumption and added cooling costs. These improvements further translate into a comparable increase in the lifetime of the LEDs. In general, each ten-degree reduction in temperature corresponds to a doubling of the lifetime of semiconductor devices. It was also found that the maximum operating current increased significantly at liquid nitrogen temperatures over that at ambient temperatures. Lastly, the emitted wavelength range shifted to shorter values in addition to the significant increase in brightness. Thus, a yellow- colored LED at room temperature gave off a much brighter yellow-green-white color at liquid nitrogen temperatures.

  16. Low Temperature Study of the Electrical Properties of Sb- SnO2 Nanofibers

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    Reyna, Maritza; Ramos, Idalia; Pinto, Nicholas

    2011-03-01

    Antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) can be used for many applications including the development of gas sensors, energy storage devices, and transparent electrodes. ATO nanofibers with sizes from 200 - 600 nm and a bandgap of 4.4 e.V were produced using the electrospinning method. The precursor was composed of tin chloride solution mixed with cellulose acetate solution and antimonium chloride. The XRD spectra of the nanofibers showed the characteristic peaks of Sb: Sn O2 with rutile structure. The electrical properties of single ATO nanofibers were studied following a cycle of cooling from 295 - 15 K and then heating from 15 - 295 K. These measurements were done in cold finger (close cycle helium refrigerator) in a vacuum. The conductivity measured at room temperature was 4.3 S/cm and decreases monotonically from 295 to 15K. As the temperature increases an anomalous peak is observed in the range of 250 to 300 K. This anomaly has been attributed to the chemi-absorbed molecules on the surface of the fiber and could be reduced by improving the vacuum conditions. PREM (NSF-DMR-0934195) and APS (Minority Scholarship for Undergraduates).

  17. Levers for Thermoelectric Properties in Titania-Based Ceramics

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    Backhaus-Ricoult, Monika; Rustad, James R.; Vargheese, Deenamma; Dutta, Indrajit; Work, Kim

    2012-06-01

    While the beneficial impact of nanostructural engineering on thermoelectric performance has been demonstrated for many semiconducting materials (SiGe, skutterudites, PbTe2, etc.), no significant advantages have been reported for oxide nanomaterials. In this study, titania is used as a model material to compare the impact of grain size, doping and substitution, second-phase nanodispersion, and crystallographic defects on the electronic and thermal properties. It is shown that the lattice thermal conductivity can be most efficiently reduced by high densities of crystallographic planar defects in the Magnéli phases, while modification of grain size or introduction of second phases on length scales of 20 nm to 100 nm introduces only minor improvement. For the electronic properties, donor dopants such as niobium provide improvement of the power factor, but are not able to compete with the enhanced carrier concentration that is reached through oxygen vacancy introduction.

  18. First-principles study of thermoelectric properties of pyrite

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    Xia, Yi; Zhou, Fei; Ozolins, Vidvuds

    2014-03-01

    Due to its natural abundance, moderate band gap and good light absorption properties, pyrite (FeS2) is being considered for use in nanocrystalline solar cells. High-quality n-type samples show high electron mobility, but their adoption in solar cells is hampered by low open circuit voltages. Here, using density-functional theory (DFT), we study charge and thermal transport properties of FeS2. Using the Debye-Callaway model, we obtain lattice thermal conductivity in good agreement with experimental data, suggesting that significant reduction of lattice thermal conductivity would be needed for thermoelectric applications. In addition, we find that holes in p-type pyrite form localized small polaron states, which naturally explains low hole mobilities observed experimentally.

  19. Diameter Dependent Thermoelectric Properties of Individual SnTe Nanowires

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    Xu, E. Z.; Li, Z.; Martinez, J.; Sinitsyn, N.; Htoon, H.; Li, N.; Swartzentruber, B.; Hollingsworth, J.; Wang, J.; Zhang, S. X.

    2015-03-01

    Tin telluride (SnTe), a newly discovered topological crystalline insulator, has recently been suggested to be a promising thermoelectric material. In this work, we report on a systematic study of the thermoelectric properties of individual single-crystalline SnTe nanowires with different diameters. Measurements of thermopower, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity were carried out on the same nanowires over a temperature range of 25 - 300 K. While the electrical conductivity does not show a strong diameter dependence, we found that the thermopower increases by a factor of two when the nanowire diameter is decreased from 913 nm to 218 nm. The thermal conductivity of the measured NWs is lower than that of the bulk SnTe, which may be attributed to the enhanced phonon - surface boundary scattering and phonon-defect scattering. We further calculated the temperature dependent figure of merit ZT for each individual nanowire. This work was performed, in part, at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science by Los Alamos National Laboratory (Contract DE-AC52-06NA25396) and Sandia National Laboratories (Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000). We acknowledge support by the Los Alamos LDRD program.

  20. Thermoelectric properties of β-Indium sulfide with sulphur deficiencies

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    Chen, Yue Xing; Kitahara, Koichi; Takeuchi, Tsunehiro

    2015-12-01

    We prepared a bulk sample of β-In2S3, which was predicted to possess high thermoelectric performance by ab initio calculations, using pulsed current sintering technique and conventional solid reaction method. The composition of prepared sample was In2S2.94, and the deficient in sulfur led to n-type behaviors of thermoelectric properties. The absolute value of Seebeck coefficient was |S| = 220 μV/K at room temperature, and monotonically increased with temperature up to 600 K then moderately decreased. The thermal conductivity was relatively low (0.68 W m-1 K-1) at 700 K presumably due to the phonon scattering with anharmonic lattice vibrations. The dimensionless figure of merit ZT consequently reached 0.38 at 700 K. We also estimated the value of ZT as a function of carrier concentration, and found that p-type β-In2S3 has potential to possess a large value of ZT exceeding 1.4.

  1. Sb Substitution Effect on Thermoelectric Properties of Mg2Si

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    Kaur, Kulwinder; Kumar, Ranjan

    2017-07-01

    The effects of Sb dopant on electronic and thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si (Mg2Si1- x Sb x , 0.125 ≤ x ≤ 0.5) have been studied using density functional theory and semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. Classical kinetic theory was employed to calculate the lattice thermal conductivity. The calculations show that the Sb-doped Mg2Si system exhibits metallic nature and Sb enhances the thermoelectric efficiency of Mg2Si. Increase in the concentration of Sb leads to decrease in the Seebeck coefficient and increase in the electrical and electronic thermal conductivity as well as reduction in the lattice thermal conductivity. We found that the lattice thermal conductivity decreases with increase in temperature. There is little effect on the lattice thermal conductivity as the doping concentration is increased, but the overall thermal conductivity increases with increasing concentration due to increased electronic thermal conductivity. High ZT value of 0.47 is obtained at 1200 K for x = 0.125.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of iron-based superconductors and parent compounds

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    Pallecchi, Ilaria; Caglieris, Federico; Putti, Marina

    2016-07-01

    Herewith, we review the available experimental data of thermoelectric transport properties of iron-based superconductors and parent compounds. We discuss possible physical mechanisms into play in determining the Seebeck effect, from whence one can extract information about Fermi surface reconstruction and Lifshitz transitions, multiband character, coupling of charge carriers with spin excitations and its relevance in the unconventional superconducting pairing mechanism, nematicity, quantum critical fluctuations close to the optimal doping for superconductivity, correlation. Additional information is obtained from the analysis of the Nernst effect, whose enhancement in parent compounds must be related partially to multiband transport and low Fermi level, but mainly to the presence of Dirac cone bands at the Fermi level. In the superconducting compounds, large Nernst effect in the normal state is explained in terms of fluctuating precursors of the spin density wave state, while in the superconducting state it mirrors the usual vortex liquid dissipative regime. A comparison between the phenomenology of thermoelectric behavior of different families of iron-based superconductors and parent compounds allows to evidence the key differences and analogies, thus providing clues on the rich and complex physics of these fascinating unconventional superconductors.

  3. Effect of neodymium substitutions on electromagnetic properties in low temperature sintered NiCuZn ferrite

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    Wu, C. P.; Tung, M. J.; Ko, W. S.; Wang, Y. P.; Tong, S. Y.; Yang, M. D.

    2015-11-01

    Nd3+ ions substituted Ni0.37Cu0.14Zn0.52Fe2O4 (Nd3+ ions content=0, 0.01, 0.04, 0.6, 1.5 wt%) were prepared by the usual standard ceramic method at 1030 °C sintering temperature, and the composition dependence of the physical and magnetic properties has been investigated. SEM micrographs and EDX analysis revealed that it is no obvious impurities up to Nd3+ ions content wt%=0.04. For higher Nd3+ ions content samples (0.6 and 1.5 wt%), there are two kind of impurities Cu-rich and Nd-rich iron oxide phase. The saturation magnetization of the 0.01 wt% Nd3+ions content sample is higher as result of that the A-B sites distance and YK-angles are shorter and smaller. The saturation magnetization of 0.04-1.5 wt% Nd3+ ion content sample are reduced, since the total magnetic moments of the AB site are decreased. For the 0.6 wt% sample, the Curie temperature increasing is as result of the Cu-rich iron oxide separating out. The maximum enhancements of permeability μ‧ are improved to 11.2% (0.04 wt%) and 29.2% (0.6 wt%) at the 6.7 and 13.8 MHz, respectively. However, it is notice that small amount substitutions of Nd3+ increase the high frequency electromagnetic characteristics, can be applied to NFC technology and WPT technologies.

  4. Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of polycrystalline La0.48Ca0.52MnO3 compound at low temperature: Influence of glassy magnetic state

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    Das, Kalipada; Das, I.

    2017-04-01

    We report the magnetic, magnetocaloric and electrical transport properties of polycrystalline bulk La0.48Ca0.52MnO3 compound. In addition to earlier reported properties viz. charge ordering and antiferromagnetic ordering, we address the presence of glassy magnetic phase at low temperature (T < 40 K) in this compound. Studies on magnetic and magnetocaloric properties reveal that, pronounced glassy behavior in this compound is due to presence of ferromagnetic clusters in the low-temperature region. In addition to that, analysis of low-temperature x-ray diffraction measurements indicate increasing crystallographic unit cell volume which is attributed to the enhancement of eg-electron bandwidth at low temperature.

  5. Polycrystalline methane hydrate: Synthesis from superheated ice, and low-temperature mechanical properties

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    Stern, L.A.; Kirby, S.H.; Durham, W.B.

    1998-01-01

    We describe a new and efficient technique to grow aggregates of pure methane hydrate in quantities suitable for physical and material properties testing. Test specimens were grown under static conditions by combining cold, pressurized CH4 gas with granulated H2O ice, and then warming the reactants to promote the reaction CH4(g) + 6H2O(s???1) ??? CH4??6H2O (methane hydrate). Hydrate formation evidently occurs at the nascent ice/liquid water interface on ice grain surfaces, and complete reaction was achieved by warming the system above the ice melting point and up to 290 K, at 25-30 MPa, for approximately 8 h. The resulting material is pure, cohesive, polycrystalline methane hydrate with controlled grain size and random orientation. Synthesis conditions placed the H2O ice well above its melting temperature while reaction progressed, yet samples and run records showed no evidence for bulk melting of the unreacted portions of ice grains. Control experiments using Ne, a non-hydrate-forming gas, showed that under otherwise identical conditions, the pressure reduction and latent heat associated with ice melting are easily detectable in our fabrication apparatus. These results suggest that under hydrate-forming conditions, H2O ice can persist metastably to temperatures well above its ordinary melting point while reacting to form hydrate. Direct observations of the hydrate growth process in a small, high-pressure optical cell verified these conclusions and revealed additional details of the hydrate growth process. Methane hydrate samples were then tested in constant-strain-rate deformation experiments at T = 140-200 K, Pc = 50-100 MPa, and ?? = 10-4 10-6 s-1. Measurements in both the brittle and ductile fields showed that methane hydrate has measurably different strength than H2O ice, and work hardens to an unusually high degree compared to other ices as well as to most metals and ceramics at high homologous temperatures. This work hardening may be related to a changing

  6. Computation of the properties of liquid neon, methane, and gas helium at low temperature by the Feynman-Hibbs approach.

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    Tchouar, N; Ould-Kaddour, F; Levesque, D

    2004-10-15

    The properties of liquid methane, liquid neon, and gas helium are calculated at low temperatures over a large range of pressure from the classical molecular-dynamics simulations. The molecular interactions are represented by the Lennard-Jones pair potentials supplemented by quantum corrections following the Feynman-Hibbs approach. The equations of state, diffusion, and shear viscosity coefficients are determined for neon at 45 K, helium at 80 K, and methane at 110 K. A comparison is made with the existing experimental data and for thermodynamical quantities, with results computed from quantum numerical simulations when they are available. The theoretical variation of the viscosity coefficient with pressure is in good agreement with the experimental data when the quantum corrections are taken into account, thus reducing considerably the 60% discrepancy between the simulations and experiments in the absence of these corrections.

  7. Low-temperature specific heat and magnetic properties of the filled skutterudite ferromagnet NdRu4As12

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    Rudenko, A.; Henkie, Z.; Cichorek, T.

    2016-09-01

    We present the low-temperature specific heat and magnetic properties of the filled skutterudite compound NdRu4As12 that exhibits a ferromagnetic transition at TC ≃ 2.3 K . Magnetic entropy considerations point at a quartet ground state of the Nd3+ ions. Deep in the ferromagnetic state, the heat capacity shows a Schottky anomaly that we ascribe to the Zeeman splitting in the presence of a molecular field. Comparison of the specific heats of NdRu4As12 and its Os-based homologue near their Curie temperatures supports our earlier observation suggesting an unusual lowering of the Th cubic point symmetry in the latter filled skutterudite.

  8. Low temperature and high pressure thermoelastic and crystallographic properties of SrZrO3 perovskite in the Pbnm phase

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    Knight, Kevin S.; Bull, Craig L.

    2016-12-01

    The thermoelastic and structural properties of SrZrO3 perovskite in the Pnma (Pbnm) phase have been studied using neutron powder diffraction at 82 temperatures between 11 K and 406 K at ambient pressure, and at sixteen pressures between 0.07 and 6.7 GPa at ambient temperature. The bulk modulus, derived by fitting the equation of state to a second order Birch-Murnaghan equation-of-state, 157(5) GPa, is in excellent agreement with that deduced in a recent resonant ultrasound investigation. Experimental axial compressional moduli are in agreement with those calculated from the elastic stiffness coefficients derived by ab-initio calculation, although the experimental bulk modulus is significantly softer than that calculated. Following low temperature saturation for temperatures less than 40 K, the unit cell monotonically increases with a predicted high temperature limit in the volume expansivity of ∼2.65 × 10-5 K-1. Axial linear thermal expansion coefficients are found to be in the order αb < αc < αa for all temperatures greater than 20 K with the b axis indicating a weak, low temperature negative expansion coefficient at low temperatures. The thermoelastic properties of SrZrO3 can be approximated by a two-term Debye model for the phonon density of states with Debye temperatures of 238(4) K and 713(6) K derived in a self-consistent manner by simultaneously fitting the isochoric heat capacity and the unit cell volume. Atomic displacement parameters have been fitted to a modified Debye model in which the zero-point term is an additional refinable variable and shows the cations and anions have well separated Debye temperatures, mirroring the need for two Debye-like distributions in the vibrational density of states. The temperature dependence of the crystal structure is presented in terms of the amplitudes of the seven symmetry-adapted basis vectors of the aristotype phase that are consistent with space group Pbnm, thus permitting a direct measure of the order

  9. The effect of low temperature aging on the mechanical property & phase stability of Y-TZP ceramics

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    Kim, Hyung-Tae; Yang, Jae-Ho; Lee, Jai-Bong; Kim, Sung-Hun

    2009-01-01

    STATEMENT OF PROBLEM Recently Yttrium-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP) has been introduced due to superior flexural strength and fracture toughness compared to other dental ceramic systems. Although zirconia has outstanding mechanical properties, the phenomenon of decrease in the life-time of zirconia resulted from degradation in flexural strength after low temperature aging has been reported. PURPOSE The objective of this study was to investigate degradation of flexural strength of Y-TZP ceramics after various low temperature aging treatments and to evaluate the phase stability and micro-structural change after aging by using X-ray diffraction analysis and a scanning electron microscope (SEM). MATERIAL AND METHODS Y-TZP blocks of Vita In-Ceram YZ (Vita Zahnfabrik, Bad Säckingen, Germany) were prepared in 40 mm (length) × 4 mm (width) × 3 mm (height) samples. Specimens were artificially aged in distilled water by heat-treatment at a temperature of 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200, and 225℃ for 10 hours, in order to induce the phase transformation at the surface. To measure the mechanical property, the specimens were subjected to a four-point bending test using a universal testing machine (Instron model 3365; Instron, Canton, Mass, USA). In addition, X-ray diffraction analysis (DMAX 2500; Rigaku, Tokyo, Japan) and SEM (Hitachi s4700; Jeol Ltd, Tokyo, Japan) were performed to estimate the phase transformation. The statistical analysis was done using SAS 9.1.3 (SAS institute, USA). The flexural strength data of the experimental groups were analyzed by one-way analysis of variance and to detect statistically significant differences (α= .05). RESULTS The mean flexural strength of sintered Vita In-Ceram YZ without autoclaving was 798 MPa. When applied aging temperature at below 125℃ for 10 hours, the flexural strength of Vita In-Ceram YZ increased up to 1,161 MPa. However, at above 150℃, the flexural strength started to decrease. Although low

  10. Nanostructured semiconductors for thermoelectric energy conversion: Synthesis and transport properties

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    Sahoo, Pranati

    Increasing energy demands and decreasing natural energy resources have sparked search for alternative clean and renewable energy sources. For instance, currently there is a tremendous interest in thermoelectric and photovoltaic solar energy production technologies. Half-Heusler (HH) alloys are among the most popular material systems presently under widespread investigations for high temperature thermoelectric energy conversion. Approaches to increase the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) of HH range from (1) chemical substitution of atoms with different masses within the same atomic position in the crystal structure to optimize carrier concentration and enhance phonon scattering via mass fluctuation and (2) embedding secondary phonon scattering centers in the matrix (nanostructuring) to further reduce thermal conductivity. This work focuses on three material systems. The first part describes the synthesis and properties (thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, magnetic) of various oxide nanostructures (NiO, Co3O4) which were subsequently used as inclusion phases in a HH matrix to reduce the thermal conductivity. Detailed reviews of the past efforts along with the current effort to optimize synthetic routes are presented. The effects of the synthesis conditions on the thermoelectric properties of compacted pellets of NiO and Co3O4 are also discussed. The second part of the work discusses the development of synthetic strategies for the fabrication of p-type and n-type bulk nanostructured thermoelectric materials made of a half-Heusler matrix based on (Ti,Hf)CoSb, containing nanostructures with full-Heusler (FH) compositions and structures coherently embedded inside the half-Heusler matrix. The role of the nanostructures in the regulation of phonon and charge carrier transports within the half-heusler matrix is extensively discussed by combining transport data and electron microscopy images. It was found that the FH nanoinclusions form staggered

  11. Thermoelectric properties of cobalt antimonide>-based skutterudites

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    Yang, Jian

    Solid state cooling and power generation based on thermoelectric principles are regarded as one of the technologies with the potential of solving the current energy crisis. Thermoelectric devices could be widely used in waste heat recovery, small scale power generation and refrigeration. It has no moving parts and is environmental friendly. The limitation to its application is due to its low efficiency. Most of the current commercialized thermoelectric materials have figure of merit (ZT) around 1. To be comparable with kitchen refrigerator, ZT≃ 3 is required at room temperature. Skutterudites have emerged as member of the novel materials, which potentially have a higher ZT. In the dissertation, my investigation will be focused on the optimization of CoSb3-based skutterudites. Starting with Co and Sb elements, CoSb3 will form through a high energy ball mill. Unfortunately, even after 20 hours, only a small percentage of the powders have transformed in into CoSb3. Then the powders will be compacted into bulk samples by DC-controlled hot press. CoSb3 single phase will form after press. Characterization of the structure and thermoelectric properties will be presented with details. The effects of synthesis conditions on thermoelectric properties of skutterudites were studied and discussed. Several possible methods of improving the ZT of N type skutterudites were applied. The highest obtained ZT thus far is ˜1.2 from Yb doped CoSb3. For a group of samples with nominal composition YbxCo4Sb12, the increased Yb concentration in our samples not only enhanced the power factor due to electron doping effect but also decreased the thermal conductivity due to a stronger rattling effect. In addition, the increased grain boundary density per unit volume due to the small grains in our bulk skutterudite materials may have also helped to enhance the phonon scattering and thus to reduce the thermal conductivity. Single and double doping methods with different combinations were also

  12. Optical contactless measurement of semiconductor thermoelectric transport properties (Conference Presentation)

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    Gibelli, Francois; Lombez, Laurent; Guillemoles, Jean-François

    2017-04-01

    In view of the combinatorial approach to discovery of new thermoelectric materials, it is highly desirable to have fast measurement techniques, if possible with capabilities to access local fluctuations or gradients in material properties. Using the generalized Planck& #39;s law of radiation [1] for fitting the photoluminescence spectra is the most appropriate technique to access the quasi Fermi level splitting and the temperature of the carriers in a semiconductor. These two parameters enable to determine Seebeck coefficients for the material as a new photo-Seebeck effect [2]. The absolutely calibrated photoluminescence intensity profile[3] with the spatial coordinates combined with Callen coupled transport equations and with the kinetic expression of the transport parameters under the relaxation time approximation enable us to determine: the Seebeck coefficient, the electrical conductivity, the thermal electron and hole conductivity, the mobilities, the diffusion coefficients and the heat transferred from the carriers to the lattice. All these parameters can be obtained either for electrons or for holes[4], even simultaneously, for intrinsic semiconductor in ambipolar regime. The method has been applied to a multi-quantum well structure of InGaAsP. Since the luminescence comes from the wells, this method enables to access the transport properties in the plane of the wells inside the whole structure. Since photoluminescence does not require p-n junction nor high electrical conductivities for the measurement, this optical contactless measurement technique of thermoelectrinc transport parameters involving quasi-equilibrium carriers enables to access properties inside a given layer of the whole structure or in materials with very low conductivities. We will also show the perspectives offered for the research of new thermoelectric materials. [1] Würfel, J. Phys. C : Solid State Phys., 1982 [2] Gibelli et al., Phys. Rev. Appl., 5 (2) 2016 Tauc, Czech J Phys, 1955 [3

  13. Low temperature thermoelastic properties of galena in a simple, self-consistent, two-term Debye model

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    Knight, Kevin S.

    2015-03-01

    The thermoelastic properties of the thermoelectric chalcogenide galena, lead sulfide (PbS), have been determined in the temperature interval 10-350 K from high resolution neutron powder diffraction data, and literature values of the isobaric heat capacity. Within this temperature range, galena can be described by a simple phenomenological model in which the cation and anion vibrate independently of one another in a Debye-like manner, with vibrational Debye temperatures of 120(1) K for the lead, and 324(2) K for the sulfur. Simultaneous fitting of the unit cell volume and the isochoric heat capacity to a two-term Debye internal energy function gives characteristic temperatures of 110(2), and 326(5) K in excellent agreement with the measured vibrational Debye temperatures derived from fitting the atomic displacement parameters. The thermodynamic Grüneisen constant derived from the isochoric heat capacity is found to monotonically increase with decreasing temperature, from 2.5 at 300 K, to 3.25 at 25 K, in agreement with the deductions of earlier work. The full phonon density of states calculated from the two-term Debye model shows fair agreement with that derived from density functional theory.

  14. Cryogenic Thermoelectric Properties of the Bismuth-Magnesium and Bismuth-Antimony-Magnesium Systems

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    Orovets, Christine; Jin, Hyungyu; Wiendlocha, Bartlomiej; Heremans, Joseph P.

    2012-02-01

    There is a need to increase the Figure of Merit of thermoelectric materials used in low temperature cooling applications. Band structure calculations show that substitutional magnesium in bismuth can form sharp density of states peaks, suggesting the presence of a resonant level. Single crystal samples of (Bi1-xSbx)1-yMgy (0 <= x <= 12% and 0 <= y <= 0.7% nominally) were synthesized in evacuated ampoules. The composition of each ingot was analyzed using x-ray diffraction, and transport properties were measured using a Thermal Transport Option (TTO) in a Physical Properties Measurement System (PPMS) from 300K to 2K. It is apparent that the addition of magnesium strongly influences thermopower; the data for Bi90Sb10Mg0.7 shows a second minimum in thermopower at 20K, in addition to the expected minimum at approximately 50-60K. This could be due to the resonant scattering at the cryogenic temperatures which arises from the excess density of states. The addition of magnesium also appears to decrease thermal conductivity below 30K. We present systematic experimental approaches and the results to elucidate the role of magnesium in bismuth and bismuth-antimony systems.

  15. Thermoelectric Properties of NaxCoO2 and Prospects for Other Oxide Thermoelectrics

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    Singh, David J; Kasinathan, Deepa

    2007-01-01

    We discuss the thermoelectric properties of Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2} using the electronic structure, as determined in first principles calculations, and Boltzmann kinetic transport theory. The Fermi energy lies near the top of a manifold of Co t 2{sub g} bands. These t 2{sub g} bands are separated by a large gap from the higher-lying e{sub g} states. Although the large crystal-field splitting implies substantial Co-O hybridization, the bands are narrow. Application of standard Boltzmann transport theory to such a narrow band structure yields high thermopowers in accord with experimental observations, even for high metallic carrier densities. The high thermopowers observed for Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2} can therefore be explained by standard band theory and do not rely on low dimensionality or correlation effects specific to Co. We also present results for the cubic spinel structure ZnRh{sub 2}O{sub 4}. Like Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2}, this compound has very narrow valence bands. We find that if it could be doped with mobile carriers, it would also have a high thermopower, comparable with that of Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2}.

  16. A Review on the Fabrication of Polymer-Based Thermoelectric Materials and Fabrication Methods

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    Kamarudin, Muhammad Akmal; Sahamir, Shahrir Razey; Datta, Robi Shankar; Long, Bui Duc; Mohd Sabri, Mohd Faizul; Mohd Said, Suhana

    2013-01-01

    Thermoelectricity, by converting heat energy directly into useable electricity, offers a promising technology to convert heat from solar energy and to recover waste heat from industrial sectors and automobile exhausts. In recent years, most of the efforts have been done on improving the thermoelectric efficiency using different approaches, that is, nanostructuring, doping, molecular rattling, and nanocomposite formation. The applications of thermoelectric polymers at low temperatures, especially conducting polymers, have shown various advantages such as easy and low cost of fabrication, light weight, and flexibility. In this review, we will focus on exploring new types of polymers and the effects of different structures, concentrations, and molecular weight on thermoelectric properties. Various strategies to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials will be discussed. In addition, a discussion on the fabrication of thermoelectric devices, especially suited to polymers, will also be given. Finally, we provide the challenge and the future of thermoelectric polymers, especially thermoelectric hybrid model. PMID:24324378

  17. A review on the fabrication of polymer-based thermoelectric materials and fabrication methods.

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    Kamarudin, Muhammad Akmal; Sahamir, Shahrir Razey; Datta, Robi Shankar; Long, Bui Duc; Mohd Sabri, Mohd Faizul; Mohd Said, Suhana

    2013-11-12

    Thermoelectricity, by converting heat energy directly into useable electricity, offers a promising technology to convert heat from solar energy and to recover waste heat from industrial sectors and automobile exhausts. In recent years, most of the efforts have been done on improving the thermoelectric efficiency using different approaches, that is, nanostructuring, doping, molecular rattling, and nanocomposite formation. The applications of thermoelectric polymers at low temperatures, especially conducting polymers, have shown various advantages such as easy and low cost of fabrication, light weight, and flexibility. In this review, we will focus on exploring new types of polymers and the effects of different structures, concentrations, and molecular weight on thermoelectric properties. Various strategies to improve the performance of thermoelectric materials will be discussed. In addition, a discussion on the fabrication of thermoelectric devices, especially suited to polymers, will also be given. Finally, we provide the challenge and the future of thermoelectric polymers, especially thermoelectric hybrid model.

  18. Analytic Thermoelectric Couple Modeling: Variable Material Properties and Transient Operation

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    Mackey, Jonathan A.; Sehirlioglu, Alp; Dynys, Fred

    2015-01-01

    To gain a deeper understanding of the operation of a thermoelectric couple a set of analytic solutions have been derived for a variable material property couple and a transient couple. Using an analytic approach, as opposed to commonly used numerical techniques, results in a set of useful design guidelines. These guidelines can serve as useful starting conditions for further numerical studies, or can serve as design rules for lab built couples. The analytic modeling considers two cases and accounts for 1) material properties which vary with temperature and 2) transient operation of a couple. The variable material property case was handled by means of an asymptotic expansion, which allows for insight into the influence of temperature dependence on different material properties. The variable property work demonstrated the important fact that materials with identical average Figure of Merits can lead to different conversion efficiencies due to temperature dependence of the properties. The transient couple was investigated through a Greens function approach; several transient boundary conditions were investigated. The transient work introduces several new design considerations which are not captured by the classic steady state analysis. The work helps to assist in designing couples for optimal performance, and also helps assist in material selection.

  19. Synthesis and Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Se3 Nanostructures

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    2011-01-01

    Bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) nanostructures were synthesized via solvothermal method. The crystallinity of the as-synthesized sample has been analyzed by X-ray diffraction, which shows the formation of rhombohedral Bi2Se3. Electron microscopy examination indicates that the Bi2Se3 nanoparticles have hexagonal flake-like shape. The effect of the synthesis temperature on the morphology of the Bi2Se3 nanostructures has also been investigated. It is found that the particle size increases with the synthesis temperature. Thermoelectric properties of the Bi2Se3 nanostructures were also measured, and the maximum value of dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of 0.096 was obtained at 523 K. PMID:27502679

  20. Thermoelectric properties of Fe and Al co-added Ge

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    Sasaki, Takayuki; Kurosaki, Ken; Yusufu, Aikebaier; Ohishi, Yuji; Muta, Hiroaki; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2017-04-01

    The polycrystalline bulk samples of Fe and Al co-added Ge were synthesized by melt-spinning followed by spark plasma sintering and the thermoelectric properties were examined. Here, Al acts as a p-type dopant, while Fe is expected to form FeGe2 as precipitates. Since the lattice mismatch between Ge and FeGe2 is small (<4%), they would coherently connect with each other, reducing the thermal conductivity without affecting the electrical transport. In this study, a reduction in thermal conductivity was achieved by dispersing the FeGe2 precipitates in the Al-doped Ge matrix, while they had little influences on both the carrier mobility and the Seebeck coefficient. As the results, the maximum ZT value of 0.13 was obtained at 773 K, which is three times higher than that of single-crystal Ge reported by the authors’ group [Y. Ohishi et al., Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 55, 051301 (2016)].

  1. Effect of solvent on nanostructure and thermoelectric properties of bismuth

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    Kulsi, C.; Dhara, P.; Mitra, M.; Kargupta, K.; Ganguly, S.; Banerjee, D.

    2016-05-01

    Nanostructures of bismuth (Bi) are obtained by employing solvothermal process. Two different shapes, nanorods and nanospheres, are produced by changing the ratio of solvents (1) ethylene glycol (EG) and (2) EG and absolute ethanol (AE) in the ratio of 1:1, respectively. Prepared samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Transport properties measured on the pressed pellets of bismuth nanostructures exhibit metallic behavior. The room temperature conductivity varies from 64 to 18 S/cm depending on morphology of the nanostructure. The thermal conductivity is found to be 50 times lower in nanostructures than that of single crystal bismuth. Thermoelectric performances like power factor and figure of merit are correlated with the porosities of the samples, which show higher value for sphere-like than that of rod-like Bi nanostructures.

  2. Low-temperature growth of aligned ZnO nanorods: effect of annealing gases on the structural and optical properties.

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    Umar, Ahmad; Hahn, Yoon-Bong; Al-Hajry, A; Abaker, M

    2014-06-01

    Aligned ZnO nanorods were grown on ZnO/Si substrate via simple aqueous solution process at low-temperature of - 65 degrees C by using zinc nitrate and hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA). The detailed morphological and structural properties measured by FESEM, XRD, EDS and TEM confirmed that the as-grown nanorods are vertically aligned, well-crystalline possessing wurtzite hexagonal phase and grown along the [0001] direction. The room-temperature photoluminescence spectrum of the grown nanorods exhibited a strong and broad green emission and small ultraviolet emission. The as-prepared ZnO nanorods were post-annealed in nitrogen (N2) and oxygen (O2) environments and further characterized in terms of their morphological, structural and optical properties. After annealing the nanorods exhibit well-crystallinity and wurtzite hexagonal phase. Moreover, by annealing the PL spectra show the enhancement in the UV emission and suppression in the green emission. The presented results demonstrate that simply by post-annealing process, the optical properties of ZnO nanostructures can be controlled.

  3. [Research on the phase and optical properties of nc-Si films prepared by low temperature aluminum induced crystallization].

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    Duan, Liang-fei; Yang, Wen; Yang, Pei-zhi; Song, Zhao-ning

    2014-08-01

    In the present paper, nanocrystalline silicon thin films on glass substrates were prepared by rapid thermal annealing (RTA) of RF magnetron sputtered system and alpha-Si/Al films at a low temperature in Nz atmosphere. Optical metallographic microscope, confocal optical microscopy, X-ray diffractometer, Raman scattering and UV-Vis-NIR spectrometers were used to characterize the surface morphology and the phase and optical properties of nc-Si films. The influence of annealing process on the nc-Si films properties was studied. The results showed that nc-Si films were obtained after aluminum induced crystallization of the alpha-Si/Al films at 300 degrees C, withthe crystallization rate 15.56% and the grain size 1.75 nm. The surface uniformity and lattice distortion of nc-Si films reduced, while grain size, degree of crystallization and the optical band gap of the films increased with increasing annealing temperature from 300 to 400 degrees C. As the annealing temperature increased from 400 to 500 degrees C, although the degree of crystallization and grain size increased, the tendencies of all other characteristics were opposite. On the contrary, the surface uniformity and the lattice distortion increased, but the optical band gap of nc-Si films reduced. The optical properties of the resulting films were confirmed by the absorption model of nc-Si thin films, where the tendency of band gap changes is in consistent with the optical modeling.

  4. Structural and room temperature ferromagnetic properties of Ni doped ZnO nanoparticles via low-temperature hydrothermal method

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    Xu, Kun; Liu, Changzhen; Chen, Rui; Fang, Xiaoxiang; Wu, Xiuling; Liu, Jie

    2016-12-01

    A series of Zn1-xNixO (x=0, 1%, 3%, 5%) nanoparticles have been synthesized via a low-temperature hydrothermal method. Influence of Ni doping concentration on the structure, morphology, optical properties and magnetism of the samples was investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometer and vibrating sample magnetometer instruments. The results show that the undoped and doped ZnO nanoparticles are both hexagonal wurtzite structures. The surface analysis was performed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies. The images of SEM reveal that the structure of pure ZnO and Ni doped samples are nanoparticles which intended to form flakes with thickness of few nanometers, being overlain with each one to develop the network with some pores and voids. Based on the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy analysis, it indicates that the band gap energy decreases with the increasing concentration of Ni. Furthermore, The Ni doped ZnO samples didn't exhibit higher ultraviolet-light-driven photocatalytic activity compared to the undoped ZnO sample. Vibrating sample magnetometer was used for the magnetic property investigations, and the result indicates that room temperature ferromagnetism property of 3% Ni doped sample is attributed to oxygen vacancy and interaction between doped ions.

  5. Novel Transition Metal Compounds with Promising Thermoelectric Properties

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    Caillat, T.; Borshchevsky, A.; Fleurial, J. -P.

    1993-01-01

    Progress in the search for new high temperature thermoelectric materials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is reviewed. Novel transition metal compounds were selected as potential new high performance thermoelectric materials and criteria of selection are presented and discussed. Samples of these new compounds were prepared at JPL by a variety of techniques. Encouraging experimental results obtained on several of these compounds are reported and show that they have the potential to be the next generation of thermoelectric materials.

  6. Thermoelectric properties and oxidation behaviour of Magnesium Silicide

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    Tani, J.; Takahashi, M.; Kido, H.

    2011-05-01

    We study the oxidation behaviour of Mg2Si and the thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si composites. Above 723 K, Mg2Si reacts with O2 in air to yield MgO and Si. Using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) equation, the Avrami exponent (n) is equal to ~0.5, and it depends on the reaction temperature and time; this indicates that the oxidation is controlled by the diffusion-controlled reaction. In order to improve the oxidation-resistance of Mg2Si, β-FeSi2 films were fabricated on sintered Mg2Si samples by RF magnetron-sputtering deposition at RT followed by post-annealing at 873 K in vacuum. The β-FeSi2 layer effectively prevented the diffusion of oxygen at 873 K and improved the oxidation resistance of Mg2Si. The thermoelectric properties of impurity-doped Mg2Si composites fabricated using the reduction method of metal oxide / carbonate / hydroxide additives (Al2O3, Sb2O3, Bi2O3, Li2CO3, CuO, Ag2O, In2O3, La(OH)3, Ga2O3, Na2CO3, and Y2O3) have been characterized. The maximum values of ZT for impurity-doped Mg2Si composites fabricated using the reduction method of Al2O3, Bi2O3, Sb2O3, and La(OH)3 additives show 0.58 at 862 K, 0.68 at 864 K, 0.63 at 863 K, and 0.06 at 865 K, respectively.

  7. 46 CFR 54.25-20 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels with properties enhanced by heat treatment (modifies...

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  12. Electronic, optical, mechanical and thermoelectric properties of graphene

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    Muley, Sarang Vilas

    prompted the study of thermoelectric (TE) effects in graphene based systems. TE devices are finding applications in power generation and solid state refrigeration. This study involves analyzing the electronic, thermal and electrical transport properties of these systems. Electronic thermal conductivity, of graphene based systems (kappae), is found to be negligible as compared to its phonon-induced lattice thermal conduction (kappa p). Variations in kappap of graphene and GNRs are evaluated as a function of their width and length of their edges, chiralities, temperature, and number of layers. The interdependence of transport parameters, i.e., electrical conductivity (sigma), thermoelectric power (TEP) or Seebeck coefficient (S), and kappa of graphene are discussed. The thermoelectric performance of these materials is determined mainly by a parameter called Figure-of-Merit. Effective methods to optimize the value of Figure-of-Merit are explored. Reducing the thermal conductivity and increasing the power factor of these systems are found to improve the Figure-of-Merit significantly. This involves correlation of structure and transport properties. Effects of doping on sigma, kappa and Hall coefficient are discussed.

  13. La 1-x Ca x MnO 3 semiconducting nanostructures: morphology and thermoelectric properties.

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    Culebras, Mario; Torán, Raquel; Gómez, Clara M; Cantarero, Andrés

    2014-01-01

    Semiconducting metallic oxides, especially perosvkite materials, are great candidates for thermoelectric applications due to several advantages over traditionally metallic alloys such as low production costs and high chemical stability at high temperatures. Nanostructuration can be the key to develop highly efficient thermoelectric materials. In this work, La 1-x Ca x MnO 3 perosvkite nanostructures with Ca as a dopant have been synthesized by the hydrothermal method to be used in thermoelectric applications at room temperature. Several heat treatments have been made in all samples, leading to a change in their morphology and thermoelectric properties. The best thermoelectric efficiency has been obtained for a Ca content of x=0.5. The electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient are strongly related to the calcium content.

  14. Enhancement of thermoelectric properties in benzene molecule junction by the magnetic flux

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    Li, Haidong; Wang, Yuan; kang, Xiubao; Liu, Shaohui; Li, Ruixue

    2017-02-01

    The thermoelectric properties through a benzene molecule with two metal leads are theoretically studied. The results reveal that the thermoelectric properties are strongly influenced by the magnetic flux. The reason for such a behavior is that the quantum interference caused by the magnetic field leads to the anti-resonance effect, which results in obvious thermoelectric effects. The value of Z T with a period of 1 for the magnetic flux and the magnitude of Z T may exceed 2 under some specific magnetic flux and onsite Coulomb interaction.

  15. Theoretical and Experimental Investigation on the Low Temperature Properties of the NbCr{sub 2} Laves Phase

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    Thoma, D.J.; Chu, F.; Chen, K.C.; Kotula, P.G.; Mitchell, T.E.; Wills, J.M.; Ormeci, A.; Chen, S.P.; Albers, R.C.

    1999-06-03

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The goal of the project was to develop methodologies in which to define and improve the properties of NbCr{sub 2} so that the high temperature structural applications of alloys based upon this would not be limited by the low-temperature brittle behavior of the intermetallic. We accomplished this task by (1) understanding the defect structure and deformation mechanisms in Laves phases, (2) electronic and geometric contributions to phase stability and alloying behavior, and (3) novel processing of dual phase (Laves/bcc) structures. As a result alloys with properties that in many cases surpass superalloys were developed. For example, we have tailored alloy design strategies and processing routes in a metal alloy to achieve ambient temperature ultimate strengths of 2.35 GPa as well as ultimate strengths of 1.5 GPa at 1000 C. This results i n one of the strongest metal alloys that currently exist, while still having deformability at room temperature.

  16. Unique optical properties of Eu3 + doped L-histidine hydrochloride mono hydrate single crystals from low temperature growth technique

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    Ramachandra Rao, K.; Rajyalakshmi, S.; Kamal, Ch. Satya; Brahmaji, B.; Jasinski, Jacek B.; Visweswara Rao, T. K.

    2017-04-01

    A low-temperature solution method was utilized to grow single crystals of Eu3 + doped L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate. The quality of the crystals was confirmed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction measurements with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of rocking curve at 8 arc per sec. The incorporation of Eu3 + ions into the lattice was confirmed by functional group analysis using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The amount of Eu3 + ions was found to be 0.08 weight (%) using energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The crystal's thermal and mechanical properties were tested as well. The unique spectral properties such as UV-Vis transmittance, nonlinear optical efficiency (NLO), photoluminescence (PL) and its lifetime were measured. The PL study revealed that the intensity of 5D0 → 7F2 emission of Eu3 + is stronger than that of 5D0 → 7F1 emission and the decay measurement showed a life time of 7.2410 μs. The photoluminescence results prove that L-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate is a new, highly efficient host material for europium ion red emissions.

  17. Structural and low temperature transport properties of Fe2B and FeB systems at high pressure

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    Kumar, P. Anand; Satya, A. T.; Reddy, P. V. Sreenivasa; Sekar, M.; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Mani, Awadhesh; Kalavathi, S.; Shekar, N. V. Chandra

    2017-10-01

    The evolution of crystal structure and the ground state properties of Fe2B and FeB have been studied by performing high pressure X-ray diffraction up to a pressure of ∼24 GPa and temperature dependent (4.2-300 K range) high-pressure resistivity measurements up to ∼ 2 GPa. While a pressure induced reversible structural phase transition from tetragonal to orthorhombic structure is observed at ∼6.3 GPa in Fe2B, FeB has been found to be stable in its orthorhombic phase up to the pressure of 24 GPa. In the case of Fe2B, both parent and daughter phases coexist beyond the transition pressure. The bulk modulus of FeB and Fe2B (tetragonal) have been found to be 248 GPa and 235 GPa respectively. First principle electronic structure calculations have been performed using the present experimental inputs and the calculated ground state properties agree quite well with the major findings of the experiments. Debye temperature extracted from the analysis of low temperature resistivity data is observed to decrease with pressure indicating softening of phonons in both the systems.

  18. Unique optical properties of Eu(3+) doped l-histidine hydrochloride mono hydrate single crystals from low temperature growth technique.

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    Ramachandra Rao, K; Rajyalakshmi, S; Kamal, Ch Satya; Brahmaji, B; Jasinski, Jacek B; Visweswara Rao, T K

    2017-04-05

    A low-temperature solution method was utilized to grow single crystals of Eu(3+)doped l-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate. The quality of the crystals was confirmed by high-resolution X-ray diffraction measurements with full width at half maximum (FWHM) of rocking curve at 8arc per sec. The incorporation of Eu(3+) ions into the lattice was confirmed by functional group analysis using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The amount of Eu(3+) ions was found to be 0.08 weight (%) using energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The crystal's thermal and mechanical properties were tested as well. The unique spectral properties such as UV-Vis transmittance, nonlinear optical efficiency (NLO), photoluminescence (PL) and its lifetime were measured. The PL study revealed that the intensity of (5)D0→(7)F2 emission of Eu(3+) is stronger than that of (5)D0→(7)F1 emission and the decay measurement showed a life time of 7.2410μs. The photoluminescence results prove that l-histidine hydrochloride monohydrate is a new, highly efficient host material for europium ion red emissions.

  19. Low Temperature Sensing Properties of a Nano Hybrid Material Based on ZnO Nanotetrapods and Titanyl Phthalocyanine

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    Coppedè, Nicola; Villani, Marco; Mosca, Roberto; Iannotta, Salvatore; Zappettini, Andrea; Calestani, Davide

    2013-01-01

    ZnO nanotetrapods have recently been exploited for the realization of high-sensitivity gas sensors, but they are affected by the typical drawbacks of metal-oxides, i.e., poor selectivity and a relatively high working temperature. On the other hand, it has been also demonstrated that the combined use of nanostructured metal oxides and organic molecules can improve the gas sensing performance sensitivity or selectivity, even at lower temperatures. A gas sensor device, based on films of interconnected ZnO nanotetrapods properly functionalized by titanyl phthalocyanine (TiOPc), has been realized in order to combine the high surface to volume ratio and structural stability of the crystalline ZnO nanostructures with the enhanced sensitivity of the semiconducting TiOPc molecule, especially at low temperature. The electronic properties of the resulting nanohybrid material are different from those of each single component. The response of the hybrid nanostructure towards different gases has been compared with that of ZnO nanotetrapod without functionalization in order to highlight the peculiar properties of the hybrid interaction(s). The dynamic response in time has been studied for different gases and temperatures; in particular, an increase in the response to NO2 has been observed, even at room temperature. The formation of localized p-n heterojunctions and the possibility of exchanging charge carriers at the hybrid interface is shown to be crucial for the sensing mechanism. PMID:23486215

  20. Low temperature sensing properties of a nano hybrid material based on ZnO nanotetrapods and titanyl phthalocyanine.

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    Coppedè, Nicola; Villani, Marco; Mosca, Roberto; Iannotta, Salvatore; Zappettini, Andrea; Calestani, Davide

    2013-03-13

    ZnO nanotetrapods have recently been exploited for the realization of high-sensitivity gas sensors, but they are affected by the typical drawbacks of metal-oxides, i.e., poor selectivity and a relatively high working temperature. On the other hand, it has been also demonstrated that the combined use of nanostructured metal oxides and organic molecules can improve the gas sensing performance sensitivity or selectivity, even at lower temperatures. A gas sensor device, based on films of interconnected ZnO nanotetrapods properly functionalized by titanyl phthalocyanine (TiOPc), has been realized in order to combine the high surface to volume ratio and structural stability of the crystalline ZnO nanostructures with the enhanced sensitivity of the semiconducting TiOPc molecule, especially at low temperature. The electronic properties of the resulting nanohybrid material are different from those of each single component. The response of the hybrid nanostructure towards different gases has been compared with that of ZnO nanotetrapod without functionalization in order to highlight the peculiar properties of the hybrid interaction(s). The dynamic response in time has been studied for different gases and temperatures; in particular, an increase in the response to NO2 has been observed, even at room temperature. The formation of localized p-n heterojunctions and the possibility of exchanging charge carriers at the hybrid interface is shown to be crucial for the sensing mechanism.

  1. Thermoelectric properties of binary LnN (Ln=La and Lu): First principles study

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    Sreeparvathy, P. C.; Gudelli, Vijay Kumar; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.; Svane, A.; Christensen, N. E.

    2015-06-24

    First principles density functional calculations were carried out to study the electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of LnN (Ln = La and Lu) using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The thermoelectric properties were calculated by solving the Boltzmann transport equation within the constant relaxation time approximation. The obtained lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental and other theoretical results. The calculated band gaps using the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential (TB-mBJ), of both compounds are in good agreement with the available experimental values. Thermoelectric properties like thermopower (S), electrical conductivity scaled by relaxation time (σ/τ) and power-factor (S{sup 2}σ/τ) are calculated as functions of the carrier concentration and temperature for both compounds. The calculated thermoelectric properties are compared with the available experimental results of the similar material ScN.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of CuAlCh{sub 2} (Ch = S, Se and Te)

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    Gudelli, Vijay Kumar; Kanchana, V.; Vaitheeswaran, G.

    2015-06-24

    Electronic and thermoelectric properties of ternary chalcopyrite-type CuAlCh{sub 2} (S, Se and Te) were studied using the first principles density functional calculations implemented in the full potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The thermoelectric properties are calculated by solving the Boltzmann transport equation within the constant relaxation time approximation. The calculated band gap using the Tran-Blaha modified Becke-Johnson potential (TB-mBJ), of all the compounds are in good agreement with the available experiment and other theoretical reports. Thermoelectric properties like thermopower, electrical conductivity scaled by relaxation time are calculated as a function of carrier concentrations at different temperatures. The calculated thermoelectric properties are compared with the available experiment and other theoretical calculations of similar materials.

  3. A Model for Predicting Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Te3

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    Lee, Seungwon; VonAllmen, Paul

    2009-01-01

    A parameterized orthogonal tight-binding mathematical model of the quantum electronic structure of the bismuth telluride molecule has been devised for use in conjunction with a semiclassical transport model in predicting the thermoelectric properties of doped bismuth telluride. This model is expected to be useful in designing and analyzing Bi2Te3 thermoelectric devices, including ones that contain such nano - structures as quantum wells and wires. In addition, the understanding gained in the use of this model can be expected to lead to the development of better models that could be useful for developing other thermoelectric materials and devices having enhanced thermoelectric properties. Bi2Te3 is one of the best bulk thermoelectric materials and is widely used in commercial thermoelectric devices. Most prior theoretical studies of the thermoelectric properties of Bi2Te3 have involved either continuum models or ab-initio models. Continuum models are computationally very efficient, but do not account for atomic-level effects. Ab-initio models are atomistic by definition, but do not scale well in that computation times increase excessively with increasing numbers of atoms. The present tight-binding model bridges the gap between the well-scalable but non-atomistic continuum models and the atomistic but poorly scalable ab-initio models: The present tight-binding model is atomistic, yet also computationally efficient because of the reduced (relative to an ab-initio model) number of basis orbitals and flexible parameterization of the Hamiltonian.

  4. Thermoelectric plastics: from design to synthesis, processing and structure–property relationships

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    Kroon, Renee; Mengistie, Desalegn Alemu; Kiefer, David; Hynynen, Jonna; Ryan, Jason D.; Yu, Liyang

    2016-01-01

    Thermoelectric plastics are a class of polymer-based materials that combine the ability to directly convert heat to electricity, and vice versa, with ease of processing. Potential applications include waste heat recovery, spot cooling and miniature power sources for autonomous electronics. Recent progress has led to surging interest in organic thermoelectrics. This tutorial review discusses the current trends in the field with regard to the four main building blocks of thermoelectric plastics: (1) organic semiconductors and in particular conjugated polymers, (2) dopants and counterions, (3) insulating polymers, and (4) conductive fillers. The design and synthesis of conjugated polymers that promise to show good thermoelectric properties are explored, followed by an overview of relevant structure–property relationships. Doping of conjugated polymers is discussed and its interplay with processing as well as structure formation is elucidated. The use of insulating polymers as binders or matrices is proposed, which permit the adjustment of the rheological and mechanical properties of a thermoelectric plastic. Then, nanocomposites of conductive fillers such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and inorganic nanowires in a polymer matrix are introduced. A case study examines poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) based materials, which up to now have shown the most promising thermoelectric performance. Finally, a discussion of the advantages provided by bulk architectures e.g. for wearable applications highlights the unique advantages that thermoelectric plastics promise to offer. PMID:27385496

  5. Thermoelectric plastics: from design to synthesis, processing and structure-property relationships.

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    Kroon, Renee; Mengistie, Desalegn Alemu; Kiefer, David; Hynynen, Jonna; Ryan, Jason D; Yu, Liyang; Müller, Christian

    2016-11-07

    Thermoelectric plastics are a class of polymer-based materials that combine the ability to directly convert heat to electricity, and vice versa, with ease of processing. Potential applications include waste heat recovery, spot cooling and miniature power sources for autonomous electronics. Recent progress has led to surging interest in organic thermoelectrics. This tutorial review discusses the current trends in the field with regard to the four main building blocks of thermoelectric plastics: (1) organic semiconductors and in particular conjugated polymers, (2) dopants and counterions, (3) insulating polymers, and (4) conductive fillers. The design and synthesis of conjugated polymers that promise to show good thermoelectric properties are explored, followed by an overview of relevant structure-property relationships. Doping of conjugated polymers is discussed and its interplay with processing as well as structure formation is elucidated. The use of insulating polymers as binders or matrices is proposed, which permit the adjustment of the rheological and mechanical properties of a thermoelectric plastic. Then, nanocomposites of conductive fillers such as carbon nanotubes, graphene and inorganic nanowires in a polymer matrix are introduced. A case study examines poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) based materials, which up to now have shown the most promising thermoelectric performance. Finally, a discussion of the advantages provided by bulk architectures e.g. for wearable applications highlights the unique advantages that thermoelectric plastics promise to offer.

  6. Tailored semiconducting carbon nanotube networks with enhanced thermoelectric properties

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    Avery, Azure D.; Zhou, Ben H.; Lee, Jounghee; Lee, Eui-Sup; Miller, Elisa M.; Ihly, Rachelle; Wesenberg, Devin; Mistry, Kevin S.; Guillot, Sarah L.; Zink, Barry L.; Kim, Yong-Hyun; Blackburn, Jeffrey L.; Ferguson, Andrew J.

    2016-04-01

    Thermoelectric power generation, allowing recovery of part of the energy wasted as heat, is emerging as an important component of renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolios. Although inorganic semiconductors have traditionally been employed in thermoelectric applications, organic semiconductors garner increasing attention as versatile thermoelectric materials. Here we present a combined theoretical and experimental study suggesting that semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes with carefully controlled chirality distribution and carrier density are capable of large thermoelectric power factors, higher than 340 μW m-1 K-2, comparable to the best-performing conducting polymers and larger than previously observed for carbon nanotube films. Furthermore, we demonstrate that phonons are the dominant source of thermal conductivity in the networks, and that our carrier doping process significantly reduces the thermal conductivity relative to undoped networks. These findings provide the scientific underpinning for improved functional organic thermoelectric composites with carbon nanotube inclusions.

  7. Tailored semiconducting carbon nanotube networks with enhanced thermoelectric properties

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    Avery, Azure D.; Zhou, Ben H.; Lee, Jounghee; ...

    2016-04-04

    Thermoelectric power generation, allowing recovery of part of the energy wasted as heat, is emerging as an important component of renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolios. Although inorganic semiconductors have traditionally been employed in thermoelectric applications, organic semiconductors garner increasing attention as versatile thermoelectric materials. Here we present a combined theoretical and experimental study suggesting that semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes with carefully controlled chirality distribution and carrier density are capable of large thermoelectric power factors, higher than 340 μW m-1 K-2, comparable to the best-performing conducting polymers and larger than previously observed for carbon nanotube films. Furthermore, we demonstrate thatmore » phonons are the dominant source of thermal conductivity in the networks, and that our carrier doping process significantly reduces the thermal conductivity relative to undoped networks. As a result, these findings provide the scientific underpinning for improved functional organic thermoelectric composites with carbon nanotube inclusions.« less

  8. Tailored semiconducting carbon nanotube networks with enhanced thermoelectric properties

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    Avery, Azure D.; Zhou, Ben H.; Lee, Jounghee; Lee, Eui -Sup; Miller, Elisa M.; Ihly, Rachelle; Wesenberg, Devin; Mistry, Kevin S.; Guillot, Sarah L.; Zink, Barry L.; Kim, Yong -Hyun; Blackburn, Jeffrey L.; Ferguson, Andrew J.

    2016-04-04

    Thermoelectric power generation, allowing recovery of part of the energy wasted as heat, is emerging as an important component of renewable energy and energy efficiency portfolios. Although inorganic semiconductors have traditionally been employed in thermoelectric applications, organic semiconductors garner increasing attention as versatile thermoelectric materials. Here we present a combined theoretical and experimental study suggesting that semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes with carefully controlled chirality distribution and carrier density are capable of large thermoelectric power factors, higher than 340 μW m-1 K-2, comparable to the best-performing conducting polymers and larger than previously observed for carbon nanotube films. Furthermore, we demonstrate that phonons are the dominant source of thermal conductivity in the networks, and that our carrier doping process significantly reduces the thermal conductivity relative to undoped networks. As a result, these findings provide the scientific underpinning for improved functional organic thermoelectric composites with carbon nanotube inclusions.

  9. Thermal and Thermoelectric Properties of Nanostructured Materials and Interfaces

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    Liao, Hao-Hsiang

    Many modern technologies are enabled by the use of thin films and/or nanostructured composite materials. For example, many thermoelectric devices, solar cells, power electronics, thermal barrier coatings, and hard disk drives contain nanostructured materials where the thermal conductivity of the material is a critical parameter for the device performance. At the nanoscale, the mean free path and wavelength of heat carriers may become comparable to or smaller than the size of a nanostructured material and/or device. For nanostructured materials made from semiconductors and insulators, the additional phonon scattering mechanisms associated with the high density of interfaces and boundaries introduces additional resistances that can significantly change the thermal conductivity of the material as compared to a macroscale counterpart. Thus, better understanding and control of nanoscale heat conduction in solids is important scientifically and for the engineering applications mentioned above. In this dissertation, I discuss my work in two areas dealing with nanoscale thermal transport: (1) I describe my development and advancement of important thermal characterization tools for measurements of thermal and thermoelectric properties of a variety of materials from thin films to nanostructured bulk systems, and (2) I discuss my measurements on several materials systems done with these characterization tools. First, I describe the development, assembly, and modification of a time-domain thermoreflectance (TDTR) system that we use to measure the thermal conductivity and the interface thermal conductance of a variety of samples including nanocrystalline alloys of Ni-Fe and Co-P, bulk metallic glasses, and other thin films. Next, a unique thermoelectric measurement system was designed and assembled for measurements of electrical resistivity and thermopower of thermoelectric materials in the temperature range of 20 to 350 °C. Finally, a commercial Anter Flashline 3000 thermal

  10. Photo-controllable thermoelectric properties with reversibility and photo-thermoelectric effects of tungsten trioxide accompanied by its photochromic phenomenon

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    Azuma, Chiori; Kawano, Takuto; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Irie, Hiroshi

    2014-11-07

    The addition of photo-controllable properties to tungsten trioxide (WO{sub 3}) is of interest for developing practical applications of WO{sub 3} as well as for interpreting such phenomena from scientific viewpoints. Here, a sputtered crystalline WO{sub 3} thin film generated thermoelectric power due to ultraviolet (UV) light-induced band-gap excitation and was accompanied by a photochromic reaction resulting from generating W{sup 5+} ions. The thermoelectric properties (electrical conductivity (σ) and Seebeck coefficient (S)) and coloration of WO{sub 3} could be reversibly switched by alternating the external stimulus between UV light irradiation and dark storage. After irradiating the film with UV light, σ increased, whereas the absolute value of S decreased, and the photochromic (coloration) reaction was detected. Notably, the opposite behavior was exhibited by WO{sub 3} after dark storage, and this reversible cycle could be repeated at least three times. Moreover, photo-thermoelectric effects (photo-conductive effect (photo-conductivity, σ{sub photo}) and photo-Seebeck effect (photo-Seebeck coefficient, S{sub photo})) were also detected in response to visible-light irradiation of the colored WO{sub 3} thin films. Under visible-light irradiation, σ{sub photo} and the absolute value of S{sub photo} increased and decreased, respectively. These effects are likely attributable to the excitation of electrons from the mid-gap visible light absorption band (W{sup 5+} state) to the conduction band of WO{sub 3}. Our findings demonstrate that the simultaneous, reversible switching of multiple properties of WO{sub 3} thin film is achieved by the application of an external stimulus and that this material exhibits photo-thermoelectric effects when irradiated with visible-light.

  11. Thermoelectric Materials for Low Temperature Cooling

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    2009-10-02

    Grauer , Y. S. Hor and R. J. Cava, Mat. Res. Bull. 44 1926 (2009). 4. Accomplishments/New Findings: Bi-Sb The elements Bi and Sb form a...students Christopher Holmes-Parker, David Grauer and Clifford Engle summer research.

  12. Electro-Optical Properties of Low-Temperature Growth Indium-tin-oxide Nanowires Using Polystyrene Spheres as Catalyst.

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    Li, Qiang; Gong, Zhina; Li, Yufeng; Liu, Hao; Feng, Lungang; Liu, Shuo; Yun, Feng

    2016-12-01

    Polystyrene sphere was chosen as a catalyst to fabricate indium-tin-oxide (ITO) nanowires (NWs) with a low-temperature (280-300 °C) electron-beam deposition process, bearing high purity. The ITO NWs with diameter of 20-50 nm and length of ~2 um were obtained. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscope show high crystal quality. The transmittance is above 90 % at a wavelength 400 nm or more, superior to the ITO bulk film. Owing to the unique morphology gradient of the ITO NWs, the effective refractive index of ITO NWs film is naturally graded from the bottom to the top. The ITO NWs have been used on LED devices (λ = 450 nm), which improved the light output power by 31 % at the current of 150 mA comparing to the one without NWs and did not deteriorate the electrical properties. Such ITO NWs open opportunity in LED devices to further improve light extraction efficiency.

  13. Dielectric Dispersion, Diffuse Phase Transition, and Electrical Properties of BCT-BZT Ceramics Sintered at a Low-Temperature

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    Tian, Yongshang; Gong, Yansheng; Meng, Dawei; Li, Yuanjian; Kuang, Boya

    2015-08-01

    Lead-free ceramics 0.50Ba0.9Ca0.1TiO3-0.50BaTi1- x Zr x O3 (BCT-BZT) were prepared via sintering BCT and BZT nanoparticles, which were synthesized using a modified Pechini polymeric precursor method, at a low temperature of 1260°C. The relative densities of the ceramics prepared with different zirconium contents ( x) were all above 95.3%, reaching a maximum of 97% when x = 0.08. X-ray diffraction results confirmed the onset of phase transformation from orthorhombic to rhombohedral symmetry with increasing zirconium contents, and the polymorphic phase transition was observed at x = 0.10. The dielectric dispersion, diffuse phase transition (DPT), and relaxor-like ferroelectric characteristics as a function of zirconium content were thoroughly studied. Optimum physical properties, remnant polarization ( P r) = 16.4 μC/cm2, piezoelectric constant ( d 33) = ~240 pC/N, and electromechanical coupling factor ( k p) = 0.22, were obtained at x = 0.10. The findings of the current DPT behavior study of BCT-BZT ceramics are believed to be insightful to the development of ferroelectric materials.

  14. Mechanical properties and XRD studies of silicon carbide inert matrix fuel fabricated by a low temperature polymer precursor route

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    Shih, Chunghao; Rohbeck, Nadia; Gopalakrishnan, Karthik; Tulenko, James S.; Baney, Ronald H.

    2013-01-01

    The mechanical properties of silicon carbide (SiC) inert matrix fuel (IMF) pellets fabricated by a low temperature (1050 °C) polymer precursor route were evaluated at room temperature. The Vickers hardness was mainly related to the chemical bonding strength between the amorphous SiC phase and the β-SiC particles. The biaxial fracture strength with pre-notch and fracture toughness were found to be mostly controlled by the pellet density. The maximum Vickers hardness, biaxial fracture strength with pre-notch and fracture toughness achieved were 5.6 GPa, 201 MPa and 2.9 MPa m1/2 respectively. These values appear to be superior to the reference MOX or UO2 fuels. Excellent thermal shock resistance for the fabricated SiC IMF was proven and the values were compared to conventional UO2 pellets. XRD studies showed that ceria (PuO2 surrogate) chemically reacted with the polymer precursor during sintering, forming cerium oxysilicate. Whether PuO2 will chemically react in a similar manner remains unclear.

  15. Synthesis and Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Carbon Nanotubes Grown at Low Temperatures by Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Wang, Yunyu; Shi, Li; Yao, Zhen; Ho, Paul

    2006-03-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have shown great potentials in versatile applications such as electron sources, heat interface materials and drug delivery vehicles due to their unique aspect ratio, thermal conductivity, and biocompatibility. CNTs have also attracted wide interests in applications for the next generation microelectronics, including interconnects, mainly due to its high current carrying capacity, i.e. >10^9 A/cm^2. However, CNTs have been commonly synthesized under high temperatures, e.g. > 1000 ^oC for laser ablation and arc discharge and 600-900 ^oC for chemical vapor deposition (CVD), which is not compatible with the < 450 ^oC requirement for microelectronic technology, and makes it difficult to integrate CNTs into integrated circuit chips. In this study, we present a controlled growth of CNTs at 450 ^oC using a simple thermal CVD method. It has been shown that a combination of catalyst choice and preheating precursors is critical for the formation of CNTs at low temperatures. As-grown CNTs have been characterized using scanning electron microscopy, where vertically aligned dense short nanotubes films with lengths of ˜ 400 nm have been observed. For applications in microelectronics, mechanical and electrical properties of short CNT films are tested and the results will be discussed. .

  16. Thermoelectric properties of two-dimensional topological insulators doped with nonmagnetic impurities

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    Li, L. L.; Xu, W.

    2014-07-07

    We present a theoretical study on the thermoelectric properties of two-dimensional topological insulators (2DTIs) doped with nonmagnetic impurities. We develop a tractable model to calculate the electronic band structure without additional input parameters and to evaluate the thermoelectric properties of 2DTIs based on CdTe/HgTe quantum wells. We find that with increasing the doping concentration of nonmagnetic impurity, the edge states dominate the thermoelectric transport and the bulk-state conduction is largely suppressed. For typical sample parameters, the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT (a quantity used to characterize the conversion efficiency of a thermoelectric device between the heat and electricity) can be much larger than 1, which is a great advance over conventional thermoelectric materials. Furthermore, we show that with decreasing the 2DTI ribbon width or the Hall-bar width, ZT can be considerably further improved. These results indicate that the CdTe/HgTe 2DTIs doped with nonmagnetic impurities can be potentially applied as high-efficiency thermoelectric materials and devices.

  17. Influence of low-temperature environmental exposure on the mechanical properties and structural stability of dental zirconia.

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    Alghazzawi, Tariq F; Lemons, Jack; Liu, Perng-Ru; Essig, Milton E; Bartolucci, Alfred A; Janowski, Gregg M

    2012-07-01

    The effect of dental fabrication procedures of zirconia monolithic restorations and changes in properties during low-temperature exposure in the oral environment is not completely understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of procedures for fabrication of dental restorations by low-temperature simulation and relative changes of flexural strength, nanoindentation hardness, Young's modulus, surface roughness, and structural stability of yttria-stabilized zirconia. A total of 64 zirconia specimens were prepared to simulate dental practice. The specimens were divided into the control group and the accelerated aging group. The simulated group followed the same procedure as the control group except for the aging treatment. Atomic force microscopy was used to measure surface roughness. The degree of tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation was determined using X-ray diffraction. Nanoindentation hardness and modulus measurements were carried out on the surface of the zirconia specimens using a nanoindenter XP/G200 system. The yttria levels for nonaged and aged specimens were measured using energy dispersive spectroscopy. Flexural strength was determined using the piston-on-three-ball test. The t-test was used to determine statistical significance. Means and standard deviations were calculated using all observations for each condition and evaluated using a group t-test (p < 0.05). The LTD treatment resulted in increased surface roughness (from 12.23 nm to 21.56 nm for Ra and 15.06 nm to 27.45 nm for RMS) and monoclinic phase fractions (from 2% to 21%), with a concomitant decrease in hardness (from 16.56 GPa to 15.14 GPa) and modulus (from 275.68 GPa to 256.56 GPa). Yttria content (from 4.43% to 4.46%) and flexural strength (from 586 MPa to 578 MPa) were not significantly altered, supporting longer term in vivo function without biomechanical fracture. The LTD treatment induced the tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation with surface roughening in

  18. Thermoelectric properties of SbNCa3 and BiNCa3 for thermoelectric devices and alternative energy applications

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    Bilal, M.; Khan, Banaras; Rahnamaye Aliabad, H. A.; Maqbool, M.; Jalai Asadabadi, S.; Ahmad, I.

    2014-05-01

    Thermoelectric properties of two antiperovskites SbNCa3 and BiNCa3 are calculated using first principles calculations. High values of Seebeck coefficients are observed for these materials. Electrical and thermal conductivities are also calculated. Increase in thermal conductivity and decrease in electrical conductivity are found with increasing temperature. The maximum values of thermal conductivity are 92×1014 W/m K s and 88×1014 W/m K s for SbNCa3 and BiNCa3 respectively at a temperature of 900 K. The peak values of 5×1020/Ω m s and 5.2×1020/Ω m s are achieved for n-type SbNCa3 and BiNCa3 respectively at a temperature of 300 K. Figure of merit is achieved for these materials at room temperature which shows that these materials can be useful for thermoelectric devices and alternative energy sources.

  19. Optical and low-temperature thermoelectric properties of phase-pure p-type InSe thin films

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    Urmila, K. S.; Namitha, T. A.; Philip, R. R.; Pradeep, B.

    2015-08-01

    Polycrystalline phase-pure p-type InSe thin films were deposited on glass substrates by reactive evaporation at an optimized substrate temperature of 473 ± 5 K and pressure of 10-5 mbar. The as-prepared InSe thin films were analyzed by X-ray diffractometry, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, electrical conductivity and Hall measurements. The lattice parameters, particle size, dislocation density, number of crystallites per unit area and the lattice strain of the prepared InSe thin films were calculated and found as a = 4.00 ± 0.002 Å and c = 16.68 ± 0.002 Å, 48 ± 2 nm, 4.34 × 1010 lines cm-2, 15.37 × 1010 cm-2 and 1.8 × 10-3, respectively. The as-deposited InSe thin films showed a direct allowed transition with an optical band gap of 1.35 ± 0.02 eV and high absorption coefficient of about 105 cm-1. The oscillator energy ( E o) and dispersion energy ( E d) were calculated using the single-oscillator Wemple and DiDomenico model. The p-type conductivity and photosensitivity of the as-prepared InSe thin films confirmed their potential application in photovoltaic devices. The mean free path, relaxation time, density of states, Fermi energy and effective mass of holes in the film were determined by correlating the results of thermopower and Hall measurements. The sudden and sharp increase in thermopower from 80 to 37 K was explained as due to the effect of phonon drag on charge carriers.

  20. Low-Temperature Thermoelectric Properties of PtSb2- x Te x for Cryogenic Peltier Cooling Applications

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    Waldrop, Spencer; Morelli, Donald

    2015-06-01

    PtSb2 is a potential material for cryogenic Peltier cooling applications because of its semimetal character with a high Seebeck coefficient and low electrical resistivity. To investigate the effects of n-type doping we studied PtSb2- x Te x with x between 0 and 0.04. A clear doping effect was observed, and the power factor was maximized for samples with x = 0.005, 0.02, and 0.04. If thermal conductivity reduction techniques can be used, this material may be a promising candidate for cryogenic Peltier cooling applications.

  1. The effect of electron-phonon interaction on the thermoelectric properties of defect zigzag nanoribbons

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    Kolesnikov, D. V.; Lobanov, D. A.; Osipov, V. A.

    2016-12-01

    Thermoelectric properties of graphene nanoribbons with periodic edge vacancies and antidot lattice are investigated. The electron-phonon interaction is taken into account in the framework of the Hubbard-Holstein model with the use of the Lang-Firsov unitary transformation scheme. The electron transmission function, the thermopower and the thermoelectric figure of merit are calculated. We have found that the electron-phonon interaction causes a decrease in the peak values of the thermoelectric figure of merit and the shift of the peak positions closer to the center of the bandgap. The effects are more pronounced for the secondary peaks that appear in the structures with periodic antidot.

  2. Low temperature thermoelastic and structural properties of LaGaO{sub 3} perovskite in the Pbnm phase

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    Knight, Kevin S.

    2012-10-15

    The thermoelastic and structural properties of LaGaO{sub 3} perovskite have been studied using high resolution neutron diffractometry at 158 temperatures between 11 K and 548 K. Data collected in 2 K intervals between 410 K and 430 K show no evidence for an intermediate phase between the low temperature phase in space group Pbnm and the high temperature phase in space group F3{sup Macron }2/n. From a simultaneous fit of the unit cell volume and the isochoric heat capacity, the phonon density of states in the Pbnm phase is shown to be approximated by a two-term Debye model, with characteristic temperatures 294(1) K and 831(1) K. Vibrational Debye temperatures, determined from fitting the temperature variation of the atomic displacement parameters, show the cations to be more associated with the lower characteristic temperature, whilst that for the anions, is closer to the higher characteristic temperature. Structural parameters are presented as the amplitudes of the seven symmetry-adapted basis-vectors of the aristotype phase, and a structural basis for the temperature-dependence of the bond lengths is outlined. The phase transition in both temperature and pressure arises when a non-bonded La-O distance approaches the La coordination sphere. - Graphical abstract: The weight fraction of the rhombohedral phase of LaGaO{sub 3} from the onset of the phase transition at 408 K to its completion at 430 K. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermoelastic properties of LaGaO{sub 3} analyzed as a two-term Debye model. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structure and bonding analyzed in terms of symmetry-adapted basis-vectors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Consistency between calorimetric and crystallographic measurements.

  3. Mechanical properties of thermoelectric lanthanum telluride from quantum mechanics

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    Li, Guodong; Aydemir, Umut; Wood, Max; Goddard, William A., III; Zhai, Pengcheng; Zhang, Qingjie; Snyder, G. Jeffrey

    2017-07-01

    Lanthanum telluride (La3Te4) is an n-type high-performance thermoelectric material in the high temperature range, but its mechanical properties remain unknown. Since we want robust mechanical properties for their integration into industrial applications, we report here quantum mechanics (QM) simulations to determine the ideal strength and deformation mechanisms of La3Te4 under pure shear deformations. Among all plausible shear deformation paths, we find that shearing along the (0 0 1)/< \\text{1} 0 0> slip system has the lowest ideal shear strength of 0.99 GPa, making it the most likely slip system to be activated under pressure. We find that the long range La-Te ionic interactions play the predominant role in resisting shear deformation. To enhance the mechanical strength, we suggest improving the long ionic La-Te bond stiffness to strengthen the ionic La-Te framework in La3Te4 by a defect-engineering strategy, such as partial substitution of La by Ce or Pr having isotypic crystal structures. This work provides the fundamental information to understand the intrinsic mechanics of La3Te4.

  4. Improved thermoelectric properties in heavily doped FeGa3

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    Ponnambalam, V.; Morelli, Donald T.

    2015-12-01

    FeGa3, a hybridization gap semiconductor, has been substituted with an n-type dopant Ge to form a series of compositions FeGa3-xGex. Electrical and thermal transport properties of these compositions have been studied. Change in carrier density (n) is evident from the Hall measurements. The carrier density (n) can be as high as ˜1021 cm-3 in these compositions. In order to study the role of heavy doping on the thermoelectric properties of FeGa3, an alloy series Fe1-yCoyGa3-xGex has also been synthesized with higher concentrations of Ge (x = 0.1-0.35) and Co (y = 0.1-0.5). From resistivity and Seebeck coefficient measurements, it appears that heavy doping is accomplished by the simultaneous substitutions of Ge and Co. The systematic change in both resistivity (ρ) and Seebeck coefficient (α) is possibly due to change in the carrier density (n). The power factor (PF) α2/ρ improves steadily with increasing carrier density and the best PF ˜1.1 mW/m K2 is observed for the heavily doped compositions at 875 K. In the alloy series Fe1-yCoyGa3-xGex, thermal conductivity is also reduced substantially due to point defect scattering. Due to higher power factors, the figure of merit ZT improves to 0.25 at 875 K for the heavily doped compositions.

  5. Anisotropic thermoelectric properties of layered compounds in SnX2 (X = S, Se): a promising thermoelectric material.

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    Sun, Bao-Zhen; Ma, Zuju; He, Chao; Wu, Kechen

    2015-11-28

    Thermoelectrics interconvert heat to electricity and are of great interest in waste heat recovery, solid-state cooling and so on. Here we assessed the potential of SnS2 and SnSe2 as thermoelectric materials at the temperature gradient from 300 to 800 K. Reflecting the crystal structure, the transport coefficients are highly anisotropic between a and c directions, in particular for the electrical conductivity. The preferred direction for both materials is the a direction in TE application. Most strikingly, when 800 K is reached, SnS2 can show a peak power factor (PF) of 15.50 μW cm(-1) K(-2) along the a direction, while a relatively low value (11.72 μW cm(-1) K(-2)) is obtained in the same direction of SnSe2. These values are comparable to those observed in thermoelectrics such as SnSe and SnS. At 300 K, the minimum lattice thermal conductivity (κmin) along the a direction is estimated to be about 0.67 and 0.55 W m(-1) K(-1) for SnS2 and SnSe2, respectively, even lower than the measured lattice thermal conductivity of Bi2Te3 (1.28 W m(-1) K(-1) at 300 K). The reasonable PF and κmin suggest that both SnS2 and SnSe2 are potential thermoelectric materials. Indeed, the estimated peak ZT can approach 0.88 for SnSe2 and a higher value of 0.96 for SnS2 along the a direction at a carrier concentration of 1.94 × 10(19) (SnSe2) vs. 2.87 × 10(19) cm(-3) (SnS2). The best ZT values in SnX2 (X = S, Se) are comparable to that in Bi2Te3 (0.8), a typical thermoelectric material. We hope that this theoretical investigation will provide useful information for further experimental and theoretical studies on optimizing the thermoelectric properties of SnX2 materials.

  6. Processing and nanostructure influences on mechanical properties of thermoelectric materials

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    Schmidt, Robert David

    Thermoelectric (TE) materials are materials that can generate an electric current from a thermal gradient, with possible service in recovery of waste heat such as engine exhaust. Significant progress has been made in improving TE conversion efficiency, typically reported according to the figure of merit, ZT, with several recent papers publishing ZT values above 2. Furthermore, cost reductions may be made by the use of lower cost elements such as Mg, Si, Sn, Pb, Se and S in TE materials, while achieving ZT values between 1.3 and 1.8. To be used in a device, the thermoelectric material must be able to withstand the applied thermal and mechanical forces without failure. However, these materials are brittle, with low fracture toughness typically less than 1.5 MPa-m1/2, and often less than 0.5 MPa-m1/2. For comparison, window glass is approximately 0.75 MPa-m1/2. They have been optimized with nanoprecipitates, nanoparticles, doping, alterations in stoichiometry, powder processing and other techniques, all of which may alter the mechanical properties. In this study, the effect of SiC nanoparticle additions in Mg2Si, SnTe and Ag nanoparticle additions in the skutterudite Ba0.3Co 4Sb12 on the elastic moduli, hardness and fracture toughness are measured. Large changes (˜20%) in the elastic moduli in SnTe 1+x as a function of x at 0 and 0.016 are shown. The effect on mechanical properties of doping and precipitates of CdS or ZnS in a PbS or PbSe matrix have been reported. Changes in sintering behavior of the skutterudite with the Ag nanoparticle additions were explored. Possible liquid phase sintering, with associated benefits in lower processing temperature, faster densification and lower cost, has been shown. A technique has been proposed for determining additional liquid phase sintering aids in other TE materials. The effects of porosity, grain size, powder processing method, and sintering method were explored with YbAl3 and Ba0.3Co4Sb 12, with the porosity dependence of

  7. Chemical Potential Tuning and Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties in Indium Selenides

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    Rhyee, Jong-Soo; Kim, Jin Hee

    2015-01-01

    Researchers have long been searching for the materials to enhance thermoelectric performance in terms of nano scale approach in order to realize phonon-glass-electron-crystal and quantum confinement effects. Peierls distortion can be a pathway to enhance thermoelectric figure-of-merit ZT by employing natural nano-wire-like electronic and thermal transport. The phonon-softening known as Kohn anomaly, and Peierls lattice distortion decrease phonon energy and increase phonon scattering, respectively, and, as a result, they lower thermal conductivity. The quasi-one-dimensional electrical transport from anisotropic band structure ensures high Seebeck coefficient in Indium Selenide. The routes for high ZT materials development of In4Se3−δ are discussed from quasi-one-dimensional property and electronic band structure calculation to materials synthesis, crystal growth, and their thermoelectric properties investigations. The thermoelectric properties of In4Se3−δ can be enhanced by electron doping, as suggested from the Boltzmann transport calculation. Regarding the enhancement of chemical potential, the chlorine doped In4Se3−δCl0.03 compound exhibits high ZT over a wide temperature range and shows state-of-the-art thermoelectric performance of ZT = 1.53 at 450 °C as an n-type material. It was proven that multiple elements doping can enhance chemical potential further. Here, we discuss the recent progress on the enhancement of thermoelectric properties in Indium Selenides by increasing chemical potential. PMID:28788002

  8. Nonlinear thermoelectric response due to energy-dependent transport properties of a quantum dot

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    Svilans, Artis; Burke, Adam M.; Svensson, Sofia Fahlvik; Leijnse, Martin; Linke, Heiner

    2016-08-01

    Quantum dots are useful model systems for studying quantum thermoelectric behavior because of their highly energy-dependent electron transport properties, which are tunable by electrostatic gating. As a result of this strong energy dependence, the thermoelectric response of quantum dots is expected to be nonlinear with respect to an applied thermal bias. However, until now this effect has been challenging to observe because, first, it is experimentally difficult to apply a sufficiently large thermal bias at the nanoscale and, second, it is difficult to distinguish thermal bias effects from purely temperature-dependent effects due to overall heating of a device. Here we take advantage of a novel thermal biasing technique and demonstrate a nonlinear thermoelectric response in a quantum dot which is defined in a heterostructured semiconductor nanowire. We also show that a theoretical model based on the Master equations fully explains the observed nonlinear thermoelectric response given the energy-dependent transport properties of the quantum dot.

  9. Enhanced Thermoelectric Properties of Cu2ZnSnSe4 with Ga-doping

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    Wei, Kaya; Beauchemin, Laura; Wang, Hsin; ...

    2015-08-10

    Gallium doped Cu2ZnSnSe4 quaternary chalcogenides with and without excess Cu were synthesized by elemental reaction and densified using hot pressing in order to investigate their high temperature thermoelectric properties. The resistivity, , and Seebeck coefficient, S, for these materials decrease with increased Ga-doping while both mobility and effective mass increase with Ga doping. The power factor (S2/ρ) therefore increases with Ga-doping. The highest thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT = 0.39 at 700 K) was obtained for the composition that had the lowest thermal conductivity. Our results suggest an approach to achieving optimized thermoelectric properties and are part of the continuingmore » effort to explore different quaternary chalcogenide compositions and structure types, as this class of materials continues to be of interest for thermoelectrics applications.« less

  10. The low temperature specific heat and electrical transport, magnetic properties of Pr0.65Ca0.35MnO3

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    Han, Zhiyong

    2017-02-01

    The magnetic properties, electrical transport properties, and low temperature specific heat of polycrystalline perovskite manganese oxide Pr0.65Ca0.35MnO3 have been investigated experimentally. It is found that there exists cluster glass state in the sample at low temperature besides the antiferromagnetic insulating state. With the increase of magnetic field, antiferromagnetic insulating state converts to ferromagnetic metal state and the Debye temperature decreases gradually. In addition, the low temperature electron specific heat in zero magnetic field is obviously larger than that of ordinary rare-earth manganites oxide and this phenomenon is related to the itinerant electrons in ferromagnetic cluster state and the disorder in Pr0.65Ca0.35MnO3.

  11. Evaluation of Thermoelectric Properties of Bite Alloys for the Optimization of Gas-Cooled Peltier Current Lead

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    Fujii, T.; Fukuda, S.; Kawahara, T.; Emoto, M.; Sugino, M.; Sun, J.; Hamabe, M.; Watanabe, H.; Yamaguchi, S.

    2010-04-01

    A direct current superconducting power transmission (DC-SCPT) test facility with 20-meter power cable has been developed in Chubu University. Heat leakage through current leads dominates in case of short-distance DC-SCPT. To solve this problem, we have developed special Peltier current lead (PCL) with bismuth telluride (BiTe) alloy is used as a Peltier material, and have studied a gas-cooled PCL as a novel type current lead for higher reduction of the heat leakage. In order to achieve high efficiency, highest thermoelectric figure of merit material is important to be used especially at low temperature conditions. In our work we measured the thermoelectric properties of BiTe samples, and optimized geometry of PCL by the numerical calculations. It was fount that the heat leakages through PCL and gas-cooled PCL are reduced to 55% and to 36% of the conventional copper current lead (CCL) at the self-cooling condition, correspondingly. PCL can reduce the total electric power consumption of the whole system. We also discuss the heat exchange ratio for the gas-cooled PCL, and extend this approach for further reduction of the heat leakage.

  12. Zigzag nanoribbons of two-dimensional silicene-like crystals: magnetic, topological and thermoelectric properties.

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    Wierzbicki, Michał; Barnaś, Józef; Swirkowicz, Renata

    2015-12-09

    The effects of electron-electron and spin-orbit interactions on the ground-state magnetic configuration and on the corresponding thermoelectric and spin thermoelectric properties in zigzag nanoribbons of two-dimensional hexagonal crystals are analysed theoretically. The thermoelectric properties of quasi-stable magnetic states are also considered. Of particular interest is the influence of Coulomb and spin-orbit interactions on the topological edge states and on the transition between the topological insulator and conventional gap insulator states. It is shown that the interplay of both interactions also has a significant impact on the transport and thermoelectric characteristics of the nanoribbons. The spin-orbit interaction also determines the in-plane magnetic easy axis. The thermoelectric properties of nanoribbons with in-plane magnetic moments are compared to those of nanoribbons with edge magnetic moments oriented perpendicularly to their plane. Nanoribbons with ferromagnetic alignment of the edge moments are shown to reveal spin thermoelectricity in addition to the conventional one.

  13. Seebeck Enhancement Through Miniband Conduction in III-V Semiconductor Superlattices at Low Temperatures

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    Bahk, Je-Hyeong; Sadeghian, Ramin Banan; Bian, Zhixi; Shakouri, Ali

    2012-06-01

    We present theoretically that the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient of InGaAs/InGaAlAs III-V semiconductor superlattices can be significantly enhanced through miniband transport at low temperatures. The miniband dispersion curves are calculated by self-consistently solving the Schrödinger equation with the periodic potential, and the Poisson equation taking into account the charge transfer between the two layers. Boltzmann transport in the relaxation-time approximation is used to calculate the thermoelectric transport properties in the cross-plane direction based on the modified density of states and group velocity. It is found that the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient can be enhanced more than 60% over the bulk values at an equivalent doping level at 80 K when the Fermi level is aligned at an edge of the minibands. Other thermoelectric transport properties are also calculated and discussed to further enhance the thermoelectric power factor.

  14. A System-Level Approach to Thermoelectric Material Property Optimization

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    Crane, D. T.; Lorimer, A.; Hannemann, C.; Reifenberg, J.; Miller, L.; Scullin, M.

    2015-06-01

    The opportunities for creating the most effective thermoelectric (TE) material can be maximized by considering the full system for a given application when developing the material. If conversion efficiency is the only consideration in the design of a TE material, then maximizing average ZT over the largest temperature range may be the best choice. If the system or end application is unknown or not well defined, this design path may also be the best choice. However, there are more factors that should affect TE material design choice than just maximizing average ZT when considering the system-level attributes of an application. The following paper demonstrates how other aspects of the design affect how TE material properties (Seebeck coefficient, electrical resistivity, and thermal conductivity) can be tuned to get maximum performance for a given application. These other aspects include device and system level parasitic losses, constraints, and design objectives. Simulation results are provided that demonstrate how a TE material with a lower average ZT can be more effective depending on the design objective than a TE material with a higher average ZT.

  15. Friction properties of PTFE, h-BN and Al-4%Cu alloy in a vacuum at super low temperature

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    Yokoi, Koichi; Okada, Katsuzo

    Friction with ploughing components at super low temperature ina vacuum was studied on the soft plates of PTFE, h-BN and Al-4%Cu alloy sliding with the hard pins of 18-8 stainless steel with a pin-on-plate friction tester. The chief finding was that the friction was affected by low temperature ; for all the same load, friction forces of both of PTFE and h-BN were 16K > 300K, that of Al-4%Cu alloy was 16K <300K.

  16. Electrical and thermoelectric properties of different compositions of Ge-Se-In thin films

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    Aly, K. A.; Dahshan, A.; Abbady, Gh.; Saddeek, Y.

    2016-09-01

    The effect of temperature in the range of 300-450 K and the indium content on the electrical and thermoelectric properties of Ge20Se80-xInx (0.0≤x≤24 at%) chalcogenide glassy thin films have been studied. From dc electrical and thermoelectric measurements, it was observed that the activation energies for electrical conductivity (ΔE) and for thermoelectric (ΔEs) decrease while the conductivity (σ) and Seebeck coefficient (S) increase upon introducing In into the Ge-Se glasses. In contrast to the behavior obtained with Bi or Pb doping, In incorporated in Ge-Se does not lead to a p-to n-type conduction inversion. The power factor (P) which is strongly depends on both of the Seebeck coefficient and the electrical conductivity. According to the obtained results, the Ge20Se80-xInx films can be considered potential candidates for incurring high action thermoelectric materials.

  17. First-principles study of thermoelectric transport properties of monolayer gallium chalcogenides

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    Ge, Xu-Jin; Qin, Dan; Yao, Kai-Lun; Lü, Jing-Tao

    2017-10-01

    Through first-principles calculations, we study the thermoelectric transport properties of monolayer gallium chalcogenides GaX with X being S, Se or Te. We show that, the Mexican-hat-shaped dispersion near the valence band maximum, absent in the bulk, effectively enhances their thermoelectric performance. We analyze these results using a simple model Hamiltonian, and show that it can be understood as an effective one-dimensional band structure emerging from these two-dimensional materials. These results support recent proposals of using low-dimensional electronic band in high-dimensional materials in the search of new high-performance thermoelectric materials. Moreover, for n-doping, we find that strain engineering could be an efficient way of tuning the position of conduction band minimum and the corresponding thermoelectric performance.

  18. Assessing the thermoelectric properties of single InSb nanowires: the role of thermal contact resistance

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    Yazji, S.; Swinkels, M. Y.; De Luca, M.; Hoffmann, E. A.; Ercolani, D.; Roddaro, S.; Abstreiter, G.; Sorba, L.; Bakkers, E. P. A. M.; Zardo, I.

    2016-06-01

    The peculiar shape and dimensions of nanowires (NWs) have opened the way to their exploitation in thermoelectric applications. In general, the parameters entering into the thermoelectric figure of merit are strongly interdependent, which makes it difficult to realize an optimal thermoelectric material. In NWs, instead, the power factor can be increased and the thermal conductivity reduced, thus boosting the thermoelectric efficiency compared to bulk materials. However, the assessment of all the thermoelectric properties of a NW is experimentally very challenging. Here, we focus on InSb NWs, which have proved to be promising thermoelectric materials. The figure of merit is accurately determined by using a novel method based on a combination of Raman spectroscopy and electrical measurements. Remarkably, this type of experiment provides a powerful approach allowing us to neglect the role played by thermal contact resistance. Furthermore, we compare the thermal conductivity determined by this novel method to the one determined on the same sample by the thermal bridge method. In this latter approach, the thermal contact resistance is a non-negligible parameter, especially in NWs with large diameters. We provide experimental evidence of the crucial role played by thermal contact resistance in the assessment of the thermal properties of nanostructures, using two different measurement methods of the thermal conductivity.

  19. Thermoelectric Properties of CuAgSe doped with Co, Cr

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    Czajka, Peter; Yao, Mengliang; Opeil, Cyril

    Thermoelectric materials represent one way that reliable cooling below the boiling point of nitrogen can be realized. Current materials do not exhibit sufficiently high efficiencies at cryogenic temperatures, but significant progress is being made. One material that has generated significant interest recently is CuAgSe. It has been demonstrated (Ishiwata et al., Nature Mater. 2013) that doping CuAgSe with 10% Ni at the Cu sites increases the material's thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) at 100 K from 0.02 to 0.10. This is intriguing not just because of the dramatic effect that the Ni doping produces, but also because CuAgSe is a semimetal and semimetals are not usually able to exhibit the kind of asymmetric carrier activation necessary for strong thermoelectric performance. In order to further investigate the unusual nature of thermoelectricity in CuAgSe and its strong dependence on chemical composition, we have synthesized and measured the thermoelectric properties of a series of CuAgSe samples doped with Co and Cr. Temperature-dependent magnetic and thermoelectric transport properties of CuAgSe as a function of Co and Cr doping will be discussed. This work is supported by the Department of Defense, AFOSR, MURI Program Contract # FA9550-10-1-0533 and the Trustees of Boston College.

  20. The effect of Coulomb interactions on thermoelectric properties of quantum dots

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    Zimbovskaya, Natalya; Kuzmin, Valery

    2014-03-01

    Thermoelectric effects in a quantum dot coupled to the source and drain charge reservoirs are explored using a nonequilibrium Green's functions formalism beyond the Hartree-Fock approxomation. We concentrate on theoretical analysis of the influence of Coulomb interactions on thermopower and the figure of merit ZT . Obtained results show that Coulomb interactions between charge carriers on the dot significantly contribute to its thermoelectric properties. In the present work, we trace the transition from the Coulomb blockade regime to Kondo regime in the thermoelectric properties of the quantum dot which occurs when we gradually strengthen the coupling of the dot to the charge reservoirs. We show that within the Coulomb blockade regime (when the coupling of the dot to the leads is weak compared to the characteristic strength of the charge carriers interactions) thermoelectric characteristics of the dot display distinct features caused by Coulomb interactions. These features indicate possibilities of enhancement of thermoelectric efficiency of the considered systems. Within the Kondo regime, when the couplings of the dot to the leads became stronger, the influence of Coulomb interactions declines bringing a decrease in the the thermoelectric efficiency.

  1. Perspective: Web-based machine learning models for real-time screening of thermoelectric materials properties

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    Gaultois, Michael W.; Oliynyk, Anton O.; Mar, Arthur; Sparks, Taylor D.; Mulholland, Gregory J.; Meredig, Bryce

    2016-05-01

    The experimental search for new thermoelectric materials remains largely confined to a limited set of successful chemical and structural families, such as chalcogenides, skutterudites, and Zintl phases. In principle, computational tools such as density functional theory (DFT) offer the possibility of rationally guiding experimental synthesis efforts toward very different chemistries. However, in practice, predicting thermoelectric properties from first principles remains a challenging endeavor [J. Carrete et al., Phys. Rev. X 4, 011019 (2014)], and experimental researchers generally do not directly use computation to drive their own synthesis efforts. To bridge this practical gap between experimental needs and computational tools, we report an open machine learning-based recommendation engine (thermoelectrics.citrination.com">http://thermoelectrics.citrination.com) for materials researchers that suggests promising new thermoelectric compositions based on pre-screening about 25 000 known materials and also evaluates the feasibility of user-designed compounds. We show this engine can identify interesting chemistries very different from known thermoelectrics. Specifically, we describe the experimental characterization of one example set of compounds derived from our engine, RE12Co5Bi (RE = Gd, Er), which exhibits surprising thermoelectric performance given its unprecedentedly high loading with metallic d and f block elements and warrants further investigation as a new thermoelectric material platform. We show that our engine predicts this family of materials to have low thermal and high electrical conductivities, but modest Seebeck coefficient, all of which are confirmed experimentally. We note that the engine also predicts materials that may simultaneously optimize all three properties entering into zT; we selected RE12Co5Bi for this study due to its interesting chemical composition and known facile synthesis.

  2. Study of the Spectral Properties of Nanocomposites with CdSe Quantum Dots in a Wide Range of Low Temperatures

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    Magaryan, K. A.; Eremchev, I. Y.; Karimullin, K. R.; Knyazev, M. V.; Mikhailov, M. A.; Vasilieva, I. A.; Klimusheva, G. V.

    2015-09-01

    Luminescence spectra of the colloidal solution of CdSe quantum dots (in toluene) were studied in a wide range of low temperatures. Samples were synthesized in the liquid crystal matrix of cadmium octanoate (CdC8). A comparative analysis of the obtained data with previous results was performed.

  3. Experimental Platform for Studying Thermoelectric Properties in Vacuum Gaps and Molecular Junctions

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    Jeong, Wonho; Kim, Youngsang; Kim, Kyeongtae; Lee, Woochul; Reddy, Pramod

    2014-03-01

    Electromigrated break junction (EBJ) based molecular devices have enabled many research groups to study nanoscale charge transport. Although EBJ devices have been extensively used due to the advantages of a three terminal configuration in tuning the electronic structure, it has not been possible to use them to study thermoelectric properties. This is because creating temperature differentials across the nanogap of EBJs is technically challenging. In order to overcome this experimental limitation, we carefully designed and created a new experimental platform (EBJIH, EBJ with integrated heater) that enables us to study thermoelectric properties in vacuum gaps and molecular junctions. To prove that temperature differentials can be established in these three terminal devices, we performed nanometer resolution thermal imaging using scanning thermal microscopy under UHV conditions. The results clearly show that temperature differentials can indeed be established in the devices. Further, we have used these devices to study the thermoelectric properties of vacuum gaps between gold electrodes and found that the thermoelectric properties were very sensitive to gap dimensions. We are also currently adopting this platform to study thermoelectric properties in molecular junctions.

  4. Low-Temperature Aging of Delta-Ferrite in 316L SS Welds; Changes in Mechanical Properties and Etching Properties

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    Abe, Hiroshi; Shimizu, Keita; Watanabe, Yutaka

    Thermal aging embrittlement of LWR components made of stainless cast (e.g. CF-8 and CF-8M) is a potential degradation issue, and careful attention has been paid on it. Although welds of austenitic stainless steels (SSs) have γ-δ duplex microstructure, which is similar to that of the stainless cast, examination on thermal aging characteristics of the SS welds is very limited. In order to evaluate thermal aging behavior of weld metal of austenitic stainless steel, the 316L SS weld metal has been prepared and changes in mechanical properties and in etching properties at isothermal aging at 335°C have been investigated. The hardness of the ferrite phase has increased with aging, while the hardness of austenite phase has stayed same. It has been suggested that spinodal decomposition has occurred in δ-ferrite by the 335°C aging. The etching rates of δ-ferrite at immersion test in 5wt% hydrochloric acid solution have been also investigated using an AFM technique. The etching rate of ferrite phase has decreased consistently with the increase in hardness of ferrite phase. It has been thought that this characteristic is also caused by spinodal decomposition of ferrite into chromium-rich (α') and iron-rich (α).

  5. Thermoelectric properties of n-type polycrystalline BixSb2-xTe3 alloys

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    Snyder, J.; Gerovac, N.; Caillat, T.

    2002-01-01

    (BixSbl-x)2Te3(.5 = x = .7) polycrystalline samples were synthesized using a combination of melting and powder metallurgy techniques. The samples were hot pressed in graphite dies and cut perpendicular and parallel to the pressing direction. Samples were examined by microprobe analysis to determine their atomic composition. The thermoelectric properties were measured at room temperature in both directions. These properties include Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity, and Hall effect. The thermoelectric figure-of-merit, ZT, was calculated fiom these properties.

  6. Thermoelectric properties of n-type PbSe revisited

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    Parker, David S; Singh, David J; Ren, Zhifeng; Zhang, Qinyong

    2012-01-01

    It was recently predicted \\cite{parker} and experimentally confirmed \\cite{sny_PbSe} that $p$-type PbSe would be a good thermoelectric material. Recent experimental work \\cite{pers2} now suggests that $n$-type PbSe can also be a good thermoelectric material. We now re-examine the thermoelectric performance of PbSe with a revised approximation which improves band gap accuracy. We now find that $n$-type PbSe {\\it can} be a high performance material, with thermopowers as high in magnitude as 250 $\\mu$V/K at 1000 K and 300 $\\mu$V/K at 800 K. Optimal 1000 K $n$-type doping ranges are between 2 $\\times 10^{19}$cm$^{-3}$ and 8 $\\times 10^{19}$cm$^{-3}$, while at 800 K the corresponding range is from 7 $\\times$10$^{18}$ to 4 $\\times $10$^{19}$ cm$^{-3}$.

  7. Investigation to the deep center related properties of low temperature grown InPBi with Hall and photoluminescence

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    Wang, Peng; Pan, Wenwu; Wu, Xiaoyan; Wang, Kai; Yue, Li; Gong, Qian; Wang, Shumin

    2015-12-15

    InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} epilayers with bismuth (Bi) concentration x= 1.0% were grown on InP by gas source molecular beam epitaxy (GS-MBE) at low temperature (LT). Bi incorporation decreased the intrinsic free electron concentration of low temperature grown InP indicated by hall analysis. It is concluded that deep level center was introduced by Bi. Influence of Si doping on the InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} films Photoluminescence (PL) was investigated. N-type doping in the InP{sub 1-x}Bi{sub x} epilayers was found to be effective at PL enhancement. Blue shift of InPBi PL emission wavelength was observed as the Si doping concentration increasing. Two independent peaks were fitted and their temperature dependence behavior was observed to be distinct obviously. Two individual radiative recombination processes were expected to be involved.

  8. Effect of Initial Bulk Material Composition on Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Te3 Thin Films

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    Budnik, A. V.; Rogacheva, E. I.; Pinegin, V. I.; Sipatov, A. Yu.; Fedorov, A. G.

    2013-07-01

    V2VI3 compounds and solid solutions based on them are known to be the best low-temperature thermoelectric (TE) materials. The predicted possibility of enhancement of the TE figure of merit in two-dimensional (2D) structures has stimulated studies of the properties of these materials in the thin-film state. The goal of the present work is to study the dependences of the Seebeck coefficient S, electrical conductivity σ, Hall coefficient R H, charge carrier mobility μ H, and TE power factor P = S 2 σ of Bi2Te3 thin films on the composition of the initial bulk material used for preparing them. Thin films with thickness d = 200 nm to 250 nm were grown by thermal evaporation in vacuum of stoichiometric Bi2Te3 crystals (60.0 at.% Te) and of crystals with 62.8 at.% Te onto glass substrates at temperatures T S of 320 K to 500 K. It was established that the conductivity type of the initial material is reproduced in films fairly well. For both materials, an increase in T S leads to an increase in the thin-film structural perfection, better correspondence between the film composition and that of the initial material, and increase in S, R H, μ H, σ, and P. The room-temperature maximum values of P for the films grown from crystals with 60.0 at.% and 62.8 at.% Te are P = 7.5 × 10-4 W/K2 m and 35 × 10-4 W/K2 m, respectively. Thus, by using Bi2Te3 crystals with different stoichiometry as initial materials, one can control the conductivity type and TE parameters of the films, applying a simple and low-cost method of thermal evaporation from a single source.

  9. The Features of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Metastable Austenitic Steel Subjected to Low-Temperature and Subsequent Warm Deformation

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    Litovchenko, I. Yu.; Akkuzin, S. A.; Polekhina, N. A.; Tyumentsev, A. N.; Naiden, E. P.

    2016-10-01

    The features of microstructure and phase composition of metastable austenitic steel subjected to thermomechanical treatment, including low-temperature processing accompanied by warm rolling deformation, are investigated. Direct (γ → α΄) and reverse strain-induced martensitic transformations are shown to take place, followed by the formation of submicrocrystalline states and 3-4-fold increase in the yield point values. The mechanisms of formation of submicrocrystalline states and the reasons for increased strength are discussed.

  10. Evaluation of Temperature-Dependent Effective Material Properties and Performance of a Thermoelectric Module

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    Chien, Heng-Chieh; Chu, En-Ting; Hsieh, Huey-Lin; Huang, Jing-Yi; Wu, Sheng-Tsai; Dai, Ming-Ji; Liu, Chun-Kai; Yao, Da-Jeng

    2013-07-01

    We devised a novel method to evaluate the temperature-dependent effective properties of a thermoelectric module (TEM): Seebeck coefficient ( S m), internal electrical resistance ( R m), and thermal conductance ( K m). After calculation, the effective properties of the module are converted to the average material properties of a p- n thermoelectric pillar pair inside the module: Seebeck coefficient ( S TE), electrical resistivity ( ρ TE), and thermal conductivity ( k TE). For a commercial thermoelectric module (Altec 1091) chosen to verify the novel method, the measured S TE has a maximum value at bath temperature of 110°C; ρ TE shows a positive linear trend dependent on the bath temperature, and k TE increases slightly with increasing bath temperature. The results show the method to have satisfactory measurement performance in terms of practicability and reliability; the data for tests near 23°C agree with published values.

  11. Thermoelectric and mechanical properties of gapless Zr2MnAl compound

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    Yousuf, Saleem; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2017-01-01

    We present the study of elastic and magnetic properties of Zr2MnAl full-Heusler alloys within the first-principles density functional theory. The lattice constant, magnetic moment, bulk modulus and density of states are calculated using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave method in the generalized gradient approximation scheme. The thermoelectric properties are studied between the temperature range of 50-800 K. Seebeck coefficient (S) measurements indicate the material as n-type with large S value of -83.06 μV/K at 400 K. The material shows higher efficiency for thermoelectric use with figure of merit equal to 0.92 at 400 K relatively higher in comparison for the other full Heusler compounds in these temperature ranges. The behaviour of gapless character is mainly responsible for the anomalous transport properties of the material required for the thermoelectric applications.

  12. Thermoelectric properties of Nb3SbxTe7-x compounds

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    Snyder, J.; Wang, S.; Caillat, T.

    2002-01-01

    Niobium antimony telluride, Nb3Sbx,Te7-x, was synthesized and tested for thermoelectric properties in the Thermoelectrics group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The forty atoms per unit cell of Nb3Sb2Te5 and its varied mixture of atoms yield acomplicated structure, suggesting that Nb3Sb2Te5 and related compounds may exhibit low thermal conductivity and hence a higher ZT value. Nb3SbxTe7-x, compounds were synthesized and subsequently analyzed for their Seebeck voltage, heat conduction, and electrical resistivity. Results indicate that Nb3Sb2Te5 is a heavily doped semiconductor whose thermoelectric properties are compromised by compensating n-type and p-type carriers. Attempts to dope in favor of either carrier by varying the Sb:Te ratio yielded samples containing secondary metallic phases that dominated the transport properties of the resulting compounds.

  13. Thermoelectric Properties of Indium and Gallium Dually Doped ZnO Thin Films.

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    Tran Nguyen, Nhat Hong; Nguyen, Truong Huu; Liu, Yi-Ren; Aminzare, Masoud; Pham, Anh Tuan Thanh; Cho, Sunglae; Wong, Deniz P; Chen, Kuei-Hsien; Seetawan, Tosawat; Pham, Ngoc Kim; Ta, Hanh Kieu Thi; Tran, Vinh Cao; Phan, Thang Bach

    2016-12-14

    We investigated the effect of single and multidopants on the thermoelectrical properties of host ZnO films. Incorporation of the single dopant Ga in the ZnO films improved the conductivity and mobility but lowered the Seebeck coefficient. Dual Ga- and In-doped ZnO thin films show slightly decreased electrical conductivity but improved Seebeck coefficient. The variation of thermoelectric properties is discussed in terms of film crystallinity, which is subject to the dopants' radius. Small amounts of In dopants with a large radius may introduce localized regions in the host film, affecting the thermoelectric properties. Consequently, a 1.5 times increase in power factor, three times reduction in thermal conductivity, and 5-fold enhancement in the figure of merit ZT have been achieved at 110 °C. The results also indicate that the balanced control of both electron and lattice thermal conductivities through dopant selection are necessary to attain low total thermal conductivity.

  14. Thermoelectric properties of Nb3SbxTe7-x compounds

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    Snyder, J.; Wang, S.; Caillat, T.

    2002-01-01

    Niobium antimony telluride, Nb3Sbx,Te7-x, was synthesized and tested for thermoelectric properties in the Thermoelectrics group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The forty atoms per unit cell of Nb3Sb2Te5 and its varied mixture of atoms yield acomplicated structure, suggesting that Nb3Sb2Te5 and related compounds may exhibit low thermal conductivity and hence a higher ZT value. Nb3SbxTe7-x, compounds were synthesized and subsequently analyzed for their Seebeck voltage, heat conduction, and electrical resistivity. Results indicate that Nb3Sb2Te5 is a heavily doped semiconductor whose thermoelectric properties are compromised by compensating n-type and p-type carriers. Attempts to dope in favor of either carrier by varying the Sb:Te ratio yielded samples containing secondary metallic phases that dominated the transport properties of the resulting compounds.

  15. Preparation and Thermoelectric Properties of Semiconcucting Zn(sub 4) Sb(sub 3)

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    Caillat, T.; Fleurial, J. P.; Barshchevsky, A.

    1996-01-01

    Hot-pressed samples fothe semiconducting compound Beta - Zn(sub 4) Sb(sub 3) were prepared and characterized by x-ray and microprobe analysis. Some physical properties of Beta - Zn(sub 4) Sb(sub 3) were determined and its thermoelectric properties measured between room temperature and 650K.

  16. Chemical Precipitation Synthesis and Thermoelectric Properties of Copper Sulfide

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    Wu, Sixin; Jiang, Jing; Liang, Yinglin; Yang, Ping; Niu, Yi; Chen, Yide; Xia, Junfeng; Wang, Chao

    2017-04-01

    Earth-abundant copper sulfide compounds have been intensively studied as potential thermoelectric materials due to their high dimensionless figure of merit ZT values. They have a unique phonon-liquid electron-crystal model that helps to achieve high thermoelectric performance. Many methods, such as melting and ball-milling, have been adopted to synthesize this copper sulfide compound, but they both use expensive starting materials with high purity. Here, we develop a simple chemical precipitation approach to synthesize copper sulfide materials through low-cost analytically pure compounds as the starting materials. A high ZT value of 0.93 at 800 K was obtained from the samples annealed at 1273 K. Its power factor is around 8.0 μW cm-1 K-2 that is comparable to the highest record reported by traditional methods. But, the synthesis here has been greatly simplified with reduced cost, which will be of great benefit to the potential mass production of thermoelectric devices. Furthermore, this method can be applied to the synthesis of other sulfur compound thermoelectric materials.

  17. Effect of interfacial properties on polymer-nanocrystal thermoelectric transport.

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    Coates, Nelson E; Yee, Shannon K; McCulloch, Bryan; See, Kevin C; Majumdar, Arun; Segalman, Rachel A; Urban, Jeffrey J

    2013-03-20

    The electrical behavior of a conducting-polymer/inorganic-nanowire composite is explained with a model in which carrier transport occurs predominantly through a highly conductive volume of polymer that exists at the polymer-nanowire interface. This result highlights the importance of controlling nanoscale interfaces for thermoelectric materials, and provides a general route for improving carrier transport in organic/inorganic composites.

  18. Thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers from the first-principles calculations

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    Guo, San-Dong; Wang, Yue-Hua

    2017-01-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) materials may have potential applications in thermoelectric devices. In this work, the thermoelectric properties of orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers AB (A = Ge and Sn; B = S and Se) are systematically investigated by the first-principles calculations and semiclassical Boltzmann transport theory. The spin-orbit coupling (SOC) is considered for their electron part, which produces observable effects on the power factor, especially for n-type doping. According to the calculated ZT, the four monolayers exhibit diverse anisotropic thermoelectric properties although they have a similar hinge-like crystal structure. The GeS along zigzag and armchair directions shows the strongest anisotropy, while SnS and SnSe show mostly isotropic efficiency of thermoelectric conversion. This can be explained by the strength of anisotropy of their respective power factor and electronic and lattice thermal conductivities. The calculated results show that the ZT between n- and p-type doping has little difference for GeS, SnS, and SnSe. It is found that GeSe, SnS, and SnSe show better thermoelectric performance compared to GeS in n-type doping and that SnS and SnSe exhibit higher efficiency of thermoelectric conversion in p-type doping. Compared to other many 2D materials, orthorhombic group IV-VI monolayers AB (A = Ge and Sn; B = S and Se) may possess better thermoelectric performance due to lower lattice thermal conductivities. Our work would be beneficial to stimulate further theoretical and experimental works.

  19. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of bismuth telluride-organic hybrid films via graphene doping

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    Rahman, Airul Azha Abd; Umar, Akrajas Ali; Chen, Xiaomei; Salleh, Muhamad Mat; Oyama, Munetaka

    2016-02-01

    The thermoelectric properties of graphene-doped bismuth telluride-PEDOT:PSS-glycerol (hybrid) films were investigated. Prior to the study, p-type and n-type hybrid films were prepared by doping the PEDOT:PSS-glycerol with the p- and n-type bismuth telluride. Graphene-doped hybrid films were prepared by adding graphene particles of concentration ranging from 0.02 to 0.1 wt% into the hybrid films. Films of graphene-doped hybrid system were then prepared on a glass substrate using a spin-coating technique. It was found that the electrical conductivity of the hybrid films increases with the increasing of the graphene-dopant concentration and optimum at 0.08 wt% for both p- and n-type films, namely 400 and 195 S/cm, respectively. Further increasing in the concentration caused a decreasing in the electrical conductivity. Analysis of the thermoelectric properties of the films obtained that the p-type film exhibited significant improvement in its thermoelectric properties, where the thermoelectric properties increased with the increasing of the doping concentration. Meanwhile, for the case of n-type film, graphene doping showed a negative effect to the thermoelectrical properties, where the thermoelectric properties decreased with the increasing of doping concentration. Seebeck coefficient (and power factor) for optimum p-type and n-type hybrid thin films, i.e., doped with 0.08 wt% of graphene, is 20 μV/K (and 160 μW m-1 K-2) and 10 μV/K (and 19.5 μW m-1 K-2), respectively. The obtained electrical conductivity and thermoelectric properties of graphene-doped hybrid film are interestingly several orders higher than the pristine hybrid films. A thermocouple device fabricated utilizing the p- and n-type graphene-doped hybrid films can generate an electric voltage as high as 2.2 mV under a temperature difference between the hot-side and the cold-side terminal as only low as 55 K. This is equivalent to the output power as high as 24.2 nW (for output load as high as 50

  20. Four-probe measurements of the in-plane thermoelectric properties of nanofilms

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    Mavrokefalos, Anastassios; Pettes, Michael T.; Zhou Feng; Shi Li

    2007-03-15

    Measuring in-plane thermoelectric properties of submicron thin films has remained a challenging task. Here we report a method based on a suspended microdevice for four-probe measurements of the Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, and thermoelectric figure of merit of patterned indium arsenide (InAs) nanofilms assembled on the microdevice. The contact thermal resistance and intrinsic thermal resistance of the 40 nm thick InAs nanofilm sample were measured by using the nanofilm itself as a differential thermocouple to determine the temperature drops at the contacts. The microdevice was also used to measure a 190 nm thick silicon dioxide (SiO{sub 2}) film and the results were compared with those reported in the literature. A through-substrate hole under the suspended microdevice allows for transmission electron microscopy characterization of the nanofilm sample assembled on the device. This capability enables one to correlate the measured thermoelectric properties with the crystal structures of the nanofilm.

  1. Four-probe measurements of the in-plane thermoelectric properties of nanofilms.

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    Mavrokefalos, Anastassios; Pettes, Michael T; Zhou, Feng; Shi, Li

    2007-03-01

    Measuring in-plane thermoelectric properties of submicron thin films has remained a challenging task. Here we report a method based on a suspended microdevice for four-probe measurements of the Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, and thermoelectric figure of merit of patterned indium arsenide (InAs) nanofilms assembled on the microdevice. The contact thermal resistance and intrinsic thermal resistance of the 40 nm thick InAs nanofilm sample were measured by using the nanofilm itself as a differential thermocouple to determine the temperature drops at the contacts. The microdevice was also used to measure a 190 nm thick silicon dioxide (SiO(2)) film and the results were compared with those reported in the literature. A through-substrate hole under the suspended microdevice allows for transmission electron microscopy characterization of the nanofilm sample assembled on the device. This capability enables one to correlate the measured thermoelectric properties with the crystal structures of the nanofilm.

  2. Four-probe measurements of the in-plane thermoelectric properties of nanofilms

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    Mavrokefalos, Anastassios; Pettes, Michael T.; Zhou, Feng; Shi, Li

    2007-03-01

    Measuring in-plane thermoelectric properties of submicron thin films has remained a challenging task. Here we report a method based on a suspended microdevice for four-probe measurements of the Seebeck coefficient, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, and thermoelectric figure of merit of patterned indium arsenide (InAs) nanofilms assembled on the microdevice. The contact thermal resistance and intrinsic thermal resistance of the 40nm thick InAs nanofilm sample were measured by using the nanofilm itself as a differential thermocouple to determine the temperature drops at the contacts. The microdevice was also used to measure a 190nm thick silicon dioxide (SiO2) film and the results were compared with those reported in the literature. A through-substrate hole under the suspended microdevice allows for transmission electron microscopy characterization of the nanofilm sample assembled on the device. This capability enables one to correlate the measured thermoelectric properties with the crystal structures of the nanofilm.

  3. Atomic-level cotrol of the thermoelectric properties in polytypoid nanowires

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    Andrews, Sean C.; Fardy, Melissa A.; Moore, Michael C.; Aloni, Shaoul; Zhang, Minjuan; Radmilovic, Velimir; Yang, Peidong

    2010-10-23

    Thermoelectric materials have generated interest as a means of increasing the efficiency of power generation through the scavenging of waste heat. Materials containing nanometer-sized structural and compositional features can exhibit enhanced thermoelectric performance due to the decoupling of certain electrical and thermal properties, but the extent to which these features can be controlled is often limited. Here we report a simple synthesis of M{sub 2}O{sub 3}(ZnO){sub n} (M = In, Ga, Fe) nanowires with controllable polytypoid structures, where the nanostructured features are tuned by adjusting the amount of metal precursor. After the introduction of nanometer-scale features (individual atomic layers and alloying), thermal and electrical measurements on single In{sub 2-x}Ga{sub x}O3(ZnO){sub n} nanowires reveal a simultaneous improvement in all contributing factors to the thermoelectric figure of merit, indicating successful modification of the nanowire transport properties.

  4. Nanostructuring and thermoelectric properties of bulk skutterudite compound CoSb{sub 3}

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    Mi, J. L.; Zhu, T. J.; Zhao, X. B.; Ma, J.

    2007-03-01

    Thermoelectric properties of nanostructured skutterudite CoSb{sub 3} have been reported. Nanosized CoSb{sub 3} powders were synthesized through a solvothermal route. The bulk materials with average grain sizes of 250 and 150 nm were prepared by hot pressing and spark plasma sintering from the solvothermally synthesized CoSb{sub 3} powders. Both the samples show n-type conduction and the thermal conductivities are reduced compared with that of the sample prepared by the melt-annealing/hot pressing method. A thermoelectric figure of merit of 0.61 has been obtained for the unfilled CoSb{sub 3} skutterudite by spark plasma sintering, which indicates that nanostructuring is an effective way to improve the thermoelectric properties of skutterudite compounds.

  5. Effects of Defects and Strain on Thermoelectric Properties of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Ohnishi, Masato; Shiga, Takuma; Shiomi, Junichiro

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted much attention as a thermoelectric material. Although CNTs have large lattice thermal conductivity, CNT-based composites are promising candidates for thermoelectric material because the phonon transport is suppressed by scattering at contacts between CNTs. Therefore, previous studies have mainly focused on thermoelectric properties at contacts between CNTs. However, understanding the effects of defects and strain on the thermoelectric properties of CNTs themselves are important because they exist inevitably in real systems. In this study, we study the effects of defects, vacancy and Stone-Wales defect, and uniaxial compressive strain on single-walled CNTs (SWNTs) employing nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation and Green's function method. We find that the defects and buckling deformation significantly decrease electron conductance, and the effect is much stronger than that on thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient, resulting in severe reduction of the figure of merit. In addition, the estimation of thermoelectric performance including a inter-SWNT contact indicates that the effect of defects and strain can deteriorate the figure of merit of the SWNT networks. This work is partially supported by Thermal Management Materials and Technology Research Association (TherMAT).

  6. Resonance electromagnetoacoustic method of measuring viscoelastic properties of amorphous ferromagnetic ribbons subjected to low-temperature annealing

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    Len'kov, S. V.; Fedorova, N. V.

    2014-08-01

    Stationary and damped vibrations of the s 0 Lamb mode in a viscoelastic amorphous ferromagnetic ribbon excited upon the electromagnetoacoustic (EMA) transformation have been considered. A resonance method is suggested that employs double EMA transformation for measuring elasticity moduli E and internal friction in amorphous ferromagnetic ribbons. The effect of low-temperature isochronous annealing on the field dependences of Young's modulus and internal friction of the Fe80Si10B10 and Fe73.7Cu1.0Nb3.2Si12.7B9.4 alloys has been studied.

  7. Effect of Low Temperature Irradiation in ATR On The Mechanical Properties of Ternary V-Cr-Ti Alloys

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    Hamilton, Margaret L.; Toloczko, Mychailo B.; Oliver, Brian M.; Garner, Francis A.

    2000-09-01

    Tensile tests and shear punch teats were performed on a variety of vanadium alloys that were irradiated in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at temperatures between 200 and 300 degrees C to doses between 3 and 5 dpa. Tests were performed at room temperature and the irradiation temperature. The results of both the tensile tests and the shear punch tests show that following low temperature irradiation, the yield strength increased by a factor of 3-4 while the ultimate strength increased by a factor of approximately 3.

  8. Novel Low Temperature Processing for Enhanced Properties of Ion Implanted Thin Films and Amorphous Mixed Oxide Thin Film Transistors

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    Vemuri, Rajitha

    This research emphasizes the use of low energy and low temperature post processing to improve the performance and lifetime of thin films and thin film transistors, by applying the fundamentals of interaction of materials with conductive heating and electromagnetic radiation. Single frequency microwave anneal is used to rapidly recrystallize the damage induced during ion implantation in Si substrates. Volumetric heating of the sample in the presence of the microwave field facilitates quick absorption of radiation to promote recrystallization at the amorphous-crystalline interface, apart from electrical activation of the dopants due to relocation to the substitutional sites. Structural and electrical characterization confirm recrystallization of heavily implanted Si within 40 seconds anneal time with minimum dopant diffusion compared to rapid thermal annealed samples. The use of microwave anneal to improve performance of multilayer thin film devices, e.g. thin film transistors (TFTs) requires extensive study of interaction of individual layers with electromagnetic radiation. This issue has been addressed by developing detail understanding of thin films and interfaces in TFTs by studying reliability and failure mechanisms upon extensive stress test. Electrical and ambient stresses such as illumination, thermal, and mechanical stresses are inflicted on the mixed oxide based thin film transistors, which are explored due to high mobilities of the mixed oxide (indium zinc oxide, indium gallium zinc oxide) channel layer material. Semiconductor parameter analyzer is employed to extract transfer characteristics, useful to derive mobility, subthreshold, and threshold voltage parameters of the transistors. Low temperature post processing anneals compatible with polymer substrates are performed in several ambients (oxygen, forming gas and vacuum) at 150 °C as a preliminary step. The analysis of the results pre and post low temperature anneals using device physics fundamentals

  9. Low-temperature transport properties of multigraphene films grown on the SiC surface by sublimation

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    Lebedev, A. A. Agrinskaya, N. V.; Lebedev, S. P.; Mynbaeva, M. G.; Petrov, V. N.; Smirnov, A. N.; Strel'chuk, A. M.; Titkov, A. N.; Shamshur, D. V.

    2011-05-15

    Multigraphene films grown by sublimation on the surface of a semi-insulating 6H-SiC substrate have been studied. It is shown that pregrowth annealing of the substrate in a quasiclosed growth cell improves the structural quality of a multigraphene film. Ohmic contacts to the film have been fabricated, and the Hall effect has been studied at low temperatures. It is found that a 2D electron gas exists in the films. It is concluded that the conductivity of the film is determined by defects existing within the graphene layer or at the interface between the graphene film and a SiC substrate.

  10. Thermoelectric transport properties through a T-shaped single quantum dot

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    Castellanos, R.; Franco, R.; Silva-Valencia, J.; Figueira, M. S.

    2010-12-01

    We study the thermopower, thermal conductance, electric conductance and the thermoelectric figure of merit for a gate-defined T-shaped single quantum dot (QD). The QD is solved in the limit of strong Coulombian repulsion U→∞, inside the dot, and the quantum wire is modeled on a tight-binding linear chain. We employ the X-boson approach for the Anderson impurity model to describe the localized level within the quantum dot. Our results are in qualitative agreement with recent experimental reports and other theoretical researches for the case of a quantum dot embedded into a conduction channel, employing analogies between the two systems. The results for the thermopower sign as a function of the gate voltage (associated with the quantum dot energy) are in agreement with a recent experimental result obtained for a suspended quantum dot. The thermoelectric figure of merit times temperature results indicates that, at low temperatures and in the crossover between the intermediate valence and Kondo regimes, the system might have practical applicability in the development of thermoelectric devices.

  11. Thermoelectric property enhancement by Cu nanoparticles in nanostructured FeSb2

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    Koirala, Machhindra; Zhao, Huaizhou; Pokharel, Mani; Chen, Shuo; Dahal, Tulashi; Opeil, Cyril; Chen, Gang; Ren, Zhifeng

    2013-05-01

    We present the thermoelectric figure-of-merit (ZT) improvement in nanostructured FeSb2 by Cu nanoparticles of ˜5 nm as a modulation dopant. Because of the similar work functions between FeSb2 and Cu and the high electrical conductivity of Cu, the Kondo insulator-like electrical resistivity of FeSb2 at low temperatures was dramatically reduced. Both carrier concentration and mobility of the nanocomposites were improved over pure FeSb2 without degrading the Seebeck coefficient. Overall, an improvement of ˜90% in power factor was achieved for the optimized nanocomposite FeSb2Cu0.045. Combined with the reduced thermal conductivity by Cu/FeSb2 interfaces, ZT was improved by ˜110%. These results clearly demonstrate the potential of modulation doping to enhance the thermoelectric performance of FeSb2. A similar approach could be applied to other Kondo insulators or previously known thermoelectric materials to improve ZT.

  12. Role of the spin magnitude of the magnetic ion in determining the frustration and low-temperature properties of kagome lattices.

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    Pati, Swapan K; Rao, C N R

    2005-12-15

    In view of the variety of low-temperature magnetic properties reported recently for kagome lattices with transition-metal ions in different oxidation states, we have investigated the low-energy spectrum and low-temperature thermodynamic properties of antiferromagnetic kagome lattices with varying magnitudes of site spins, employing quantum many-body Heisenberg models. The ground state and the low-lying excitation spectrum are found to depend strongly on the nature of the spin magnitude of the magnetic ions. The system remains highly frustrated if spins are half-odd-integer in magnitude, while the frustration is very weak or almost absent for integer spins or mixed-spin systems. In fact, for a mixed-spin kagome system with a certain magnitude, the whole system behaves as a classical magnet with a ferrimagnetic ground state without any frustration. These theoretical findings are consistent with a few experimental observations recently reported in the literature and would be of value in designing new kagome systems with unusual and interesting low-temperature magnetic properties.

  13. Enhanced Multiferroic Properties of YMnO3 Ceramics Fabricated by Spark Plasma Sintering Along with Low-Temperature Solid-State Reaction

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    Wang, Meng; Wang, Ting; Song, Shenhua; Ravi, Muchakayala; Liu, Renchen; Ji, Shishan

    2017-01-01

    Based on precursor powders with a size of 200–300 nm prepared by the low-temperature solid-state reaction method, phase-pure YMnO3 ceramics are fabricated using spark plasma sintering (SPS). X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) reveal that the high-purity YMnO3 ceramics can be prepared by SPS at 1000 °C for 5 minutes with annealing at 800 °C for 2 h. The relative density of the sample is as high as 97%, which is much higher than those of the samples sintered by other methods. The present dielectric and magnetic properties are much better than those of the samples fabricated by conventional methods and SPS with ball-milling precursors, and the ferroelectric loops at room temperature can be detected. These findings indicate that the YMnO3 ceramics prepared by the low temperature solid reaction method and SPS possess excellent dielectric lossy ferroelectric properties at room temperature, and magnetic properties at low temperature (10 K), making them suitable for potential multiferroic applications. PMID:28772832

  14. Structural and Thermoelectric Properties of Bi85Sb15 Prepared by Non-equal Channel Angular Extrusion

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    El-Asfoury, Mohamed S.; Nasr, Mohamed N. A.; Nakamura, Koichi; Abdel-Moneim, Ahmed

    2017-09-01

    We report on the mechanical and transport properties of polycrystalline bulk Bi85Sb15, as a low-temperature thermoelectric material. Bi85Sb15 samples were prepared by mechanical alloying and hot isostatic pressing, followed by sever plastic deformation (SPD). SPD was applied by either equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) or non-equal channel angular extrusion (NECAE), at two different temperatures (373 K and 423 K). X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the prepared samples. The transport properties including the electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity were investigated, and correlated with the microstructure over the temperature range of 160-360 K. NECAE was found to be more effective than ECAE in enhancing bulk density, grain refinement and preferential grain orientation along the extrusion direction, particularly at higher processing temperatures. This is attributed to the better grain alignment and the creation of more intense grain boundaries and dislocation density, which resulted in an enhancement in carrier mobility and phonon scattering and hence a higher Z value. The highest Z value was achieved via NECAE at 423 K, and had a value of 0.39 × 10-3 K-1 at 250 K, which is 55% higher than that of the hot-pressed sample, 0.22 × 10-3 K-1 at 270 K. Also, the micro-hardness of the hot-pressed sample increases by at least 20% by SPD processes. Accordingly, optimized SPD can be classified as an effective processing tool for feasible mass production of bulk Bi85Sb15 alloy with better thermoelectric performance.

  15. Electronic, Vibrational and Thermoelectric Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials

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    Wickramaratne, Darshana

    The discovery of graphene's unique electronic and thermal properties has motivated the search for new two-dimensional materials. Examples of these materials include the layered two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC) and metal mono-chalcogenides. The properties of the TMDCs (eg. MoS 2, WS2, TaS2, TaSe2) and the metal mono-chalcogenides (eg. GaSe, InSe, SnS) are diverse - ranging from semiconducting, semi-metallic and metallic. Many of these materials exhibit strongly correlated phenomena and exotic collective states such as exciton condensates, charge density waves, Lifshitz transitions and superconductivity. These properties change as the film thickness is reduced down to a few monolayers. We use first-principles simulations to discuss changes in the electronic and the vibrational properties of these materials as the film thickness evolves from a single atomic monolayer to the bulk limit. In the semiconducting TMDCs (MoS2, MoSe2, WS2 and WSe2) and monochalcogenides (GaS, GaSe, InS and InSe) we show confining these materials to their monolayer limit introduces large band degeneracies or non-parabolic features in the electronic structure. These changes in the electronic structure results in increases in the density of states and the number of conducting modes. Our first-principles simulations combined with a Landauer approach show these changes can lead to large enhancements up to an order of magnitude in the thermoelectric performance of these materials when compared to their bulk structure. Few monolayers of the TMDCs can be misoriented with respect to each other due to the weak van-der-Waals (vdW) force at the interface of two monolayers. Misorientation of the bilayer semiconducting TMDCs increases the interlayer van-der-Waals gap distance, reduces the interlayer coupling and leads to an increase in the magnitude of the indirect bandgap by up to 100 meV compared to the registered bilayer. In the semi-metallic and metallic TMDC compounds (TiSe2, Ta

  16. Thermoelectrical properties of the compounds ScMVIIISb and YMVIIISb (MVIII = Ni, Pd, Pt)

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    Oestreich, J.; Probst, U.; Richardt, F.; Bucher, E.

    2003-02-01

    The research into new materials with good thermoelectric properties has revealed new compounds consisting of metallic elements (Bando Y, Suemitsu T, Takagi K, Tokushima H, Echizen Y, Katoh K, Umeo K, Maeda Y and Takabatake T 2000 J. Alloys Compounds 313 1-6, Ghelani N, Loo S, Chung D, Sportouch S, Nardi S, Kanatzidis M, Hogan T and Nolas G 2000 Mater. Res. Soc. 626 Z8.6.1). The half-Heusler compound ZrNiSn, in particular, shows promising thermoelectric properties and has been studied by many scientists during recent years (Uher C, Hu S, Yang J, Meisner G P and Morelli D T 1997 Proc. ICT'97: 16th Int. Conf. on Thermoelectrics pp 485-8, Romaka L P, Stadnyk Yu V, Goryn A M, Gorelenko Yu K and Skolozdra R V 1997 Proc. ICT'97: 16th Int. Conf. on Thermoelectrics pp 516-19, Hohl H, Ramirez A P, Goldmann C, Ernst G, Wölfing B and Bucher E 1998 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 11 1697-709, Oestreich J, Käfer W, Richardt F, Probst U and Bucher E 1999 Proc. 5th European Workshop on Thermoelectrics pp 192-5). In an effort to find new thermoelectric materials, the half-Heusler compounds of the groups ScMVIIISb and YMVIIISb (MVIII = Ni, Pd, Pt) were synthesized by arc melting and the thermoelectric properties were examined by standard characterization methods. Doping experiments showed that it is possible to change the electrical properties of the compounds while retaining the half-Heusler structure. Within the two groups, YPtSb showed the best thermoelectrical properties. At a temperature of 400 K the electrical conductivity of YPtSb is 748Omega-1 cm-1 and the Seebeck coefficient is 116.3muV K-1. The thermal conductivity at 400 K extrapolated using the Wiedemann-Franz law is 2.87 W K-1 m-1. This leads to a dimensionless figure of merit of 0.14.

  17. Thermoelectric transport properties of high mobility organic semiconductors

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    Venkateshvaran, Deepak; Broch, Katharina; Warwick, Chris N.; Sirringhaus, Henning

    2016-09-01

    Transport in organic semiconductors has traditionally been investigated using measurements of the temperature and gate voltage dependent mobility of charge carriers within the channel of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). In such measurements, the behavior of charge carrier mobility with temperature and gate voltage, studied together with carrier activation energies, provide a metric to quantify the extent of disorder within these van der Waals bonded materials. In addition to the mobility and activation energy, another potent but often-overlooked transport coefficient useful in understanding disorder is the Seebeck coefficient (also known as thermoelectric power). Fundamentally, the Seebeck coefficient represents the entropy per charge carrier in the solid state, and thus proves powerful in distinguishing materials in which charge carriers move freely from those where a high degree of disorder causes the induced carriers to remain trapped. This paper briefly covers the recent highlights in the field of organic thermoelectrics, showing how significant strides have been made both from an applied standpoint as well as from a viewpoint of fundamental thermoelectric transport physics. It shall be illustrated how thermoelectric transport parameters in organic semiconductors can be tuned over a significant range, and how this tunability facilitates an enhanced performance for heat-to-electricity conversion as well as quantifies energetic disorder and the nature of the density of states (DOS). The work of the authors shall be spotlighted in this context, illustrating how Seebeck coefficient measurements in the polymer indacenodithiophene-co-benzothiadiazole (IDTBT) known for its ultra-low degree of torsion within the polymer backbone, has a trend consistent with low disorder. 1 Finally, using examples of the small molecules C8-BTBT and C10-DNTT, it shall be discussed how the Seebeck coefficient can aid the estimation of the density and distribution of trap states

  18. Structural and Thermoelectric Properties of Tungsten Diselenide Crystals

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    Patel, K. K.; Patel, K. D.; Patel, Mayur; Patel, C. A.; Pathak, V. M.; Srivastava, R.

    2011-12-01

    Crystals of Tungsten diselenide (WSe2) have been grown by direct vapour transport (DVT) technique using micro processor controlled dual zone horizontal furnace. The chemical composition and structure of grown crystals were confirmed using energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (EDAX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). In the present investigation thermoelectric power measurements (TEP) have been carried out on the grown crystals. Different electrical transport parameters of semiconductors have been determined and discussed in the paper.

  19. Ab initio study of thermoelectric properties of doped SnO{sub 2} superlattices

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    Borges, P.D.; Silva, D.E.S.; Castro, N.S.; Ferreira, C.R.; Pinto, F.G.; Tronto, J.; Scolfaro, L.

    2015-11-15

    Transparent conductive oxides, such as tin dioxide (SnO{sub 2}), have recently shown to be promising materials for thermoelectric applications. In this work we studied the thermoelectric properties of Fe-, Sb- and Zn-uniformly doping and co-doping SnO{sub 2}, as well as of Sb and Zn planar (or delta)-doped layers in SnO{sub 2} forming oxide superlattices (SLs). Based on the semiclassical Boltzmann transport equations (BTE) in conjunction with ab initio electronic structure calculations, the Seebeck coefficient (S) and figure of merit (ZT) are obtained for these systems, and are compared with available experimental data. The delta doping approach introduces a remarkable modification in the electronic structure of tin dioxide, when compared with the uniform doping, and colossal values for ZT are predicted for the delta-doped oxide SLs. This result is a consequence of the two-dimensional electronic confinement and the strong anisotropy introduced by the doped planes. In comparison with the uniformly doped systems, our predictions reveal a promising use of delta-doped SnO{sub 2} SLs for enhanced S and ZT, which emerge as potential candidates for thermoelectric applications. - Graphical abstract: Band structure and Figure of merit for SnO2:Sb superlattice along Z direction, P. D. Borges, D. E. S. Silva, N. S. Castro, C. R. Ferreira, F. G. Pinto, J. Tronto and L. Scolfaro, Ab initio study of thermoelectric properties of doped SnO2 superlattices. - Highlights: • Thermoelectric properties of SnO{sub 2}-based alloys and superlattices. • High figure of merit is predicted for planar-doped SnO{sub 2} superlattices. • Nanotechnology has an important role for the development of thermoelectric devices.

  20. Nanocrystalline silicon: Lattice dynamics and enhanced thermoelectric properties

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Stroppa, Daniel G.; ...

    2014-12-21

    In this study, silicon has several advantages when compared to other thermoelectric materials, but until recently it was not used for thermoelectric applications due to its high thermal conductivity, 156 W K-1 m-1 at room temperature. Nanostructuration as means to decrease thermal transport through enhanced phonon scattering has been a subject of many studies. In this work we have evaluated the effects of nanostructuration on the lattice dynamics of bulk nanocrystalline doped silicon. The samples were prepared by gas phase synthesis, followed by current and pressure assisted sintering. The heat capacity, density of phonons states, and elastic constants were measured,more » which all reveal a significant, ≈25%, reduction in the speed of sound. The samples present a significantly decreased lattice thermal conductivity, ≈25 W K-1 m-1, which, combined with a very high carrier mobility, results in a dimensionless figure of merit with a competitive value that peaks at ZT ≈ 0.57 at 973 °C. Due to its easily scalable and extremely low-cost production process, nanocrystalline Si prepared by gas phase synthesis followed by sintering could become the material of choice for high temperature thermoelectric generators.« less

  1. Nanocrystalline silicon: lattice dynamics and enhanced thermoelectric properties.

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Stroppa, Daniel G; Klobes, Benedikt; Koza, Michael Marek; Kudejova, Petra; Petermann, Nils; Wiggers, Hartmut; Schierning, Gabi; Hermann, Raphaël P

    2014-12-21

    Silicon has several advantages when compared to other thermoelectric materials, but until recently it was not used for thermoelectric applications due to its high thermal conductivity, 156 W K(-1) m(-1) at room temperature. Nanostructuration as means to decrease thermal transport through enhanced phonon scattering has been a subject of many studies. In this work we have evaluated the effects of nanostructuration on the lattice dynamics of bulk nanocrystalline doped silicon. The samples were prepared by gas phase synthesis, followed by current and pressure assisted sintering. The heat capacity, density of phonons states, and elastic constants were measured, which all reveal a significant, ≈25%, reduction in the speed of sound. The samples present a significantly decreased lattice thermal conductivity, ≈25 W K(-1) m(-1), which, combined with a very high carrier mobility, results in a dimensionless figure of merit with a competitive value that peaks at ZT≈ 0.57 at 973 °C. Due to its easily scalable and extremely low-cost production process, nanocrystalline Si prepared by gas phase synthesis followed by sintering could become the material of choice for high temperature thermoelectric generators.

  2. Nanocrystalline silicon: Lattice dynamics and enhanced thermoelectric properties

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    Claudio, Tania; Stein, Niklas; Stroppa, Daniel G.; Klobes, Benedikt; Koza, Michael Marek; Kudejova, Petra; Petermann, Nils; Wiggers, Hartmut; Schierning, Gabi; Hermann, Raphaël P.

    2014-12-21

    In this study, silicon has several advantages when compared to other thermoelectric materials, but until recently it was not used for thermoelectric applications due to its high thermal conductivity, 156 W K-1 m-1 at room temperature. Nanostructuration as means to decrease thermal transport through enhanced phonon scattering has been a subject of many studies. In this work we have evaluated the effects of nanostructuration on the lattice dynamics of bulk nanocrystalline doped silicon. The samples were prepared by gas phase synthesis, followed by current and pressure assisted sintering. The heat capacity, density of phonons states, and elastic constants were measured, which all reveal a significant, ≈25%, reduction in the speed of sound. The samples present a significantly decreased lattice thermal conductivity, ≈25 W K-1 m-1, which, combined with a very high carrier mobility, results in a dimensionless figure of merit with a competitive value that peaks at ZT ≈ 0.57 at 973 °C. Due to its easily scalable and extremely low-cost production process, nanocrystalline Si prepared by gas phase synthesis followed by sintering could become the material of choice for high temperature thermoelectric generators.

  3. Some thermoelectric properties of the light rare earth sesquiselenides (R/sub 2/Se/sub 3-x/)

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    Takeshita, T.; Beaudry, B.J.; Gschneidner, K.A. Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Rare earth sesquiselenides of the Th/sub 3/P/sub 4/ structure show variable electric properties over their homogenity range. The rare earth sesquiselenides are also refractory materials and therefore are of interest for high temperature thermoelectric applications. Preliminary results of thermoelectric power and electrical resistivity measurements on the light lanthanide sesquiselenides (La through Sm) are presented. 9 refs.

  4. Full-scale computation for all the thermoelectric property parameters of half-Heusler compounds

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    Hong, A. J.; Li, L.; He, R.; Gong, J. J.; Yan, Z. B.; Wang, K. F.; Liu, J. -M.; Ren, Z. F.

    2016-01-01

    The thermoelectric performance of materials relies substantially on the band structures that determine the electronic and phononic transports, while the transport behaviors compete and counter-act for the power factor PF and figure-of-merit ZT. These issues make a full-scale computation of the whole set of thermoelectric parameters particularly attractive, while a calculation scheme of the electronic and phononic contributions to thermal conductivity remains yet challenging. In this work, we present a full-scale computation scheme based on the first-principles calculations by choosing a set of doped half-Heusler compounds as examples for illustration. The electronic structure is computed using the WIEN2k code and the carrier relaxation times for electrons and holes are calculated using the Bardeen and Shockley’s deformation potential (DP) theory. The finite-temperature electronic transport is evaluated within the framework of Boltzmann transport theory. In sequence, the density functional perturbation combined with the quasi-harmonic approximation and the Klemens’ equation is implemented for calculating the lattice thermal conductivity of carrier-doped thermoelectric materials such as Ti-doped NbFeSb compounds without losing a generality. The calculated results show good agreement with experimental data. The present methodology represents an effective and powerful approach to calculate the whole set of thermoelectric properties for thermoelectric materials. PMID:26947395

  5. Full-scale computation for all the thermoelectric property parameters of half-Heusler compounds

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    Hong, A. J.; Li, L.; He, R.; ...

    2016-03-07

    The thermoelectric performance of materials relies substantially on the band structures that determine the electronic and phononic transports, while the transport behaviors compete and counter-act for the power factor PF and figure-of-merit ZT. These issues make a full-scale computation of the whole set of thermoelectric parameters particularly attractive, while a calculation scheme of the electronic and phononic contributions to thermal conductivity remains yet challenging. In this work, we present a full-scale computation scheme based on the first-principles calculations by choosing a set of doped half- Heusler compounds as examples for illustration. The electronic structure is computed using the WIEN2k codemore » and the carrier relaxation times for electrons and holes are calculated using the Bardeen and Shockley’s deformation potential (DP) theory. The finite-temperature electronic transport is evaluated within the framework of Boltzmann transport theory. In sequence, the density functional perturbation combined with the quasi-harmonic approximation and the Klemens’ equation is implemented for calculating the lattice thermal conductivity of carrier-doped thermoelectric materials such as Tidoped NbFeSb compounds without losing a generality. The calculated results show good agreement with experimental data. Lastly, the present methodology represents an effective and powerful approach to calculate the whole set of thermoelectric properties for thermoelectric materials.« less

  6. Full-scale computation for all the thermoelectric property parameters of half-Heusler compounds

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    Hong, A. J.; Li, L.; He, R.; Gong, J. J.; Yan, Z. B.; Wang, K. F.; Liu, J. -M.; Ren, Z. F.

    2016-03-07

    The thermoelectric performance of materials relies substantially on the band structures that determine the electronic and phononic transports, while the transport behaviors compete and counter-act for the power factor PF and figure-of-merit ZT. These issues make a full-scale computation of the whole set of thermoelectric parameters particularly attractive, while a calculation scheme of the electronic and phononic contributions to thermal conductivity remains yet challenging. In this work, we present a full-scale computation scheme based on the first-principles calculations by choosing a set of doped half- Heusler compounds as examples for illustration. The electronic structure is computed using the WIEN2k code and the carrier relaxation times for electrons and holes are calculated using the Bardeen and Shockley’s deformation potential (DP) theory. The finite-temperature electronic transport is evaluated within the framework of Boltzmann transport theory. In sequence, the density functional perturbation combined with the quasi-harmonic approximation and the Klemens’ equation is implemented for calculating the lattice thermal conductivity of carrier-doped thermoelectric materials such as Tidoped NbFeSb compounds without losing a generality. The calculated results show good agreement with experimental data. Lastly, the present methodology represents an effective and powerful approach to calculate the whole set of thermoelectric properties for thermoelectric materials.

  7. Full-scale computation for all the thermoelectric property parameters of half-Heusler compounds.

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    Hong, A J; Li, L; He, R; Gong, J J; Yan, Z B; Wang, K F; Liu, J-M; Ren, Z F

    2016-03-07

    The thermoelectric performance of materials relies substantially on the band structures that determine the electronic and phononic transports, while the transport behaviors compete and counter-act for the power factor PF and figure-of-merit ZT. These issues make a full-scale computation of the whole set of thermoelectric parameters particularly attractive, while a calculation scheme of the electronic and phononic contributions to thermal conductivity remains yet challenging. In this work, we present a full-scale computation scheme based on the first-principles calculations by choosing a set of doped half-Heusler compounds as examples for illustration. The electronic structure is computed using the WIEN2k code and the carrier relaxation times for electrons and holes are calculated using the Bardeen and Shockley's deformation potential (DP) theory. The finite-temperature electronic transport is evaluated within the framework of Boltzmann transport theory. In sequence, the density functional perturbation combined with the quasi-harmonic approximation and the Klemens' equation is implemented for calculating the lattice thermal conductivity of carrier-doped thermoelectric materials such as Ti-doped NbFeSb compounds without losing a generality. The calculated results show good agreement with experimental data. The present methodology represents an effective and powerful approach to calculate the whole set of thermoelectric properties for thermoelectric materials.

  8. Optimization of the thermoelectric properties of FeNbSb-based half-Heusler materials

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    Li, Wenfeng; Yang, Gui; Zhang, Jianwei

    2016-05-01

    FeNbSb-based half-Heusler compounds have recently been reported as promising materials for good high-temperature thermoelectric materials with a ZT  >  1. Their electronic structure and thermoelectric properties are investigated based on a first-principles simulation and the semi-classical Boltzmann transport theory. The band structures show not only light and heavy bands but also high band degeneracy near the valence band maximum, which is beneficial for thermoelectric performance. The calculated Seebeck coefficients of p-type FeNbSb at high carrier concentrations exhibit the expected high values, which is consistent with experimental data. The evolution of the electrical conductivity and power factor with carrier concentration at different temperatures is investigated. Our results show that the thermoelectric performance of p-type FeNbSb can be improved by appropriate substitution; for example, by doping Hf on the Nb site, the maximum ZT of the p-type FeNb1-x Hf x Sb can reach ~1.5 at 1200 K. This study can provide some theoretical guidance for experimental research to improve the thermoelectric performance of FeNbSb-based half-Heusler compounds.

  9. Full-scale computation for all the thermoelectric property parameters of half-Heusler compounds

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    Hong, A. J.; Li, L.; He, R.; Gong, J. J.; Yan, Z. B.; Wang, K. F.; Liu, J.-M.; Ren, Z. F.

    2016-03-01

    The thermoelectric performance of materials relies substantially on the band structures that determine the electronic and phononic transports, while the transport behaviors compete and counter-act for the power factor PF and figure-of-merit ZT. These issues make a full-scale computation of the whole set of thermoelectric parameters particularly attractive, while a calculation scheme of the electronic and phononic contributions to thermal conductivity remains yet challenging. In this work, we present a full-scale computation scheme based on the first-principles calculations by choosing a set of doped half-Heusler compounds as examples for illustration. The electronic structure is computed using the WIEN2k code and the carrier relaxation times for electrons and holes are calculated using the Bardeen and Shockley’s deformation potential (DP) theory. The finite-temperature electronic transport is evaluated within the framework of Boltzmann transport theory. In sequence, the density functional perturbation combined with the quasi-harmonic approximation and the Klemens’ equation is implemented for calculating the lattice thermal conductivity of carrier-doped thermoelectric materials such as Ti-doped NbFeSb compounds without losing a generality. The calculated results show good agreement with experimental data. The present methodology represents an effective and powerful approach to calculate the whole set of thermoelectric properties for thermoelectric materials.

  10. Structural Characterization and Thermoelectric Properties of Hot-Pressed CoSi Nanocomposites

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    Ioannou, Maria; Symeou, Elli; Giapintzakis, John; Kyratsi, Theodora

    2014-10-01

    Fabrication of nanocomposites by introduction of SiO2 metal oxide nanoparticles into a cobalt silicide thermoelectric matrix is studied. The CoSi matrix material was prepared through solid-state synthesis, and the nano-SiO2 metal oxide was introduced by mechanical grinding. The mixed powders were hot pressed to fabricate nanocomposites. The structural and morphological modifications were studied by powder x-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The thermoelectric properties of the materials were followed through the Hall effect, Seebeck coefficient, and electrical and thermal conductivities in the temperature range from 300 K to 1000 K.

  11. Enhanced room temperature electronic and thermoelectric properties of the dilute bismuthide InGaBiAs

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    Dongmo, Pernell; Zhong Yujun; Bomberger, Cory; Zide, Joshua; Attia, Peter; Cheaito, Ramez; Hopkins, Patrick E.; Ihlefeld, Jon F.

    2012-11-01

    We report room temperature electronic and thermoelectric properties of Si-doped In{sub 0.52}Ga{sub 0.48}Bi{sub y}As{sub 1-y} with varying Bi concentrations. These films were grown epitaxially on a semi-insulating InP substrate by molecular beam epitaxy. We show that low Bi concentrations are optimal in improving the conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermoelectric power factor, possibly due to the surfactant effects of bismuth. We observed a reduction in thermal conductivity with increasing Bi concentration, which is expected because of alloy scattering. We report a peak ZT of 0.23 at 300 K.

  12. Effect of Sb deficiency on the thermoelectric properties of Zn4Sb3

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    Sanchela, Anup V.; Tomy, C. V.; Thakur, Ajay D.

    2015-09-01

    We have investigated the effect of Sb-deficiency on the thermoelectric figure of merit (zT) of Zn4Sb3 prepared by solid state reaction route. At high temperatures, the Seebeck coefficient (S) and electrical conductivity (σ) increases with increase in Sb deficiency whereas the thermal conductivity (κ) decreases giving rise to an increase in the overall zT value. The observations suggest that creation of vacancies could be an effective route in improving the thermoelectric properties of Zn4Sb3 system.

  13. Low-temperature spray-pyrolysis of FeS2 films and their electrical and optical properties

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    Orletskii, I. G.; Mar'yanchuk, P. D.; Maistruk, E. V.; Solovan, M. N.; Brus, V. V.

    2016-01-01

    Iron disulfide (FeS2) films with a wide range of electrical resistivities 100 Ω cm ⩽ ρ ⩽ 800 kΩ cm, a high adhesion to the substrate, and a resistance to aggressive media have been prepared by the spray pyrolysis of aqueous solutions of the salts FeCl3 · 6H2O and (NH2)2CS at low temperatures in the range 250°C ⩽ T S ⩽ 400°C. It has been found that the FeS2 films have a high transmittance T ≈ 60-70% and are characterized by a sharp transmission edge. It has been shown that the optical band gap for direct ( E g op = 2.19-2.78 eV) and indirect ( E g 'op = 1.26-1.36 eV) optical transitions depends on the conditions of film preparation.

  14. Nitrogen-doped tungsten oxide nanowires: low-temperature synthesis on Si, and electrical, optical, and field-emission properties.

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    Chang, Mu-Tung; Chou, Li-Jen; Chueh, Yu-Lun; Lee, Yu-Chen; Hsieh, Chin-Hua; Chen, Chii-Dong; Lan, Yann-Wen; Chen, Lih-Juann

    2007-04-01

    Very dense and uniformly distributed nitrogen-doped tungsten oxide (WO(3)) nanowires were synthesized successfully on a 4-inch Si(100) wafer at low temperature. The nanowires were of lengths extending up to 5 mum and diameters ranging from 25 to 35 nm. The highest aspect ratio was estimated to be about 200. An emission peak at 470 nm was found by photoluminescence measurement at room temperature. The suggested growth mechanism of the nanowires is vapor-solid growth, in which gaseous ammonia plays a significant role to reduce the formation temperature. The approach has proved to be a reliable way to produce nitrogen-doped WO(3) nanowires on Si in large quantities. The direct fabrication of WO(3)-based nanodevices on Si has been demonstrated.

  15. INS, DFT and temperature dependent IR investigations of dynamical properties of low temperature phase of choline chloride

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    Pawlukojć, A.; Hetmańczyk, Ł.

    2014-12-01

    Within the framework of the research the inelastic neutron scattering and temperature dependent infra-red spectroscopy investigations of the low temperature phase of choline chloride were performed. The infra-red spectra in wavenumber region 4000-80 cm-1 and in a temperature range 9-300 K were collected. The density functional theory calculations with the periodic boundary conditions for determination and description of the normal modes in the vibration spectra of choline chloride were applied. Bands assigned to the CH3 torsional vibration were observed at 288 and 249 cm-1. From the analysis of the temperature dependence of the full-width-at-half-maximum the activation energy for CH3 group reorientation is found to be equal to 1.6 ± 0.2 kcal/mol.

  16. Improved thermoelectric properties of TiNiSn through enhancing strain field fluctuation

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    Lkhagvasuren, Enkhtaivan; Fu, Chenguang; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Auffermann, Gudrun; Kreiner, Guido; Schnelle, Walter; Felser, Claudia

    2017-10-01

    MNiSn (M  =  Hf, Zr, Ti) -based half Heusler compounds have attracted extensive attention as promising materials in thermoelectric power generation. In this work, the thermoelectric properties of the cheapest composition TiNiSn from this system are investigated. Isoelectronic substitutions of Si and Ge on Sn site are employed to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity. It is found that Si substitution leads to simultaneously enhanced mass and strain field fluctuations in TiNiSn, while the strain field fluctuation dominates the decrease of thermal conductivity in Ge substituted TiNiSn. A maximum ZT of 0.48 at 740 K is obtained in TiNiSn0.975 Ge0.025 , which is a 23% increase compared to TiNiSn. This result highlights the role of strain field fluctuation in suppressing lattice thermal conductivity and improving the thermoelectric performance of half-Heusler compounds.

  17. Unified modelling of the thermoelectric properties in SrTiO3

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    Bouzerar, G.; Thébaud, S.; Adessi, Ch.; Debord, R.; Apreutesei, M.; Bachelet, R.; Pailhès, S.

    2017-06-01

    Thermoelectric materials are opening a promising pathway to address energy conversion issues governed by a competition between thermal and electronic transport. Improving the efficiency is a difficult task, a challenge that requires new strategies to unearth optimized compounds. We present a theory of thermoelectric transport in electron-doped SrTiO3, based on a realistic tight-binding model that includes relevant scattering processes. We compare our calculations against a wide panel of experimental data, both bulk and thin films. We find a qualitative and quantitative agreement over both a wide range of temperatures and carrier concentrations, from light to heavily doped. Moreover, the results appear insensitive to the nature of the dopant La, B, Gd and Nb. Thus, the quantitative success found in the case of SrTiO3, reveals an efficient procedure to explore new routes to improve the thermoelectric properties in oxides.

  18. Perfect quintuple layer Bi2Te3 nanowires: Growth and thermoelectric properties

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    Schönherr, P.; Kojda, D.; Srot, V.; Fischer, S. F.; van Aken, P. A.; Hesjedal, T.

    2017-08-01

    Bi2Te3 nanowires are promising candidates for thermoelectric applications. Vapor-liquid-solid growth of these nanowires is straightforward, but the traditional Au-catalyzed method is expected to lead to Au contamination and subsequently crystal defects. Here, we present a comparison of the Au-catalyzed growth method with an alternative method using TiO2. We observe that the latter approach results in perfect quintuple layer nanowires, whilst using Au leads to mixed quintuple and septuple layer structures. Despite these differences, we surprisingly find only a negligible effect on their thermoelectric properties, namely conductivity and Seebeck coefficient. This result is relevant for the further optimization and engineering of thermoelectric nanomaterials for device applications.

  19. High thermopower and potential thermoelectric properties of crystalline LiH and NaH

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    Zhao, Yinchang; Dai, Zhenhong; Zhang, Chao; Lian, Chao; Zeng, Shuming; Li, Geng; Meng, Sheng; Ni, Jun

    2017-01-01

    We use first-principles calculations combined with the Boltzmann transport equation and semiclassical analysis to investigate the thermal conductivity κ , electrical conductivity σ , and thermopower S of crystalline LiH and NaH. Remarkably, the calculated S is extraordinarily high while the lattice thermal conductivity κL is fairly low, which, as a result, leads to a much high thermoelectric power factor σ S2 and good thermoelectric properties, with the figure of merit z T even larger than 1.5 in the p -type doped NaH. Further analyses reveal that (i) the large band gap and the flat band around the Fermi level cause the high S and (ii) strong anharmonic phonon scatterings and relevant phonon group velocities result in the low κL in these light materials. Our results support that crystalline LiH and NaH may be potential materials for thermoelectric applications.

  20. Novel Routes to Tune Thermal Conductivities and Thermoelectric Properties of Materials

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    2012-11-15

    Nishimura, and T. Mori, “Microstructure and thermoelectric properties of YB22C2N dense samples fabricated through spark plasma sintering ”, Journal of...T. Mori, O. Sologub, and B. Baufeld, SPS- Sintering of NaTaO3-Fe2O3 Composites, J. Austr. Cer. Soc. 47, 57-60 (2011). 6) Y. Michiue, T. Mori, A

  1. The synthesis of CaZn2Sb2 and its thermoelectric properties

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    Snyder, J.; Starkll, D.

    2002-01-01

    CaZn2Sb2 was prepared and examined for use as a hightemperature thermoelectric material. It has a high Seebeck coefficient and high electrical conductivity-comparable to B-Zn4Sb3. These two properties are vital in determining the ability of the compound to change heat into electricity isentropically.

  2. Conventional freezing plus high pressure-low temperature treatment: Physical properties, microbial quality and storage stability of beef meat.

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    Fernández, Pedro P; Sanz, Pedro D; Molina-García, Antonio D; Otero, Laura; Guignon, Bérengère; Vaudagna, Sergio R

    2007-12-01

    Meat high-hydrostatic pressure treatment causes severe decolouration, preventing its commercialisation due to consumer rejection. Novel procedures involving product freezing plus low-temperature pressure processing are here investigated. Room temperature (20°C) pressurisation (650MPa/10min) and air blast freezing (-30°C) are compared to air blast freezing plus high pressure at subzero temperature (-35°C) in terms of drip loss, expressible moisture, shear force, colour, microbial quality and storage stability of fresh and salt-added beef samples (Longissimus dorsi muscle). The latter treatment induced solid water transitions among ice phases. Fresh beef high pressure treatment (650MPa/20°C/10min) increased significantly expressible moisture while it decreased in pressurised (650MPa/-35°C/10min) frozen beef. Salt addition reduced high pressure-induced water loss. Treatments studied did not change fresh or salt-added samples shear force. Frozen beef pressurised at low temperature showed L, a and b values after thawing close to fresh samples. However, these samples in frozen state, presented chromatic parameters similar to unfrozen beef pressurised at room temperature. Apparently, freezing protects meat against pressure colour deterioration, fresh colour being recovered after thawing. High pressure processing (20°C or -35°C) was very effective reducing aerobic total (2-log(10) cycles) and lactic acid bacteria counts (2.4-log(10) cycles), in fresh and salt-added samples. Frozen+pressurised beef stored at -18°C during 45 days recovered its original colour after thawing, similarly to just-treated samples while their counts remain below detection limits during storage.

  3. A New Look at the Structural and Magnetic Properties of Potassium Neptunate K2NpO4 Combining XRD, XANES Spectroscopy, and Low-Temperature Heat Capacity

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    2017-01-01

    The physicochemical properties of the potassium neptunate K2NpO4 have been investigated in this work using X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectroscopy at the Np-L3 edge, and low-temperature heat capacity measurements. A Rietveld refinement of the crystal structure is reported for the first time. The Np(VI) valence state has been confirmed by the XANES data, and the absorption edge threshold of the XANES spectrum has been correlated to the Mössbauer isomer shift value reported in the literature. The standard entropy and heat capacity of K2NpO4 have been derived at 298.15 K from the low-temperature heat capacity data. The latter suggest the existence of a magnetic ordering transition around 25.9 K, most probably of the ferromagnetic type. PMID:28437069

  4. Low-Temperature Supercapacitors

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    Brandon, Erik J.; West, William C.; Smart, Marshall C.

    2008-01-01

    An effort to extend the low-temperature operational limit of supercapacitors is currently underway. At present, commercially available non-aqueous supercapacitors are rated for a minimum operating temperature of -40 C. A capability to operate at lower temperatures would be desirable for delivering power to systems that must operate in outer space or in the Polar Regions on Earth. Supercapacitors (also known as double-layer or electrochemical capacitors) offer a high power density (>1,000 W/kg) and moderate energy density (about 5 to 10 Wh/kg) technology for storing energy and delivering power. This combination of properties enables delivery of large currents for pulsed applications, or alternatively, smaller currents for low duty cycle applications. The mechanism of storage of electric charge in a supercapacitor -- at the electrical double-layer formed at a solid-electrode/liquid-electrolyte interface -- differs from that of a primary or secondary electrochemical cell (i.e., a battery) in such a manner as to impart a long cycle life (typically >10(exp 6) charge/discharge cycles).

  5. Photo- and gas-tuned, reversible thermoelectric properties and anomalous photo-thermoelectric effects of platinum-loaded tungsten trioxide

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    Suzuki, Kenta; Watanabe, Takuya; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Irie, Hiroshi

    2016-06-28

    We report the photo- and gas-controllable properties of platinum-loaded tungsten trioxide (Pt/WO{sub 3}), which is of interest for developing practical applications of WO{sub 3} as well as for interpreting such phenomena from scientific viewpoints. Here, a Pt/WO{sub 3} thin film generated a thermoelectric power due to the ultraviolet-light-induced band-gap excitation (photochromic (PC) reaction) and/or dark storage in formic acid vapor (gaschromic (GC) reaction) in the absence of O{sub 2}, resulting from the generation of W{sup 5+} ions. After such chromic reactions, the electrical conductivity (σ) is increased, whereas the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient (S) is decreased. The changes in σ and S and their rate of change for consistency increased in the order of: during the PC reaction < during the GC reaction < during simultaneous PC and GC reactions. The opposite behaviors, a decrease in σ and an increase in S, were exhibited by Pt/WO{sub 3} in the presence of O{sub 2} after dark storage or visible-light irradiation. This reversible cycle could be repeated. Moreover, anomalous, nontrivial photo-thermoelectric effects (a photoconductive effect (photoconductivity, σ{sub photo}) and a photo-Seebeck effect (photo-Seebeck coefficient, S{sub photo})) were also detected in response to the visible-light irradiation of Pt/WO{sub 3} in the absence of O{sub 2} after chromic reactions. Under visible-light irradiation, both σ{sub photo} and the absolute value of S{sub photo} are increased. After the irradiation, both values were decreased, that is, σ and the absolute value of S were smaller than σ{sub photo} and the absolute value of S{sub photo}, respectively. These effects are likely to be due to the photoinduced charge carriers and the accumulated electrons in Pt contributing to the increase in σ{sub photo}. In addition, electrons are extracted from the W{sup 5+} state, decreasing the number of W{sup 5+} in H{sub x}WO{sub 3} and thus contributing to the

  6. Photo- and gas-tuned, reversible thermoelectric properties and anomalous photo-thermoelectric effects of platinum-loaded tungsten trioxide

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    Suzuki, Kenta; Watanabe, Takuya; Kakemoto, Hirofumi; Irie, Hiroshi

    2016-06-01

    We report the photo- and gas-controllable properties of platinum-loaded tungsten trioxide (Pt/WO3), which is of interest for developing practical applications of WO3 as well as for interpreting such phenomena from scientific viewpoints. Here, a Pt/WO3 thin film generated a thermoelectric power due to the ultraviolet-light-induced band-gap excitation (photochromic (PC) reaction) and/or dark storage in formic acid vapor (gaschromic (GC) reaction) in the absence of O2, resulting from the generation of W5+ ions. After such chromic reactions, the electrical conductivity (σ) is increased, whereas the absolute value of the Seebeck coefficient (S) is decreased. The changes in σ and S and their rate of change for consistency increased in the order of: during the PC reaction < during the GC reaction < during simultaneous PC and GC reactions. The opposite behaviors, a decrease in σ and an increase in S, were exhibited by Pt/WO3 in the presence of O2 after dark storage or visible-light irradiation. This reversible cycle could be repeated. Moreover, anomalous, nontrivial photo-thermoelectric effects (a photoconductive effect (photoconductivity, σphoto) and a photo-Seebeck effect (photo-Seebeck coefficient, Sphoto)) were also detected in response to the visible-light irradiation of Pt/WO3 in the absence of O2 after chromic reactions. Under visible-light irradiation, both σphoto and the absolute value of Sphoto are increased. After the irradiation, both values were decreased, that is, σ and the absolute value of S were smaller than σphoto and the absolute value of Sphoto, respectively. These effects are likely to be due to the photoinduced charge carriers and the accumulated electrons in Pt contributing to the increase in σphoto. In addition, electrons are extracted from the W5+ state, decreasing the number of W5+ in HxWO3 and thus contributing to the increase in Sphoto. After light irradiation, the accumulated electrons in Pt are returned to the energetically favorable W

  7. An Experimental Investigation towards Improvement of Thermoelectric Properties of Strontium Titanate Ceramics

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    Mehdizadeh Dehkordi, Arash

    The direct energy conversion between heat and electricity based on thermoelectric effects is a topic of long-standing interest in condensed matter materials science. Experimental and theoretical investigations in order to understand the mechanisms involved and to improve the materials properties and conversion efficiency have been ongoing for more than half a century. While significant achievements have been accomplished in improving the properties of conventional heavy element based materials (such as Bi2Te 3 and PbTe) as well as the discovery of new materials systems for the close-to-room temperature and intermediate temperatures, high-temperature applications of thermoelectrics is still limited to one materials system, namely SiGe. Recently, oxides have exhibited great potential to be investigated for high-temperature thermoelectric power generation. The objective of this dissertation is to synthesize and investigate both electronic and thermal transport in strontium titanate (SrTiO3) ceramics in order to experimentally realize its potential and to ultimately investigate the possibility of further improvement of the thermoelectric performance of this perovskite oxide for mid- to high temperature applications. Developing a synthesis strategy and tuning various synthesis parameters to benefit the thermoelectric transport form the foundation of this study. It is worth mentioning that the results of this study has been employed to prepare targets for pulsed-laser deposition (PLD) to study the thermoelectric properties of corresponding thin films and superlattice structures at Dr. Husam Alshareef's group at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. Considering the broad range of functionality of SrTiO3, the findings of this work will surely benefit other fields of research and application of this functional oxide such as photoluminescence, ferroelectricity or mixed-ionic electronic conductivity. This dissertation will ultimately

  8. Surface oxidation and thermoelectric properties of indium-doped tin telluride nanowires.

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    Li, Zhen; Xu, Enzhi; Losovyj, Yaroslav; Li, Nan; Chen, Aiping; Swartzentruber, Brian; Sinitsyn, Nikolai; Yoo, Jinkyoung; Jia, Quanxi; Zhang, Shixiong

    2017-09-14

    The recent discovery of excellent thermoelectric properties and topological surface states in SnTe-based compounds has attracted extensive attention in various research areas. Indium doped SnTe is of particular interest because, depending on the doping level, it can either generate resonant states in the bulk valence band leading to enhanced thermoelectric properties, or induce superconductivity that coexists with topological states. Here we report on the vapor deposition of In-doped SnTe nanowires and the study of their surface oxidation and thermoelectric properties. The nanowire growth is assisted by Au catalysts, and their morphologies vary as a function of substrate position and temperature. Transmission electron microscopy characterization reveals the formation of an amorphous surface in single crystalline nanowires. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies suggest that the nanowire surface is composed of In2O3, SnO2, Te and TeO2 which can be readily removed by argon ion sputtering. Exposure of the cleaned nanowires to atmosphere leads to rapid oxidation of the surface within only one minute. Characterization of electrical conductivity σ, thermopower S, and thermal conductivity κ was performed on the same In-doped nanowire which shows suppressed σ and κ but enhanced S yielding an improved thermoelectric figure of merit ZT compared to the undoped SnTe.

  9. Structural, optoelectronic, and thermoelectric properties of AZn13 (A=Na, K, Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds

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    Basit, Abdul; Murtaza, G.; Mahmood, Asif; Yar, Abdullah; Muhammad, S.

    2016-08-01

    We report the structural, electronic, optical, and thermoelectric properties of the five cubic alkali-earth transition-metals AZn13 (A-Na, K, Ca, Sr, Ba) using density functional theory. Structural properties, electronic structures and optical behaviors are calculated explicitly via highly accurate contemporary full potential-linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method. The investigated ground state data of these materials is quite close to the experimental information. The modified Becke-Johnson (mBJ) predicts the intermetallic nature of AZn13 (A-Na, K, Ca, Sr, Ba) materials. The complex dielectric function of these intermetallic compounds has been calculated and the observed noticeable peaks are examined through mBJ. With the help of complex dielectric function, the other important optical parameters like reflectivities, conductivities and refractive indices of AZn13 (A-Na, K, Ca, Sr, Ba) have been calculated as a function of energy. The optical response suggests that AZn13 (A-Na, K, Ca, Sr, Ba) compounds can be used for the optoelectronic devices. Further, the thermoelectric properties have been calculated through BoltzTraP program, the calculated values for different thermoelectric parameters recommend that these AZn13 (A-Na, K, Ca, Sr, Ba) materials are the suitable candidates for thermoelectric applications.

  10. Effect of local atomic and electronic structures on thermoelectric properties of chemically substituted CoSi

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    Hsu, C. C.; Pao, C. W.; Chen, J. L.; Chen, C. L.; Dong, C. L.; Liu, Y. S.; Lee, J. F.; Chan, T. S.; Chang, C. L.; Kuo, Y. K.; Lue, C. S.

    2014-05-01

    We report the effects of Ge partial substitution for Si on local atomic and electronic structures of thermoelectric materials in binary compound cobalt monosilicides (\\text{CoSi}_{1-x}\\text{Ge}_{x}\\text{:}\\ 0 \\le x \\le 0.15 ). Correlations between local atomic/electronic structure and thermoelectric properties are investigated by means of X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The spectroscopic results indicate that as Ge is partially substituted onto Si sites at x \\le 0.05 , Co in CoSi1-xGex gains a certain amount of charge in its 3d orbitals. Contrarily, upon further replacing Si with Ge at x \\ge 0.05 , the Co 3d orbitals start to lose some of their charge. Notably, thermopower is strongly correlated with charge redistribution in the Co 3d orbital, and the observed charge transfer between Ge and Co is responsible for the variation of Co 3d occupancy number. In addition to Seebeck coefficient, which can be modified by tailoring the Co 3d states, local lattice disorder may also be beneficial in enhancing the thermoelectric properties. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectrum results further demonstrate that the lattice phonons can be enhanced by Ge doping, which results in the formation of the disordered Co-Co pair. Improvements in the thermoelectric properties are interpreted based on the variation of local atomic and electronic structure induced by lattice distortion through chemical substitution.

  11. Structurally-driven Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties within Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) thin Films

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    Petsagkourakis, Ioannis; Pavlopoulou, Eleni; Portale, Giuseppe; Kuropatwa, Bryan A.; Dilhaire, Stefan; Fleury, Guillaume; Hadziioannou, Georges

    2016-01-01

    Due to the rising need for clean energy, thermoelectricity has raised as a potential alternative to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Specifically, thermoelectric devices based on polymers could offer an efficient path for near-room temperature energy harvesters. Thus, control over thermoelectric properties of conducting polymers is crucial and, herein, the structural, electrical and thermoelectric properties of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) thin films doped with p-toluenesulfonate (Tos) molecules were investigated with regards to thin film processing. PEDOT:Tos thin films were prepared by in-situ polymerization of (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) monomers in presence of iron(III) p-toluenesulfonate with different co-solvents in order to tune the film structure. While the Seebeck coefficient remained constant, a large improvement in the electrical conductivity was observed for thin films processed with high boiling point additives. The increase of electrical conductivity was found to be solely in-plane mobility-driven. Probing the thin film structure by Grazing Incidence Wide Angle X-ray Scattering has shown that this behavior is dictated by the structural properties of the PEDOT:Tos films; specifically by the thin film crystallinity combined to the preferential edge-on orientation of the PEDOT crystallites. Consequentially enhancement of the power factor from 25 to 78.5 μW/mK2 has been readily obtained for PEDOT:Tos thin films following this methodology. PMID:27470637

  12. Structurally-driven Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties within Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) thin Films

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    Petsagkourakis, Ioannis; Pavlopoulou, Eleni; Portale, Giuseppe; Kuropatwa, Bryan A.; Dilhaire, Stefan; Fleury, Guillaume; Hadziioannou, Georges

    2016-07-01

    Due to the rising need for clean energy, thermoelectricity has raised as a potential alternative to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Specifically, thermoelectric devices based on polymers could offer an efficient path for near-room temperature energy harvesters. Thus, control over thermoelectric properties of conducting polymers is crucial and, herein, the structural, electrical and thermoelectric properties of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) thin films doped with p-toluenesulfonate (Tos) molecules were investigated with regards to thin film processing. PEDOT:Tos thin films were prepared by in-situ polymerization of (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) monomers in presence of iron(III) p-toluenesulfonate with different co-solvents in order to tune the film structure. While the Seebeck coefficient remained constant, a large improvement in the electrical conductivity was observed for thin films processed with high boiling point additives. The increase of electrical conductivity was found to be solely in-plane mobility-driven. Probing the thin film structure by Grazing Incidence Wide Angle X-ray Scattering has shown that this behavior is dictated by the structural properties of the PEDOT:Tos films; specifically by the thin film crystallinity combined to the preferential edge-on orientation of the PEDOT crystallites. Consequentially enhancement of the power factor from 25 to 78.5 μW/mK2 has been readily obtained for PEDOT:Tos thin films following this methodology.

  13. Structurally-driven Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties within Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) thin Films.

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    Petsagkourakis, Ioannis; Pavlopoulou, Eleni; Portale, Giuseppe; Kuropatwa, Bryan A; Dilhaire, Stefan; Fleury, Guillaume; Hadziioannou, Georges

    2016-07-29

    Due to the rising need for clean energy, thermoelectricity has raised as a potential alternative to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Specifically, thermoelectric devices based on polymers could offer an efficient path for near-room temperature energy harvesters. Thus, control over thermoelectric properties of conducting polymers is crucial and, herein, the structural, electrical and thermoelectric properties of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) thin films doped with p-toluenesulfonate (Tos) molecules were investigated with regards to thin film processing. Tos thin films were prepared by in-situ polymerization of (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) monomers in presence of iron(III) p-toluenesulfonate with different co-solvents in order to tune the film structure. While the Seebeck coefficient remained constant, a large improvement in the electrical conductivity was observed for thin films processed with high boiling point additives. The increase of electrical conductivity was found to be solely in-plane mobility-driven. Probing the thin film structure by Grazing Incidence Wide Angle X-ray Scattering has shown that this behavior is dictated by the structural properties of the Tos films; specifically by the thin film crystallinity combined to the preferential edge-on orientation of the PEDOT crystallites. Consequentially enhancement of the power factor from 25 to 78.5 μW/mK(2) has been readily obtained for Tos thin films following this methodology.

  14. Influence of Strain on the Thermoelectric Properties of electron-doped SrTiO3 Thin Films

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    Sarantopoulos, Alexandros; Ferreiro-Vila, Elias; Magen, Cesar; Aguirre, Myriam H.; Pardo, Victor; Rivadulla, Francisco

    2015-03-01

    The discovery of a two dimensional electron gas with high mobility at the interface between insulating LaAlO3 / SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) opened the possibility of fabricating functional devices based on this interfacial effect. Therefore, it is important to study the influence of the growth parameters on the properties of the constituent materials. Here, we demonstrate that the thermoelectric properties of epitaxial thin films of Nb:STO can be finely tuned by adjusting the growth conditions in a PLD system. By growing the sample on different substrates, we demonstrate that the amount of vacancies depends on the degree of epitaxial compressive stress. The vacancies produced lead to impurity scattering at low temperatures. We show that the magnetoresistance response, and non-linear behavior of the Hall effect, characteristic of LAO/STO interfaces, can be reproduced in thin films of Nb:STO with a controlled number of vacancies. Moreover, we show that the Seebeck coefficient is a valid tool to obtain information about the degeneracy of the electronic band structure. We acknowledge support from the ERC 2D Therms project.

  15. La3+ Alters the Response Properties of Neurons in the Mouse Primary Somatosensory Cortex to Low-Temperature Noxious Stimulation of the Dental Pulp

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    Jin, Yanjiao

    2015-01-01

    Although dental pain is a serious health issue with high incidence among the human population, its cellular and molecular mechanisms are still unclear. Transient receptor potential (TRP) channels are assumed to be involved in the generation of dental pain. However, most of the studies were conducted with molecular biological or histological methods. In vivo functional studies on the role of TRP channels in the mechanisms of dental pain are lacking. This study uses in vivo cellular electrophysiological and neuropharmacological method to directly disclose the effect of LaCl3, a broad spectrum TRP channel blocker, on the response properties of neurons in the mouse primary somatosensory cortex to low-temperature noxious stimulation of the dental pulp. It was found that LaCl3 suppresses the high-firing-rate responses of all nociceptive neurons to noxious low-temperature stimulation and also inhibits the spontaneous activities in some nonnociceptive neurons. The effect of LaCl3 is reversible. Furthermore, this effect is persistent and stable unless LaCl3 is washed out. Washout of LaCl3 quickly revitalized the responsiveness of neurons to low-temperature noxious stimulation. This study adds direct evidence for the hypothesis that TRP channels are involved in the generation of dental pain and sensation. Blockade of TRP channels may provide a novel therapeutic treatment for dental pain. PMID:26604777

  16. Thermoelectric properties of nanoporous three-dimensional graphene networks

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    Thiyagarajan, Pradheep; Oh, Min-Wook; Yoon, Jong-Chul; Jang, Ji-Hyun

    2014-07-01

    We propose three dimensional-graphene nanonetworks (3D-GN) with pores in the range of 10 ˜ 20 nm as a potential candidate for thermoelectric materials. The 3D-GN has a low thermal conductivity of 0.90 W/mK @773 K and a maximum electrical conductivity of 6660 S/m @ 773 K. Our results suggest a straightforward way to individually control two interdependent parameters, σ and κ, in the nanoporous graphene structures to ultimately improve the figure of merit value.

  17. Improved Superconducting properties in the Mg(11)B2 low activation superconductor prepared by low-temperature sintering.

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    Cheng, Fang; Liu, Yongchang; Ma, Zongqing; Shahriar Al Hossain, M; Somer, M

    2016-05-05

    Mg(11)B2 has a great application prospect in the superconducting coils for fusion reactor as the "low activation superconductors". The un-doped Mg(11)B2 and Cu-doped Mg(11)B2 bulks using (11)B as a boron precursor were fabricated by low-temperature sintering in present work. It was found that the prepared Mg(11)B2 low activation superconductors exhibit better Jc performance than all of other Mg(11)B2 samples reported in previous studies. As for Cu doped Mg(11)B2, minor Cu addition can obviously improve the Mg(11)B2 grain crystallization and reduce the amount of MgO impurity. Hence, improved grain connectivity and higher Jc at low fields is obtained in Cu doped Mg(11)B2 samples. For un-doped samples, refined grains and more MgO impurity with proper size brought about more flux pinning centers, resulting in better Jc performance at high fields.

  18. Electrical properties of solution-deposited ZnO thin-film transistors by low-temperature annealing.

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    Lim, Chul; Oh, Ji Young; Koo, Jae Bon; Park, Chan Woo; Jung, Soon-Won; Na, Bock Soon; Chu, Hye Yong

    2014-11-01

    Flexible oxide thin-film transistors (Oxide-TFTs) have emerged as next generation transistors because of their applicability in electronic device. In particular, the major driving force behind solution-processed zinc oxide film research is its prospective use in printing for electronics. A low-temperature process to improve the performance of solution-processed n-channel ZnO thin-film transistors (TFTs) fabricated via spin-coating and inkjet-printing is introduced here. ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using a facile sonochemical method that was slightly modified based on a previously reported method. The influence of the annealing atmosphere on both nanoparticle-based TFT devices fabricated via spin-coating and those created via inkjet printing was investigated. For the inkjet-printed TFTs, the characteristics were improved significantly at an annealing temperature of 150 degrees C. The field effect mobility, V(th), and the on/off current ratios were 3.03 cm2/Vs, -3.3 V, and 10(4), respectively. These results indicate that annealing at 150 degrees C 1 h is sufficient to obtain a mobility (μ(sat)) as high as 3.03 cm2/Vs. Also, the active layer of the solution-based ZnO nanoparticles allowed the production of high-performance TFTs for low-cost, large-area electronics and flexible devices.

  19. Low-temperature properties of Ce(Ru 1- xM x) 2Ge 2, M  Fe, Au

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    Fontes, M. B.; Elmassalami, M.; Aliaga-Guerra, D.; Giordanengo, B.; Bud'ko, S. L.; Guimaraes, A. P.; Gavilano, J. L.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E. M.

    1995-02-01

    We have performed measurements of electrical resistivity, AC susceptibility, magnetization, Mössbauer effect and NMR on the series of intermetallic compounds Ce(Ru 1- xM x) 2Ge 2, M  Fe, Au for 0 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.1. The parent compound CeRu 2Ge 2 orders ferromagnetically below 7.5 K, with f-electrons showing only a small mass-enhancement at low temperatures. However, its crystal structure and Fermi surface are closely related to the heavy-electron superconductor CeRu 2Si 2. Analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the structure to be of thCr 2Si 2-type, with no foreign phases detected. The results of our Mössbauer studies indicate that Fe goes into the Ru sites with no magnetic moment. NMR signals were observed in the Fe-doped samples with quadrupolar interaction that can be related to 73Ge nucleus ( I = 9/2).

  20. Structural and optical properties of CuO layered hexagonal discs synthesized by a low-temperature hydrothermal process

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    Abaker, M.; Umar, Ahmad; Baskoutas, S.; Kim, S. H.; Hwang, S. W.

    2011-04-01

    Layered hexagonal discs of CuO were synthesized on a large scale via low-temperature hydrothermal growth process at 130 °C using copper nitrate, hexamethylenediamine and NH4OH. The detailed morphological investigations by field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) clearly revealed that the synthesized CuO structures are made by the well layer-by-layer accumulation of several sheets which arranged themselves in such a special manner that they exhibit the hexagonal discs of CuO. The detailed structural characterizations of the hexagonal CuO discs were done by high-resolution TEM and x-ray diffraction which confirmed that the synthesized structures possessing well nanocrystalline nature and monoclinic structure. The purity and composition of the synthesized products were examined using energy dispersive spectroscopy, elemental mapping and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Using UV-Vis spectroscopy at room temperature we obtained indirect and direct band gap values slightly blue shifted to the bulk values. Finally, a plausible growth mechanism has been proposed for the formation of CuO layered hexagonal discs.

  1. Improved Superconducting properties in the Mg11B2 low activation superconductor prepared by low-temperature sintering

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    Cheng, Fang; Liu, Yongchang; Ma, Zongqing; Shahriar Al Hossain, M.; Somer, M.

    2016-01-01

    Mg11B2 has a great application prospect in the superconducting coils for fusion reactor as the “low activation superconductors”. The un-doped Mg11B2 and Cu-doped Mg11B2 bulks using 11B as a boron precursor were fabricated by low-temperature sintering in present work. It was found that the prepared Mg11B2 low activation superconductors exhibit better Jc performance than all of other Mg11B2 samples reported in previous studies. As for Cu doped Mg11B2, minor Cu addition can obviously improve the Mg11B2 grain crystallization and reduce the amount of MgO impurity. Hence, improved grain connectivity and higher Jc at low fields is obtained in Cu doped Mg11B2 samples. For un-doped samples, refined grains and more MgO impurity with proper size brought about more flux pinning centers, resulting in better Jc performance at high fields. PMID:27149682

  2. Thermoelectric Properties and Thermal Stability of BiCuSeO

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    Sato, Toshiharu; Kohri, Hitoshi; Yagasaki, Takayoshi

    2016-11-01

    Although BiCuSeO has become of interest as a high performance thermoelectric material, it has been reported to be unstable in air above 548 K. However, the details of the thermal degradation of BiCuSeO have not yet been determined. In this study, the time dependence of the thermoelectric properties of BiCuSeO at 550 K was assessed along with the accompanying thermal degradation behavior. Variations in ρ and α over time at 550 K were determined using the direct current four-terminal method and small temperature difference method, respectively. In addition, the crystalline phases of the specimen after thermoelectric measurements were identified by x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and the surface chemical states were analyzed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results of thermoelectric property measurements over time showed that ρ abruptly increased between 135 min and 182 min then decreased from 182 min to 210 min, while the value of α exhibited the opposite trend. XPS and XRD data suggested that BiCuSeO was pyrolyzed upon heating at 550 K for 6 h in air. In contrast, thermogravimetric analysis demonstrated that BiCuSeO was stable below 800 K under inert gas flow, thus the pyrolysis observed at 550 K was the result of reaction with atmospheric oxygen.

  3. Thermoelectric properties and microstructure of Cu-In-O thin films.

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    Gregory, Otto J; Tougas, Ian M; Amani, Matin; Crisman, Everett E

    2013-11-11

    Combinatorial chemistry techniques were used to study the thermoelectric properties of sputtered thin films in the system copper oxide (CuO) and indium oxide (In2O3). Seven hundred seventy thin film thermocouples or combinatorial library elements were simultaneously deposited, each with a unique spatially dependent chemistry, based on the relative position of the thermocouples to each sputtering target. The resulting thermoelectric properties of each element were determined along with electrical resistivity as a function of composition. Energy dispersive spectroscopy was used to identify the composition of each thermo-element, and electron and X-ray diffraction were used to determine the degree of crystallinity and phases present. Transmission electron microscopy was used to characterize the microstructure of selected thermo-elements. A change in sign of the thermoelectric voltage was observed in the thermo-element containing 40.0 atomic percent indium, which suggests a change in the dominant carrier type occurred, from p-type to n-type. Based on this finding, the fabrication of thermoelectric p-n junctions using the same base Cu-In-O semiconductor appears feasible.

  4. Thermoelectric properties of Bi2Sr2Co2Oy thin films and single crystals

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    Diao, Zhenyu; Lee, H. N.; Chisholm, M. F.; Jin, R.

    2017-04-01

    Bi2Sr2Co2O9 exhibits a misfit-layered structure with good thermoelectric properties. We have investigated the thermoelectric properties of Bi2Sr2Co2Oy in both thin-film and single-crystal forms. Among thin films grown at different temperatures, we find that both the in-plane thermoelectric power (Sab) and electrical resistivity (ρab) vary in an opposite trend, i.e., Sab is high when ρab is small. This results in large power factor (Sab2/ρab 5.5 μW/K2 cm for the film grown at 700 °C), comparable to that for whiskers. For single crystals, the electrical resistivity shows metallic behavior in a large temperature range, but has higher magnitude than that of films grown at 675 °C and 700 °C. The annealing of single crystals under Ar atmosphere leads to even higher resistivity while Sab is improved. We discuss the thermoelectric performance of this material considering both oxygen concentration and phase purity.

  5. Thermoelectric properties of the Ca(5)Al(2-x)In(x)Sb(6) solid solution.

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    Zevalkink, Alex; Swallow, Jessica; Ohno, Saneyuki; Aydemir, Umut; Bux, Sabah; Snyder, G Jeffrey

    2014-11-14

    Zintl phases are attractive for thermoelectric applications due to their complex structures and bonding environments. The Zintl compounds Ca(5)Al(2)In(x)Sb(6)and Ca(5)Al(2)In(x)Sb(6) have both been shown to have promising thermoelectric properties, with zT values of 0.6 and 0.7, respectively, when doped to control the carrier concentration. Alloying can often be used to further improve thermoelectric materials in cases when the decrease in lattice thermal conductivity outweighs reductions to the electronic mobility. Here we present the high temperature thermoelectric properties of the Ca(5)Al(2-x)In(x)Sb(6)solid solution. Undoped and optimally Zn-doped samples were investigated. X-ray diffraction confirms that a full solid solution exists between the Al and In end-members. We find that the Al : In ratio does not greatly influence the carrier concentration or Seebeck effect. The primary effect of alloying is thus increased scattering of both charge carriers and phonons, leading to significantly reduced electronic mobility and lattice thermal conductivity at room temperature. Ultimately, the figure of merit is unaffected by alloying in this system, due to the competing effects of reduced mobility and lattice thermal conductivity.

  6. Effects of Sn Substitution on Thermoelectric Properties of Ge4SbTe5

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    Williams, Jared B.; Mather, Spencer; Morelli, Donald T.

    2016-02-01

    Phase-change materials are identified by their ability to rapidly alternate between amorphous and crystalline phases upon heating, exhibiting large contrast in the optical/electrical properties of the respective phases. Such materials are primarily used in memory storage applications, but recently they have also been identified as potential thermoelectric materials. Many of the phase-change materials studied today can be found on the pseudobinary (GeTe)1- x (Sb2Te3) x tie-line. Ge4SbTe5, a single-phase compound just off of the (GeTe)1- x (Sb2Te3) x tie-line, forms in a metastable rocksalt crystal structure at room temperature. It has been found that stoichiometric and undoped Ge4SbTe5 exhibits thermal conductivity of ~1.2 W/m-K at high temperature and a dramatic decrease in electrical resistivity at 623 K due to a structural phase transition, which leads to a large enhancement in both thermoelectric power factor and thermoelectric figure of merit at 823 K. Introducing point defects via isoelectronic substitutions can be an effective means of reducing thermal conductivity and enhancing thermoelectric performance. We present a study of the effects of Sn substitution for Ge on the electrical and thermal transport properties of Ge4SbTe5.

  7. Thermoelectric properties of Bi2Sr2Co2Oy thin films and single crystals

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    Diao, Zhenyu; Lee, Ho Nyung; Chisholm, Matthew F.; ...

    2017-02-02

    Bi2Sr2Co2O9 exhibits a misfit-layered structure with good thermoelectric properties. We have investigated the thermoelectric properties of Bi2Sr2Co2Oy in both thin-film and single-crystal forms. Among thin films grown at different temperatures, we find that both the in-plane thermoelectric power (Sab) and electrical resistivity (ρab) vary in an opposite trend, i.e., Sab is high when ρab is small. This results in large power factor (Sab2/ρab~5.5 μW/K2 cm for the film grown at 700 °C), comparable to that for whiskers. For single crystals, the electrical resistivity shows metallic behavior in a large temperature range, but has higher magnitude than that of films grownmore » at 675 °C and 700 °C. The annealing of single crystals under Ar atmosphere leads to even higher resistivity while Sab is improved. Lastly, we discuss the thermoelectric performance of this material considering both oxygen concentration and phase purity.« less

  8. Simultaneous Thermoelectric Property Measurement and Incoherent Phonon Transport in Holey Silicon.

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    Lim, Jongwoo; Wang, Hung-Ta; Tang, Jinyao; Andrews, Sean C; So, Hongyun; Lee, Jaeho; Lee, Dong Hyun; Russell, Thomas P; Yang, Peidong

    2016-01-26

    Block copolymer patterned holey silicon (HS) was successfully integrated into a microdevice for simultaneous measurements of Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, and thermal conductivity of the same HS microribbon. These fully integrated HS microdevices provided excellent platforms for the systematic investigation of thermoelectric transport properties tailored by the dimensions of the periodic hole array, that is, neck and pitch size, and the doping concentrations. Specifically, thermoelectric transport properties of HS with a neck size in the range of 16-34 nm and a fixed pitch size of 60 nm were characterized, and a clear neck size dependency was shown in the doping range of 3.1 × 10(18) to 6.5 × 10(19) cm(-3). At 300 K, thermal conductivity as low as 1.8 ± 0.2 W/mK was found in HS with a neck size of 16 nm, while optimized zT values were shown in HS with a neck size of 24 nm. The controllable effects of holey array dimensions and doping concentrations on HS thermoelectric performance could aid in improving the understanding of the phonon scattering process in a holey structure and also in facilitating the development of silicon-based thermoelectric devices.

  9. Thermoelectric properties of a plasma at megabar pressures

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    Starostin, A. N.; Gryaznov, V. K.; Filippov, A. V.

    2016-11-01

    A nonideal hydrogen plasma is theoretically studied for the first time as the working medium of a thermoelectric generator. A method is proposed for the calculation of the electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity of the nonideal plasma in a wide range of densities and temperatures, including the region of strong degeneracy of electrons, which is achieved in experiments on the quasi-isentropic compression of deuterium and where a "plasma phase transition" (transition with a sharp change in the component composition) is possibly implemented. In this method, the kinetic coefficients are calculated together with the equation of states of the nonideal plasma. It is shown for the first time that the Seebeck coefficient in such a medium reaches 5500 μV/(K cm), which is an order of magnitude larger than that in currently available semiconductor materials used in thermoelectric generators. It is found that the figure of merit in hydrogen, which has a high thermal conductivity, at megabar pressures reaches 0.4, which is only slightly below that in currently available semiconductor materials.

  10. Diameter dependent thermoelectric properties of individual SnTe nanowires

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    Xu, E. Z.; Li, Z.; Martinez, J. A.; ...

    2015-01-15

    The lead-free compound tin telluride (SnTe) has recently been suggested to be a potentially promising thermoelectric material because of its similar electronic band structure as the well-known lead telluride. Here we report on the first thermoelectric study of individual single crystalline SnTe nanowires (NWs) with different diameters ranging from ~200 to ~1000 nm. Measurements of thermopower S, electrical conductivity σ, and thermal conductivity κ were carried out on the same nanowires over a temperature range of 25 - 300 K. While σ does not show a strong diameter dependence, the thermopower increases by a factor of 2 when the nanowiremore » diameter is decreased from 1000 nm to 200 nm. The thermal conductivities of the measured NWs are only about half of that of the bulk SnTe, which may arise from the enhanced phonon-grain boundary and phonon-defect scatterings. Temperature dependent figure-of-merit ZT was determined and the maximum value at room temperature is ~3 times higher than what was obtained in bulk samples of comparable carrier density.« less

  11. Diameter dependent thermoelectric properties of individual SnTe nanowires

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    Xu, E. Z.; Li, Z.; Martinez, J. A.; Sinitsyn, N.; Htoon, H.; Li, Nan; Swartzentruber, B.; Hollingsworth, J. A.; Wang, Jian; Zhang, S. X.

    2015-01-15

    The lead-free compound tin telluride (SnTe) has recently been suggested to be a promising thermoelectric material. In this work, we report on the first thermoelectric study of individual single-crystalline SnTe nanowires with different diameters ranging from ~ 218 to ~ 913 nm. Measurements of thermopower S, electrical conductivity σ and thermal conductivity κ were carried out on the same nanowires over a temperature range of 25 - 300 K. While the electrical conductivity does not show a strong diameter dependence, the thermopower increases by a factor of two when the nanowire diameter is decreased from ~ 913 nm to ~ 218 nm. The thermal conductivity of the measured NWs is lower than that of the bulk SnTe, which may arise from the enhanced phonon - surface boundary scattering and phonon-defect scattering. Lastly, temperature dependent figure of merit ZT was determined for individual nanowires and the achieved maximum value at room temperature is about three times higher than that in bulk samples of comparable carrier density.

  12. Al-doped zinc oxide nanocomposites with enhanced thermoelectric properties.

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    Jood, Priyanka; Mehta, Rutvik J; Zhang, Yanliang; Peleckis, Germanas; Wang, Xiaolin; Siegel, Richard W; Borca-Tasciuc, Theo; Dou, Shi Xue; Ramanath, Ganpati

    2011-10-12

    ZnO is a promising high figure-of-merit (ZT) thermoelectric material for power harvesting from heat due to its high melting point, high electrical conductivity σ, and Seebeck coefficient α, but its practical use is limited by a high lattice thermal conductivity κ(L). Here, we report Al-containing ZnO nanocomposites with up to a factor of 20 lower κ(L) than non-nanostructured ZnO, while retaining bulklike α and σ. We show that enhanced phonon scattering promoted by Al-induced grain refinement and ZnAl(2)O(4) nanoprecipitates presages ultralow κ ∼ 2 Wm( -1) K(-1) at 1000 K. The high α∼ -300 μV K(-1) and high σ ∼ 1-10(4) Ω(-1 )m(-1) result from an offsetting of the nanostructuring-induced mobility decrease by high, and nondegenerate, carrier concentrations obtained via excitation from shallow Al donor states. The resultant ZT ∼ 0.44 at 1000 K is 50% higher than that for the best non-nanostructured counterpart material at the same temperature and holds promise for engineering advanced oxide-based high-ZT thermoelectrics for applications.

  13. Diameter dependent thermoelectric properties of individual SnTe nanowires

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    Xu, E. Z.; Li, Z.; Martinez, J. A.; ...

    2015-01-15

    The lead-free compound tin telluride (SnTe) has recently been suggested to be a promising thermoelectric material. In this work, we report on the first thermoelectric study of individual single-crystalline SnTe nanowires with different diameters ranging from ~ 218 to ~ 913 nm. Measurements of thermopower S, electrical conductivity σ and thermal conductivity κ were carried out on the same nanowires over a temperature range of 25 - 300 K. While the electrical conductivity does not show a strong diameter dependence, the thermopower increases by a factor of two when the nanowire diameter is decreased from ~ 913 nm to ~more » 218 nm. The thermal conductivity of the measured NWs is lower than that of the bulk SnTe, which may arise from the enhanced phonon - surface boundary scattering and phonon-defect scattering. Lastly, temperature dependent figure of merit ZT was determined for individual nanowires and the achieved maximum value at room temperature is about three times higher than that in bulk samples of comparable carrier density.« less

  14. Thermoelectric and mechanical properties of multi-wall carbon nanotube doped Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 thermoelectric material

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    Ren, Fei; Wang, Hsin; Menchhofer, Paul A; Kiggans, Jim

    2013-01-01

    Since many thermoelectrics are brittle in nature with low mechanical strength, improving their mechanical properties is important in fabrication of devices such as thermoelectric power generators and coolers. In this work, multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were incorporated into polycrystalline Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 through powder processing, which increased the flexural strength from 32 MPa to 90 MPa. Electrical and thermal conductivities were both reduced in the CNT containing materials, leading to unchanged figure of merit. Dynamic Young s modulus and shear modulus of the composites were lower than the base material, which is likely related to the grain boundary scattering due to the CNTs.

  15. Low temperature magnetic properties and spin dynamics in single crystals of Cr8Zn antiferromagnetic molecular rings

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    Adelnia, Fatemeh; Chiesa, Alessandro; Bordignon, Sara; Carretta, Stefano; Ghirri, Alberto; Candini, Andrea; Cervetti, Christian; Evangelisti, Marco; Affronte, Marco; Sheikin, Ilya; Winpenny, Richard; Timco, Grigore; Borsa, Ferdinando; Lascialfari, Alessandro

    2015-12-01

    A detailed experimental investigation of the effects giving rise to the magnetic energy level structure in the vicinity of the level crossing (LC) at low temperature is reported for the open antiferromagnetic molecular ring Cr8Zn. The study is conducted by means of thermodynamic techniques (torque magnetometry, magnetization and specific heat measurements) and microscopic techniques (nuclear magnetic resonance line width, nuclear spin lattice, and spin-spin relaxation measurements). The experimental results are shown to be in excellent agreement with theoretical calculations based on a minimal spin model Hamiltonian, which includes a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. The first ground state level crossing at μ0Hc1 = 2.15 T is found to be an almost true LC while the second LC at μ0Hc2 = 6.95 T has an anti-crossing gap of Δ12 = 0.19 K. In addition, both NMR and specific heat measurements show the presence of a level anti-crossing between excited states at μ0H = 4.5 T as predicted by the theory. In all cases, the fit of the experimental data is improved by introducing a distribution of the isotropic exchange couplings (J), i.e., using a J strain model. The peaks at the first and second LCs in the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate are dominated by inelastic scattering and a value of Γ ˜ 1010 rad/s is inferred for the life time broadening of the excited state of the open ring, due to spin phonon interaction. A loss of NMR signal (wipe-out effect) is observed for the first time at LC and is explained by the enhancement of the spin-spin relaxation rate due to the inelastic scattering.

  16. The calcium fluoride effect on properties of cryolite melts feasible for low-temperature production of aluminum and its alloys

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    Tkacheva, O.; Dedyukhin, A.; Redkin, A.; Zaikov, Yu.

    2017-07-01

    The CaF2 effect on the liquidus temperature, electrical conductivity and alumina solubility in the potassium-sodium and potassium-lithium cryolite melts with cryolite ratio (CR = (nKF+nMF)/nAlF3, M = Li, Na) 1.3 was studied. The liquidus temperature in the quisi-binary system [KF-LiF-AlF3]-CaF2 changes with the same manner as in the [KF-NaF-AlF3]-CaF2. The electrical conductivity in the KF-NaF-AlF3-CaF2 melt decreases with increasing the CaF2 content, but it slightly raises with the first small addition of CaF2 into the KF-LiF-AlF3-CaF2 melts, enriched with KF, which was explained by the increased K+ ions mobility due to their relatively low ionic potential. The contribution of the Li+ cations in conductivity of the KF-LiF-AlF3-CaF2 electrolyte is not noteworthy. The Al2O3 solubility in the KF-NaF-AlF3 electrolyte rises with the increasing KF content, but the opposite tendency is observed in the cryolite mixtures containing CaF2. The insoluble compounds - KCaAl2F9 or KCaF3 - formed in the molten mixtures containing potassium and calcium ions endorse the increase of the liquidus temperature. The calcium fluoride effect on the side ledge formation in the electrolytic cell during low-temperature aluminum electrolysis is discussed.

  17. Low temperature magnetic properties and spin dynamics in single crystals of Cr{sub 8}Zn antiferromagnetic molecular rings

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    Adelnia, Fatemeh; Chiesa, Alessandro; Bordignon, Sara; Carretta, Stefano; Ghirri, Alberto; Candini, Andrea; Cervetti, Christian; Evangelisti, Marco; Affronte, Marco; Sheikin, Ilya; Winpenny, Richard; Timco, Grigore; Borsa, Ferdinando; and others

    2015-12-28

    A detailed experimental investigation of the effects giving rise to the magnetic energy level structure in the vicinity of the level crossing (LC) at low temperature is reported for the open antiferromagnetic molecular ring Cr{sub 8}Zn. The study is conducted by means of thermodynamic techniques (torque magnetometry, magnetization and specific heat measurements) and microscopic techniques (nuclear magnetic resonance line width, nuclear spin lattice, and spin-spin relaxation measurements). The experimental results are shown to be in excellent agreement with theoretical calculations based on a minimal spin model Hamiltonian, which includes a Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction. The first ground state level crossing at μ{sub 0}H{sub c1} = 2.15 T is found to be an almost true LC while the second LC at μ{sub 0}H{sub c2} = 6.95 T has an anti-crossing gap of Δ{sub 12} = 0.19 K. In addition, both NMR and specific heat measurements show the presence of a level anti-crossing between excited states at μ{sub 0}H = 4.5 T as predicted by the theory. In all cases, the fit of the experimental data is improved by introducing a distribution of the isotropic exchange couplings (J), i.e., using a J strain model. The peaks at the first and second LCs in the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate are dominated by inelastic scattering and a value of Γ ∼ 10{sup 10} rad/s is inferred for the life time broadening of the excited state of the open ring, due to spin phonon interaction. A loss of NMR signal (wipe-out effect) is observed for the first time at LC and is explained by the enhancement of the spin-spin relaxation rate due to the inelastic scattering.

  18. Optical properties of Eu and Er doped LaAlO{sub 3} nanopowders prepared by low-temperature method

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    Maczka, Miroslaw; Bednarkiewicz, Artur; Mendoza-Mendoza, Esmeralda; Fuentes, Antonio F.; Kepinski, Leszek

    2012-10-15

    LaAlO{sub 3} nanoparticles doped with Eu{sup 3+} and Er{sup 3+} ions were synthesized at 500 Degree-Sign C in a two-step process by combining a mechanically induced metathesis reaction and molten salt synthesis. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD and TEM methods, which showed that the mean crystallite size is {approx}45 and {approx}57 nm, respectively. Furthermore, excitation and luminescence spectra as well as decay profiles were measured for the synthesized samples. These studies suggested that the Eu{sup 3+} ions are located at three different local sites without inversion symmetry. Our studies also showed up-conversion emission in the samples doped with Er{sup 3+} ions. The up-conversion mechanism has been discussed. - Graphical abstract: The example up-conversion spectra of 1% and 2% Er{sup 3+}-doped samples under 980 nm photoexcitation (a) and energy transfer scheme (b) in Er{sup 3+}-doped LaAlO{sub 3} nanopowders. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Er and Eu doped LaAlO{sub 3} samples were synthesized at remarkably low temperatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mean crystallite size of the obtained samples is 45-57 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Luminescence and excitation spectra as well as decay profiles were measured. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Eu{sup 3+} ions are located at three different local sites without inversion symmetry. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We discuss mechanism of the up-conversion mechanism in Er{sup 3+} doped samples.

  19. Bismuth doped Mg2Si with improved homogeneity: Synthesis, characterization and optimization of thermoelectric properties

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    Nieroda, P.; Leszczynski, J.; Kolezynski, A.

    2017-04-01

    Recent investigations on Bi doped Mg2Si have shown huge differences of the optimum doping level with respect to maximization of thermoelectric performance. A possible discrepancy among the published results can have origin in different homogeneity of the samples examined in different studies, but it is impossible to judge because of lack of the microstructural studies. Therefore, the aim of the study was to develop a method for obtaining a homogeneous Mg2Si doped with Bi samples and determine the influence of dopant on their thermoelectric properties as well as the solubility limit. The results of theoretical studies of the electronic structure employing FP-LAPW (Full Potential Linearized Augmented Plane Wave) method calculations within density functional theory DFT using the WIEN2k package in Bi-doped Mg2Si are presented. A series of samples with nominal composition Mg2Si1-xBix (x=0-0.06) were prepared using the spark plasma sintering (SPS) method and subsequent annealing. Structural, phase and chemical composition analyses were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning thermoelectric microprobe (STM). The solubility limit was found to be higher than in the previous reports. Carrier concentration was measured using the Hall method. The investigations of the influence of Bi dopant on the transport properties i.e.: electrical conductivity, the Seebeck coefficient and the thermal conductivity were carried out in the temperature range from 300 to 720 K. On the basis of the experimental data, the temperature dependencies of the thermoelectric figure of merit ZT were calculated. Detailed analysis of all obtained results was carried out providing additional insight into the role of the homogeneity of studied materials on their thermoelectric properties.

  20. Low-temperature crystal structure, specific heat, and dielectric properties of lithium tetraborate Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}

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    Senyshyn, A.; Fuess, H.; Schwarz, B.; Ehrenberg, H.; Lorenz, T.; Adamiv, V. T.; Burak, Ya. V.; Banys, J.; Grigalaitis, R.

    2010-11-15

    Coherent neutron powder diffraction experiments were carried out together with specific heat, dilatometry, and dielectric spectroscopy studies on Li{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7} enriched with {sup 11}B isotope to 99.3% at low temperatures. Neither traces of phase transformations nor discontinuous changes in physical properties were observed. Negative thermal expansion, anomalous thermal behavior of selected interatomic distances/angles, isotropic displacement parameters on specific sites as well as dielectric constant were discussed in terms of dynamic lithium disorder.

  1. Tribological Properties of a Pennzane(Registered Trademark)-Based Liquid Lubricant (Disubstituted Alkylated Cyclopentane) for Low Temperature Space Applications

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    Venier, Clifford; Casserly, Edward W.; Jones, William R., Jr.; Marchetti, Mario; Jansen, Mark J.; Predmore, Roamer E.

    2002-01-01

    The tribological properties of a disubstituted alkylated cyclopentane, Pennzane (registered) Synthesized Hydrocarbon Fluid X-1000, are presented. This compound is a lower molecular weight version of the commonly used multiply alkylated cyclopentane, Pennzane X-2000, currently used in many space mechanisms. New, lower temperature applications will require liquid lubricants with lower viscosities and pour points and acceptable vapor pressures. Properties reported include: friction and wear studies and lubricated lifetime in vacuum; additionally, typical physical properties (i.e., viscosity-temperature, pour point, flash and fire point, specific gravity, refractive index, thermal properties, volatility and vapor pressure) are reported.

  2. La 1−x Ca x MnO3 semiconducting nanostructures: morphology and thermoelectric properties

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    2014-01-01

    Semiconducting metallic oxides, especially perosvkite materials, are great candidates for thermoelectric applications due to several advantages over traditionally metallic alloys such as low production costs and high chemical stability at high temperatures. Nanostructuration can be the key to develop highly efficient thermoelectric materials. In this work, La 1−x Ca x MnO3 perosvkite nanostructures with Ca as a dopant have been synthesized by the hydrothermal method to be used in thermoelectric applications at room temperature. Several heat treatments have been made in all samples, leading to a change in their morphology and thermoelectric properties. The best thermoelectric efficiency has been obtained for a Ca content of x=0.5. The electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient are strongly related to the calcium content. PMID:25206315

  3. Modification of electrical and piezoelectric properties of ZnO nanorods based on arsenic incorporation via low temperature spin-on-dopant method

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    Sohn, Jung Inn; Cha, Seung Nam; Kim, Jong Min; Baek, Seong-Ho; Kim, Jae Hyun; Jang, Jae Eun; Jung, Yong-Il; Park, Il-Kyu

    2015-09-01

    We report on the control of the electrical and the piezoelectric properties of ZnO nanorods (NRs) by incorporation of arsenic (As) elements via a low-temperature processed spin-on-dopant (SOD) method. The structural investigations for the SOD-treated ZnO NRs at different temperatures show a negligible change in morphology at temperatures up to 550 °C and melting of the ZnO NRs at 600 °C. Low-temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra show gradual development of acceptor-related emission peaks with increasing SOD treatment temperature from 450 to 550 °C, which indicates the successful incorporation of As atoms into the ZnO NRs. An As Zn -2V Zn shallow acceptor model is suggested by considering the formation energy of the interstitial point-defect complex for the modification of the electrical properties of ZnO NRs. A ZnO NR/ n-Si heterojunction showed better rectifying behavior with increasing SOD treatment temperature, indicating better incorporation of As-dopants at higher SOD treatment temperatures. A piezoelectric nanogenerator was fabricated as a device application of the electrical-property-modified ZnO NRs. The nanogenerator showed enhanced piezoelectric output potential after doping due to the elimination of the screening effect by free charge carriers in the ZnO NRs.

  4. Thermoelectric Study of Copper Selenide

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    Yao, Mengliang; Liu, Weishu; Ren, Zhifeng; Opeil, Cyril

    2014-03-01

    Nanostructuring has been shown to be an effective approach in reducing lattice thermal conductivity and improving the figure of merit of thermoelectric materials. Copper selenide is a layered structure material, which has a low thermal conductivity and p-type Seebeck coefficient at low temperatures. We have evaluated several hot-pressed, nanostructured copper selenide samples with different dopants for their thermoelectric properties. The phenomenon of the charge-density wave observed in the nanocomposite, resistivity, Seebeck, thermal conductivity and carrier mobility will be discussed. Funding for this research was provided by the Solid State Solar - Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC), an Energy Frontier Research Center sponsored by the DOE, Office of Basic Energy Science, Award No. DE-SC0001299/ DE-FG02-09ER46577.

  5. Structural and low temperature transport properties of PbBi thin films fabricated by rapid solidification technique

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    Kuru, Mehmet; Ongun, Erhan; Esad Ozmetin, Ali

    2017-06-01

    In this work, 500 nm thick superconducting α-phase PbBi thin-films were grown by thermal evaporation and quench-condensation mechanism in a vacuum chamber. Thermally-evaporated lead-bismuth vapor condensed on the silicon substrate which was cooled to 77 K by liquid nitrogen (LN2). Titanium-sublimation and a homemade LN2 cold-trap station were utilized to further improve the vacuum conditions. Structural and elemental analyses were conducted using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques. The alloy content of the resulting PbBi film (78.22 at% Pb and 21.78 at% Bi) was found similar to that of the source alloy (82 at% Pb and 18 at% Bi) as the vapor pressure of bismuth lies close to that of lead. To reveal the transport characteristics of superconducting PbBi film, low temperature DC transport measurements were conducted by means of a four-probe method in a closed cycle dry cryostat cryogenics system. It was revealed that the superconductivity transition temperature of PbBi film decreased from 7.74 K to 5.95 K under increasing H-fields from 0 kOe to 7 kOe, respectively. Based on the R-T measurements, the electrical resistivity of quench-condensed PbBi film was calculated at different temperatures of 300 K, 77 K and 7.74 K, which were found as 9.11× {{10}-7} \\text{ohm}\\cdot \\text{m} , 4.43× {{10}-7} \\text{ohm}\\cdot \\text{m} and 1.95× {{10}-7} \\text{ohm}\\cdot \\text{m} , respectively. The residual resistance ratio value, which gives a rough estimation about the quality and performance of the superconducting film, was calculated as 4.65 indicating a reasonably quality film formation.

  6. High temperature thermoelectric properties of strontium titanate thin films with oxygen vacancy and niobium doping.

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    Kumar, S R Sarath; Barasheed, Abeer Z; Alshareef, H N

    2013-08-14

    We report the evolution of high temperature thermoelectric properties of SrTiO3 thin films doped with Nb and oxygen vacancies. Structure-property relations in this important thermoelectric oxide are elucidated and the variation of transport properties with dopant concentrations is discussed. Oxygen vacancies are incorporated during growth or annealing in Ar/H2 above 800 K. An increase in lattice constant due to the inclusion of Nb and oxygen vacancies is found to result in an increase in carrier density and electrical conductivity with simultaneous decrease in carrier effective mass and Seebeck coefficient. The lattice thermal conductivity at 300 K is found to be 2.22 W m(-1) K(-1), and the estimated figure of merit is 0.29 at 1000 K.

  7. The impact of sintering temperature on structural, morphological and thermoelectric properties of zinc titanate nanocrystals

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    Chandrasekaran, P.; Murugu thiruvalluvan, T. M. V.; Arivanandhan, M.; Jayakumari, T.; Anandan, P.

    2017-07-01

    The effect of sintering temperature and Ti:Zn ratio of precursor solutions on the structural, morphological and thermoelectric properties of Zinc titanate (TZO) nanocrystals have been investigated. TZO nanocrystals were synthesized by changing the molar ratio of precursors of Zn and Ti sources by sol-gel method. The synthesized materials were sintered at different temperatures and the formation of multi phases of TZO were analysed by x-ray diffraction studies. The morphological properties and composition of TZO samples were studied by FESEM, TEM and XPS analysis. The thermoelectric properties of the TZO have been studied by measuring the Seebeck coefficient of the materials at various temperature. It was observed that the Seebeck coefficient of TZO sample increases with increasing Zn content in the sample especially at high temperature.

  8. Dielectric Properties and Microstructures of Low-Temperature-Sintered BaTiO3-Based Ceramics with CuBi2O4 Sintering Aid

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    Hasegawa, Tomoyuki; Otagiri, Tadashi

    2006-09-01

    The low-temperature sintering of BaTiO3 (BT) ceramics was investigated by conventional ceramics processing using a CuBi2O4 sintering aid, and the dielectric properties and microstructures of the ceramics were examined. BT powders without CuBi2O4 could not be fully densified at sintering temperatures lower than 1300 °C. However, the addition of CuBi2O4 markedly enhanced the sinterbility of BT powders, and the sintering temperature decreased from 1300 to 920 °C. This may be due to the promotion of liquid-phase sintering. 6.0 wt % CuBi2O4-added BT ceramics sintered at 920 °C exhibited a high density of 5.95 g/cm3. Moreover, to obtain dielectric ceramics with a stable temperature coefficient of capacitance, the effects of ZnO addition on the dielectric properties and microstructures of low-temperature-sintered BT ceramics with a CuBi2O4 sintering aid were also studied. It was found that the addition of ZnO was very effective for improving the temperature coefficient of capacitance and reducing the dielectric loss of the low-temperature-sintered specimens. This is attributable to the microstructural change involving the formation of a core-shell structure, as shown by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy-dispersive spectrometry (TEM-EDS). Therefore, a high dielectric constant of 1900, a low dielectric loss of 0.6% and a stable temperature coefficient of capacitance (X7R EIA standard of Δ C/C25 {\\degC}=± 15% in the temperature range from -55 to +125 °C) were obtained for 1.0 wt % ZnO-added BT ceramics with 6.0 wt % CuBi2O4 sintered at 930 °C for 2 h.

  9. Thermoelectric properties of Mg2X (X = Si, Ge) based bulk and quantum well systems

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    Yelgel, Övgü Ceyda

    2017-01-01

    Mg2X (X = Si, Ge) compounds are promising thermoelectric materials for middle temperature applications due to good thermoelectric properties, nontoxicity, and abundantly available constituent elements. So far, these materials used in applications have all been in bulk form. Herein we report a full theory of thermoelectric transport properties of 3D bulk and 2D quantum well systems. The main aim of this present work is to show the effect of quantum confinement on the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit theoretically. Results are given for n-type Mg2 Si0.5 Ge0.5 solid solutions and n-type Mg2Si/Mg2Ge/Mg2Si quantum well systems where the values of well widths are taken as 10 nm, 15 nm, and 20 nm, respectively. The n-type doping is made by using Sb- and La-elements as dopants. Experimental results for solid solutions are included to provide demonstration of proof of principle for the theoretical model applied for 3D bulk structures. The maximum thermoelectric figure of merits of Lax Mg2 -x Si0.49 Ge0.5 Sb0.01 solid solutions are obtained to be 0.64 and 0.56 at 800 K for x = 0 and x = 0.01 sample, respectively. While, at the same temperature, due to the relatively low phonon thermal conductivity the state-of-the-art ZT values of 2.41 and 2.26 have been attained in the Mg2Si/Mg2Ge/Mg2Si quantum well samples with 0.01 wt. % Sb-doped and 0.01 wt. % Sb- and 0.01 wt. % La-doped, respectively.

  10. Thermoelectric properties of epitaxial TbAs:InGaAs nanocomposites

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    Clinger, Laura E.; Zide, Joshua M. O.; Pernot, Gilles; Shakouri, Ali; Buehl, Trevor E.; Burke, Peter G.; Gossard, Arthur C.; Palmstroem, Christopher J.

    2012-05-01

    InGaAs lattice-matched to InP was grown by molecular beam epitaxy with randomly distributed TbAs nanoparticles for thermoelectric power generation applications. TbAs:InGaAs is expected to have a large thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, particularly at high temperatures, owing to energy band alignment between the nanoparticles and their surrounding matrix. Here, the room temperature thermoelectric properties were measured as a function of TbAs concentration, revealing a maximum thermoelectric power factor of 2.38 W/mK{sup 2} and ZT of 0.19 with 0.2% TbAs. Trends in the thermoelectric properties closely resemble those found in comparable ErAs:InGaAs nanocomposite materials. However, nanoparticles were not observed by scanning transmission electron microscopy in the highest ZT TbAs:InGaAs sample, unlike the highest ZT ErAs:InGaAs sample (0.2% ErAs) and two higher concentration TbAs:InGaAs samples examined. Consistent with expectations concerning the positioning of the Fermi level in these materials, ZT was enhanced by TbAs incorporation largely due to a high Seebeck coefficient, whereas ErAs provided InGaAs with higher conductivity but a lower Seebeck coefficient than that of TbAs:InGaAs. Thermal conductivity was reduced significantly from that of intrinsic thin-film InGaAs only with TbAs concentrations greater than {approx}1.7%.

  11. Improvement of Bipolar Switching Properties of Gd:SiOx RRAM Devices on Indium Tin Oxide Electrode by Low-Temperature Supercritical CO2 Treatment.

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    Chen, Kai-Huang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Chang, Ting-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Liang, Shu-Ping; Young, Tai-Fa; Syu, Yong-En; Sze, Simon M

    2016-12-01

    Bipolar switching resistance behaviors of the Gd:SiO2 resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices on indium tin oxide electrode by the low-temperature supercritical CO2-treated technology were investigated. For physical and electrical measurement results obtained, the improvement on oxygen qualities, properties of indium tin oxide electrode, and operation current of the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices were also observed. In addition, the initial metallic filament-forming model analyses and conduction transferred mechanism in switching resistance properties of the RRAM devices were verified and explained. Finally, the electrical reliability and retention properties of the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices for low-resistance state (LRS)/high-resistance state (HRS) in different switching cycles were also measured for applications in nonvolatile random memory devices.

  12. Improvement of Bipolar Switching Properties of Gd:SiOx RRAM Devices on Indium Tin Oxide Electrode by Low-Temperature Supercritical CO2 Treatment

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    Chen, Kai-Huang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Chang, Ting-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Liang, Shu-Ping; Young, Tai-Fa; Syu, Yong-En; Sze, Simon M.

    2016-02-01

    Bipolar switching resistance behaviors of the Gd:SiO2 resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices on indium tin oxide electrode by the low-temperature supercritical CO2-treated technology were investigated. For physical and electrical measurement results obtained, the improvement on oxygen qualities, properties of indium tin oxide electrode, and operation current of the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices were also observed. In addition, the initial metallic filament-forming model analyses and conduction transferred mechanism in switching resistance properties of the RRAM devices were verified and explained. Finally, the electrical reliability and retention properties of the Gd:SiO2 RRAM devices for low-resistance state (LRS)/high-resistance state (HRS) in different switching cycles were also measured for applications in nonvolatile random memory devices.

  13. Thermoelectric properties of Ba_yNi_xCo_4-xSb_12

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    Uher, C.; Chen, W.; Dyck, J. S.; Chen, L. D.; Kawahara, T.; Tang, X. F.; Goto, T.; Hirai, T.

    2001-03-01

    Recently, the Barium-filled skutterudites, Ba_yCo_4Sb_12, were identified as promising thermoelectric materials [1]. The maximum filling fraction of Ba in Co_4Sb_12 is higher than the one usually associated with either rare-earth atoms or Tl. The thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, for Ba_0.3Co_4Sb_12 is about 1 at 850K which is the highest value reported so far for n-type thermoelectric material. A further step in the optimization of the thermoelectric performance of this material is to tune the electrical properties via doping. In this study, we present thermopower, thermal conductivity, electrical resistivity, Hall effect, and magnetoresistance results on a series of samples with composition Ba_yNi_xCo_4-xSb_12 for temperatures up to room temperature. The effects of the incorporation of Ni into the structure will be discussed. [1] L. D. Chen, T. Kawahara, X. F. Tang, T. Goto, T. Hirai, J. S. Dyck, W. Chen, and C. Uher, Proc. 19th ICT, Cardiff, UK, Aug. 2000, in press.

  14. Effect of high fluence neutron irradiation on transport properties of thermoelectrics

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    Wang, H.; Leonard, K. J.

    2017-07-25

    Thermoelectric materials were subjected to high fluence neutron irradiation in order to understand the effect of radiation damage on transport properties. This paper is relevant to the NASA Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) program in which thermoelectric elements are exposed to radiation over a long period of time in space missions. Selected n-type and p-type bismuth telluride materials were irradiated at the High Flux Isotope Reactor with a neutron fluence of 1.3 × 1018 n/cm2 (E > 0.1 MeV). The increase in the Seebeck coefficient in the n-type material was partially off-set by an increase in electrical resistivity, making the powermore » factor higher at lower temperatures. For the p-type materials, although the Seebeck coefficient was not affected by irradiation, electrical resistivity decreased slightly. The figure of merit, zT, showed a clear drop in the 300–400 K range for the p-type material and an increase for the n-type material. Considering that the p-type and n-type materials are connected in series in a module, the overall irradiation damages at the device level were limited. Finally, these results, at neutron fluences exceeding a typical space mission, are significant to ensure that the radiation damage to thermoelectrics does not affect the performance of RTGs.« less

  15. Influence of Vanadium on the Defect Structure and Thermoelectric Properties of GeTe

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    Nashchekina, O. N.; Rogacheva, E. I.; Vodorez, O. S.

    2013-07-01

    The development of new thermoelectric materials based on GeTe is associated with reducing the hole concentration and thermal conductivity. The objects of the present study are GeTe-based solid solutions in the Ge-V-Te ternary system. The goal of the work is to study the character of the change in the structure, mechanical and thermoelectric properties of GeTe under introduction of VTe. The electrical conductivity σ, Seebeck coefficient S, and Hall coefficient R H were measured in the range of 300 K to 850 K on cast samples and samples prepared by hot pressing; the thermal conductivity λ was measured at room temperature. It was found that the dependences of the unit cell parameters, microhardness, σ, R H, λ, and S on the VTe content exhibit nonmonotonic behavior. The experimental results were interpreted taking into consideration the complex mechanisms of defect formation in the GeTe crystal lattice under introduction of VTe, the existence of nonstoichiometric vacancies, and percolation effects. It was established that introduction of VTe into GeTe leads to a significant decrease in λ and hole concentration p. The maximum room-temperature values of thermoelectric power factor P and thermoelectric figure of merit Z corresponded to ~2 mol.% VTe. With increasing temperature up to ~550 K, P increases, and the maximum value of P is shifted to ~3 mol.% VTe. The values of P and Z obtained for the cast and pressed samples were practically the same.

  16. Thermoelectric Properties of Highly-Crystallized Ge-Te-Se Glasses Doped with Cu/Bi

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    Srinivasan, Bhuvanesh; Boussard-Pledel, Catherine; Dorcet, Vincent; Samanta, Manisha; Biswas, Kanishka; Lefèvre, Robin; Gascoin, Franck; Cheviré, François; Tricot, Sylvain; Reece, Michael; Bureau, Bruno

    2017-01-01

    Chalcogenide semiconducting systems are of growing interest for mid-temperature range (~500 K) thermoelectric applications. In this work, Ge20Te77Se3 glasses were intentionally crystallized by doping with Cu and Bi. These effectively-crystallized materials of composition (Ge20Te77Se3)100−xMx (M = Cu or Bi; x = 5, 10, 15), obtained by vacuum-melting and quenching techniques, were found to have multiple crystalline phases and exhibit increased electrical conductivity due to excess hole concentration. These materials also have ultra-low thermal conductivity, especially the heavily-doped (Ge20Te77Se3)100−xBix (x = 10, 15) samples, which possess lattice thermal conductivity of ~0.7 Wm−1 K−1 at 525 K due to the assumable formation of nano-precipitates rich in Bi, which are effective phonon scatterers. Owing to their high metallic behavior, Cu-doped samples did not manifest as low thermal conductivity as Bi-doped samples. The exceptionally low thermal conductivity of the Bi-doped materials did not, alone, significantly enhance the thermoelectric figure of merit, zT. The attempt to improve the thermoelectric properties by crystallizing the chalcogenide glass compositions by excess doping did not yield power factors comparable with the state of the art thermoelectric materials, as these highly electrically conductive crystallized materials could not retain the characteristic high Seebeck coefficient values of semiconducting telluride glasses. PMID:28772687

  17. Heavy hole effect on the thermoelectric properties of highly doped p-type lead telluride

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    Babenko, N. I.; Dmitriev, A. V.

    2017-01-01

    We study theoretically the thermoelectric properties of heavily doped p-type PbTe in the temperature interval of 300 to 900 K. In our calculations, we use the three-band model of PbTe electron energy spectrum that takes into account the heavy-hole Σ-band. On the base of the Boltzmann kinetic equation, the full set of the relevant kinetic characteristics is calculated including the electrical and thermal conductivities, the Seebeck coefficient, and the thermoelectric figure-of-merit. The thermoelectric characteristics appear to be very sensitive to parameters of the heavy hole band. The best fit with experiment was obtained at mh h=5 m0 and Eg Σ=0.5 eV. All calculated thermoelectric quantities then agree very well with the available experimental data. In particular, we were able to reproduce the significant increase of the figure-of-merit up to Z T ≈1.2 that was experimentally observed recently in heavily p-doped PbTe. Our results show that ZT maximum corresponds to the temperature wherein the light hole and heavy hole band edges coincide so that a prominent density-of-states singularity is formed in the valence band.

  18. Effect of high fluence neutron irradiation on transport properties of thermoelectrics

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    Wang, H.; Leonard, K. J.

    2017-07-01

    Thermoelectric materials were subjected to high fluence neutron irradiation in order to understand the effect of radiation damage on transport properties. This study is relevant to the NASA Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG) program in which thermoelectric elements are exposed to radiation over a long period of time in space missions. Selected n-type and p-type bismuth telluride materials were irradiated at the High Flux Isotope Reactor with a neutron fluence of 1.3 × 1018 n/cm2 (E > 0.1 MeV). The increase in the Seebeck coefficient in the n-type material was partially off-set by an increase in electrical resistivity, making the power factor higher at lower temperatures. For the p-type materials, although the Seebeck coefficient was not affected by irradiation, electrical resistivity decreased slightly. The figure of merit, zT, showed a clear drop in the 300-400 K range for the p-type material and an increase for the n-type material. Considering that the p-type and n-type materials are connected in series in a module, the overall irradiation damages at the device level were limited. These results, at neutron fluences exceeding a typical space mission, are significant to ensure that the radiation damage to thermoelectrics does not affect the performance of RTGs.

  19. Attaining Low Temperatures

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    Wheatley, John D.; Van Till, Howard J.

    1970-01-01

    Discusses the definition of temperature and the concept of order in non-mathematical terms. Describes the cooling techniques necessary in low temperature physics research, including magnetic cooling, the use of the Pomeranchuk Effect, and dilution refrigeration. Outlines the types of phenomena observed in matter within various temperature ranges…

  20. Low temperature fluid blender

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    Repas, G. A.

    1971-01-01

    Blender supplies hydrogen at temperatures from 289 deg K to 367 deg K. Hydrogen temperature is controlled by using blender to combine flow from liquid hydrogen tank /276 deg K/ and gaseous hydrogen cylinder /550 deg K/. Blenders are applicable where flow of controlled low-temperature fluid is desired.

  1. Attaining Low Temperatures

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    Wheatley, John D.; Van Till, Howard J.

    1970-01-01

    Discusses the definition of temperature and the concept of order in non-mathematical terms. Describes the cooling techniques necessary in low temperature physics research, including magnetic cooling, the use of the Pomeranchuk Effect, and dilution refrigeration. Outlines the types of phenomena observed in matter within various temperature ranges…

  2. Influence of cation and anion substitutions on the thermoelectric properties of pnictide skutterudite compounds

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    Watcharapasorn, Anucha

    A good thermoelectric material is characterized by a high thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT), which involves high Seebeck coefficient, low electrical resistivity and low thermal conductivity. In 1995, it was discovered by a research group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory that a skutterudite compound, CeFe4Sb12, had a higher ZT than that of the currently used materials. This discovery was partly based on a suggestion of Dr. Glenn A. Slack that skutterudite compounds might possess good thermoelectric properties because of their ability to accept extra atoms into its open structure which can then rattle and scatter heat-carrying phonons, hence reducing the lattice thermal conductivity. Since then, a number of research studies were initiated to investigate the preparation and thermoelectric properties of the skutterudites and other related compounds. This study involved the synthesis and thermoelectric property measurements of a number of phosphide and arsenide skutterudite compounds. The goal was to investigate their transport properties and to make a comparison with their antimonide counterparts. It was found that while the binary phosphide CoP 3 had very low resistivity, it possessed low Seebeck coefficient and high thermal conductivity which resulted in low ZT values. Replacing Co with Ir to form IrP3 resulted in a larger Seebeck coefficient and lower thermal conductivity, but the electrical resistivity was too high to give a high efficiency. The study of lanthanum filled CoP3 and a CoP3-xAsx solid solution, however, showed an improvement in the thermoelectric figure of merit. This was mainly due to an enhancement in the Seebeck coefficient and lower thermal conductivity, while their electrical resistivities were not significantly affected by the cation or anion substitutions. The study of ternary compounds, RT4X12 (R = Ce and Pr, T = Fe and Ru, X = P and As), showed that cerium-phosphorus based compounds exhibited semiconducting properties while the others showed

  3. Annealing effects on the optical and morphological properties of ZnO nanorods on AZO substrate by using aqueous solution method at low temperature.

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    Hang, Da-Ren; Islam, Sk Emdadul; Sharma, Krishna Hari; Kuo, Shiao-Wei; Zhang, Cheng-Zu; Wang, Jun-Jie

    2014-01-01

    Vertically aligned ZnO nanorods (NRs) on aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) substrates were fabricated by a single-step aqueous solution method at low temperature. In order to optimize optical quality, the effects of annealing on optical and structural properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence (PL), and Raman spectroscopy. We found that the annealing temperature strongly affects both the near-band-edge (NBE) and visible (defect-related) emissions. The best characteristics have been obtained by employing annealing at 400°C in air for 2 h, bringing about a sharp and intense NBE emission. The defect-related recombinations were also suppressed effectively. However, the enhancement decreases with higher annealing temperature and prolonged annealing. PL study indicates that the NBE emission is dominated by radiative recombination associated with hydrogen donors. Thus, the enhancement of NBE is due to the activation of radiative recombinations associated with hydrogen donors. On the other hand, the reduction of visible emission is mainly attributed to the annihilation of OH groups. Our results provide insight to comprehend annealing effects and an effective way to improve optical properties of low-temperature-grown ZnO NRs for future facile device applications.

  4. Structural and optical properties of Ag-doped copper oxide thin films on polyethylene napthalate substrate prepared by low temperature microwave annealing

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    Das, Sayantan; Alford, T. L.

    2013-06-28

    Silver doped cupric oxide thin films are prepared on polyethylene naphthalate (flexible polymer) substrates. Thin films Ag-doped CuO are deposited on the substrate by co-sputtering followed by microwave assisted oxidation of the metal films. The low temperature tolerance of the polymer substrates led to the search for innovative low temperature processing techniques. Cupric oxide is a p-type semiconductor with an indirect band gap and is used as selective absorption layer solar cells. X-ray diffraction identifies the CuO phases. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry measurements confirm the stoichiometry of each copper oxide formed. The surface morphology is determined by atomic force microscopy. The microstructural properties such as crystallite size and the microstrain for (-111) and (111) planes are calculated and discussed. Incorporation of Ag led to the lowering of band gap in CuO. Consequently, it is determined that Ag addition has a strong effect on the structural, morphological, surface, and optical properties of CuO grown on flexible substrates by microwave annealing. Tauc's plot is used to determine the optical band gap of CuO and Ag doped CuO films. The values of the indirect and direct band gap for CuO are found to be 2.02 eV and 3.19 eV, respectively.

  5. Highly uniform resistive switching properties of amorphous InGaZnO thin films prepared by a low temperature photochemical solution deposition method.

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    Hu, Wei; Zou, Lilan; Chen, Xinman; Qin, Ni; Li, Shuwei; Bao, Dinghua

    2014-04-09

    We report on highly uniform resistive switching properties of amorphous InGaZnO (a-IGZO) thin films. The thin films were fabricated by a low temperature photochemical solution deposition method, a simple process combining chemical solution deposition and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation treatment. The a-IGZO based resistive switching devices exhibit long retention, good endurance, uniform switching voltages, and stable distribution of low and high resistance states. Electrical conduction mechanisms were also discussed on the basis of the current-voltage characteristics and their temperature dependence. The excellent resistive switching properties can be attributed to the reduction of organic- and hydrogen-based elements and the formation of enhanced metal-oxide bonding and metal-hydroxide bonding networks by hydrogen bonding due to UV irradiation, based on Fourier-transform-infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Field emission scanning electron microscopy analysis of the thin films. This study suggests that a-IGZO thin films have potential applications in resistive random access memory and the low temperature photochemical solution deposition method can find the opportunity for further achieving system on panel applications if the a-IGZO resistive switching cells were integrated with a-IGZO thin film transistors.

  6. Thermoelectric Properties of Fe1+y Te Prepared by a High Pressure Sintering Method

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    Di, Jiaxin; Li, Hong-Tao; Xu, Gui-Ying

    2016-11-01

    Enhancing thermoelectric properties by utilizing topological properties of topological insulators has attracted increasing attention. Here, powder metallurgy technology combined with high pressure sintering (HPS) was used to prepare Fe1+y Te (y = 0.1, 0.15, 0.1978, 0.22) alloys at 1173 K. The prepared products were identified by x-ray diffraction, and their microstructures were examined by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Electric conductivities (σ) and Seebeck coefficient (S) were measured in the temperature range of 303-623 K. The influence of variation in Fe content on thermoelectric properties was studied. The experimental results show that all HPS samples are nanometer composites consisting of Fe3Te2 and FeTe2. Fe1+y Te have electrical charges on the boundaries of topological insulators, which have the potential to be studied in the future. The Fe1+y Te with y = 0.1 shows the best thermoelectric properties at room temperature.

  7. Thermoelectric Properties of Fe1+ y Te Prepared by a High Pressure Sintering Method

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    Di, Jiaxin; Li, Hong-Tao; Xu, Gui-Ying

    2017-05-01

    Enhancing thermoelectric properties by utilizing topological properties of topological insulators has attracted increasing attention. Here, powder metallurgy technology combined with high pressure sintering (HPS) was used to prepare Fe1+ y Te ( y = 0.1, 0.15, 0.1978, 0.22) alloys at 1173 K. The prepared products were identified by x-ray diffraction, and their microstructures were examined by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). Electric conductivities ( σ) and Seebeck coefficient ( S) were measured in the temperature range of 303-623 K. The influence of variation in Fe content on thermoelectric properties was studied. The experimental results show that all HPS samples are nanometer composites consisting of Fe3Te2 and FeTe2. Fe1+ y Te have electrical charges on the boundaries of topological insulators, which have the potential to be studied in the future. The Fe1+ y Te with y = 0.1 shows the best thermoelectric properties at room temperature.

  8. The mechanical, optical and thermoelectric properties of MCoF3 (M = K and Rb) compounds

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    Mubarak, A. A.

    2017-02-01

    This is an ab initio study instituted on the density functional theory (DFT) and the full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) calculations that are performed to analyze the mechanical, electronic, optical and thermoelectric properties of the cubic MCoF3 compound (M = K and Rb). The studied compounds are found thermodynamically and mechanically stable. Moreover, these compounds are found to be elastically anisotropic and ductile. KCoF3 and RbCoF3 are classified as half-metallic and anti-ferromagnetic compounds. The optical properties are investigated from the dielectric function for the different energy ranges. The thermoelectric properties such as transport properties are determined as a function of temperature using BoltzTrape code in the range of 20-800 K. The present compounds are found to have p-type character. Also, the majority charge carriers are found to be electrons rather than hole. Useful mechanical, spintronic, optical and thermoelectric applications are predicted based upon the calculations.

  9. Transport Properties of Bulk Thermoelectrics An International Round-Robin Study, Part I: Seebeck Coefficient and Electrical Resistivity

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    Wang, Hsin; Porter, Wallace D; Bottner, Harold; Konig, Jan; Chen, Lidong; Bai, Shengqiang; Tritt, Terry M.; Mayolett, Alex; Senawiratne, Jayantha; Smith, Charlene; Harris, Fred; Gilbert, Partricia; Sharp, Jeff; Lo, Jason; Keinke, Holger; Kiss, Laszlo I.

    2013-01-01

    Recent research and development of high temperature thermoelectric materials has demonstrated great potential of converting automobile exhaust heat directly into electricity. Thermoelectrics based on classic bismuth telluride have also started to impact the automotive industry by enhancing air conditioning efficiency and integrated cabin climate control. In addition to engineering challenges of making reliable and efficient devices to withstand thermal and mechanical cycling, the remaining issues in thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration are mostly materials related. The figure-of-merit, ZT, still needs to improve from the current value of 1.0 - 1.5 to above 2 to be competitive to other alternative technologies. In the meantime, the thermoelectric community could greatly benefit from the development of international test standards, improved test methods and better characterization tools. Internationally, thermoelectrics have been recognized by many countries as an important area for improving energy efficiency. The International Energy Agency (IEA) group under the implementing agreement for Advanced Materials for Transportation (AMT) identified thermoelectric materials as an important area in 2009. This paper is Part I of the international round-robin testing of transport properties of bulk thermoelectrics. The main focuses in Part I are on two electronic transport properties: Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity.

  10. Ab-initio study of thermoelectric properties of Mg{sub 2}Ge

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    Kaur, Kulwinder Kumar, Ranjan

    2016-05-23

    In this paper we investigate the thermoelectric properties of Mg{sub 2}Ge material using first principles pseudo potential method based on density functional theory and Boltzmann transport equations. The calculations show n-type conduction, indicating that the electrical conduction is due to electron. The electrical conductivity decrease with temperature; the negative value of Seebeck Coefficient also shows that the conduction is due to electron. In this paper we have calculated Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity and thermal conductivity. The thermoelectric properties of system have been calculated in this temperature range 100 K-1200 K. The value of Figure of Merit (ZT) of this material is also increasing with temperature and maximum value is 4.58×10{sup −5}.

  11. Thermoelectric properties of V2O5 thin films deposited by thermal evaporation

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    Santos, R.; Loureiro, J.; Nogueira, A.; Elangovan, E.; Pinto, J. V.; Veiga, J. P.; Busani, T.; Fortunato, E.; Martins, R.; Ferreira, I.

    2013-10-01

    This work reports the structural, optical, electrical and thermoelectric properties of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) thin films deposited at room temperature by thermal evaporation on Corning glass substrates. A post-deposition thermal treatment up to 973 K under atmospheric conditions induces the crystallization of the as-deposited amorphous films with an orthorhombic V2O5 phase with grain sizes around 26 nm. As the annealing temperature rises up to 773 K the electrical conductivity increases. The films exhibit thermoelectric properties with a maximum Seebeck coefficient of -218 μV/K and electrical conductivity of 5.5 (Ω m)-1. All the films show NIR-Vis optical transmittance above 60% and optical band gap of 2.8 eV.

  12. Modeling the transport properties of epitaxially grown thermoelectric oxide thin films using spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Sarath Kumar, S. R.; Abutaha, Anas I.; Hedhili, M. N.; Alshareef, H. N.

    2012-01-01

    The influence of oxygen vacancies on the transport properties of epitaxial thermoelectric (Sr,La)TiO3 thin films is determined using electrical and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) measurements. Oxygen vacancy concentration was varied by ex-situ annealing in Ar and Ar/H2. All films exhibited degenerate semiconducting behavior, and electrical conductivity decreased (258-133 S cm-1) with increasing oxygen content. Similar decrease in the Seebeck coefficient is observed and attributed to a decrease in effective mass (7.8-3.2 me), as determined by SE. Excellent agreement between transport properties deduced from SE and direct electrical measurements suggests that SE is an effective tool for studying oxide thin film thermoelectrics.

  13. Thickness Effects for Thermoelectric Property of Antimony Telluride Nanoplatelets via Solvothermal Method

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    Yan, Xinxin; Zheng, Wenwen; Liu, Fengming; Yang, Shuhua; Wang, Ziyu

    2016-01-01

    Nanostructures have the potential to exhibit good thermoelectric properties by tuning and controlling their size and thickness, and the competing electrical and thermal properties can be decoupled by engineering the interface and grain boundary. In the present study, Sb2Te3 nanoplatelets with different sizes were fabricated using a practical solvothermal method. The thickness of the platelets were regulated between sizes of 10 nm and 100 nm, and the opposite edge length was varied between 1 and 10 μm by altering chemical conditions. Consequently, manipulating the grain size made it suitable to benefit the carrier transport and also block phonons for the thin platelets, resulting in a significant decrease in thermal conductivity and simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity. The results showed that the optimized figure of merit ZT, increased from 0.2 to 1.0 for thin samples, providing a comprehensive understanding of size-dependent thermoelectric performance. PMID:27898107

  14. Thermoelectric properties of Ni-doped CuInTe2

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    Kucek, V.; Drasar, C.; Navratil, J.; Plechacek, T.; Benes, L.

    2015-08-01

    Polycrystalline samples of composition Cu1-xNixInTe2 (for x=0-0.05) were synthesized from elements of 5 N purity using a solid-state reaction. The phase purity of the products was verified by X-ray diffraction. Samples for measurement of the transport properties were prepared using hot-pressing. The samples were then characterized by the measurement of electrical conductivity, the Hall coefficient, the Seebeck coefficient, and the thermal conductivity over a temperature range of 300-675 K. All of the samples demonstrate p-type conductivity. We discuss the influence of Ni substitution on the free carrier concentration and the thermoelectric performance. The investigation of the thermoelectric properties shows an improvement up to 50% of ZT in the temperature range of 300-600 K.

  15. Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Te3 Nanocrystals with Diverse Morphologies Obtained via Modified Hydrothermal Method

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    Dharmaiah, Peyala; Hong, Soon-Jik

    2016-11-01

    Single-phase Bi2Te3 nanostructures (spherical and flower-like) have been synthesized using a modified hydrothermal method at different reaction temperatures (70°C, 100°C, and 150°C) and subsequently consolidated by spark plasma sintering. Their crystal structure, morphology, and thermoelectric and mechanical properties were investigated. The results suggest that the reaction temperature had a significant effect on the morphology and thermoelectric properties. The presence of nanostructures in bulk samples led to a remarkable decrease in thermal conductivity with a lesser effect on electrical conductivity. As a result, the figure of merit (ZT) of the spark-plasma-sintered sample processed from spherical nanoparticles reached 0.54 at 400 K. The Vickers microhardness of the bulk sample processed from spherical nanoparticles was higher than the best results found in literature.

  16. Thickness Effects for Thermoelectric Property of Antimony Telluride Nanoplatelets via Solvothermal Method.

    PubMed

    Yan, Xinxin; Zheng, Wenwen; Liu, Fengming; Yang, Shuhua; Wang, Ziyu

    2016-11-29

    Nanostructures have the potential to exhibit good thermoelectric properties by tuning and controlling their size and thickness, and the competing electrical and thermal properties can be decoupled by engineering the interface and grain boundary. In the present study, Sb2Te3 nanoplatelets with different sizes were fabricated using a practical solvothermal method. The thickness of the platelets were regulated between sizes of 10 nm and 100 nm, and the opposite edge length was varied between 1 and 10 μm by altering chemical conditions. Consequently, manipulating the grain size made it suitable to benefit the carrier transport and also block phonons for the thin platelets, resulting in a significant decrease in thermal conductivity and simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity. The results showed that the optimized figure of merit ZT, increased from 0.2 to 1.0 for thin samples, providing a comprehensive understanding of size-dependent thermoelectric performance.

  17. Thickness Effects for Thermoelectric Property of Antimony Telluride Nanoplatelets via Solvothermal Method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yan, Xinxin; Zheng, Wenwen; Liu, Fengming; Yang, Shuhua; Wang, Ziyu

    2016-11-01

    Nanostructures have the potential to exhibit good thermoelectric properties by tuning and controlling their size and thickness, and the competing electrical and thermal properties can be decoupled by engineering the interface and grain boundary. In the present study, Sb2Te3 nanoplatelets with different sizes were fabricated using a practical solvothermal method. The thickness of the platelets were regulated between sizes of 10 nm and 100 nm, and the opposite edge length was varied between 1 and 10 μm by altering chemical conditions. Consequently, manipulating the grain size made it suitable to benefit the carrier transport and also block phonons for the thin platelets, resulting in a significant decrease in thermal conductivity and simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity. The results showed that the optimized figure of merit ZT, increased from 0.2 to 1.0 for thin samples, providing a comprehensive understanding of size-dependent thermoelectric performance.

  18. Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2Te3 Nanocrystals with Diverse Morphologies Obtained via Modified Hydrothermal Method

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dharmaiah, Peyala; Hong, Soon-Jik

    2017-05-01

    Single-phase Bi2Te3 nanostructures (spherical and flower-like) have been synthesized using a modified hydrothermal method at different reaction temperatures (70°C, 100°C, and 150°C) and subsequently consolidated by spark plasma sintering. Their crystal structure, morphology, and thermoelectric and mechanical properties were investigated. The results suggest that the reaction temperature had a significant effect on the morphology and thermoelectric properties. The presence of nanostructures in bulk samples led to a remarkable decrease in thermal conductivity with a lesser effect on electrical conductivity. As a result, the figure of merit ( ZT) of the spark-plasma-sintered sample processed from spherical nanoparticles reached 0.54 at 400 K. The Vickers microhardness of the bulk sample processed from spherical nanoparticles was higher than the best results found in literature.

  19. Defect induced structural and thermoelectric properties of Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloy

    SciTech Connect

    Das, Diptasikha; Malik, K.; Deb, A. K.; Dhara, Sandip; Bandyopadhyay, S.; Banerjee, Aritra

    2015-07-28

    Structural and thermoelectric properties of metallic and semiconducting Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} are reported. X-Ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy studies reveal that semiconducting sample has higher defect density. Nature and origin of possible defects are highlighted. Semiconducting Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} hosts larger numbers of defects, which act as scattering center and give rise to the increased value of resistivity, thermopower, and power factor. Thermopower data indicate p-type nature of the synthesized samples. It is evidenced that the surface states are often mixed with the bulk state, giving rise to metallicity in Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3}. Role of different scattering mechanism on the thermoelectric property of Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 3} is discussed.

  20. High-temperature thermoelectric properties of Hg-doped CuInTe{sub 2}

    SciTech Connect

    Kucek, V. Drasar, C.; Kasparova, J.; Plechacek, T.; Benes, L.; Navratil, J.; Vlcek, M.

    2015-09-28

    Polycrystalline samples of composition CuIn{sub 1−x}Hg{sub x}Te{sub 2} (x = 0–0.21) were synthesized from elements of 5N purity using a solid state reaction. The phase purity of the products was verified by X-ray diffraction. Samples for transport property measurements were prepared using hot-pressing. The samples were characterized by measurement of the electrical conductivity, Hall coefficient, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity over a temperature range of 300–675 K. All samples show p-type conductivity. We discuss the influence of Hg substitution on the free carrier concentration and thermoelectric performance. The investigation of the thermoelectric properties shows up to a 40% improvement of ZT in the temperature range of 300–600 K.