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Xiaolong Xu, Qingjun Song, Haifeng Wang, Pan Li, Kun Zhang, Yilun Wang, Kai Yuan, Zichen Yang, Yu Ye, Lun Dai
The group IV-VI compound tin selenide (SnSe) has recently attracted particular interest due to its unexpectedly low thermal conductivity and high power factor, showing great promise for thermoelectric applications. With an orthorhombic lattice structure, SnSe displays intriguing anisotropic properties due to the low symmetry of the puckered in-plane lattice structure. When thermoelectric materials, like SnSe, have decreased dimensionality, their thermoelectric conversion efficiency may be improved due to increased power factor and decreased thermal conductivity...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Zi-Zhen Lin, Cong-Liang Huang, Wen-Kai Zhen, Yan-Hui Feng, Xin-Xin Zhang, Ge Wang
The hot-wire method is applied in this paper to probe the thermal conductivity (TC) of Cu and Ni nanoparticle packed beds (NPBs). A different decrease tendency of TC versus porosity than that currently known is discovered. The relationship between the porosity and nanostructure is investigated to explain this unusual phenomenon. It is found that the porosity dominates the TC of the NPB in large porosities, while the TC depends on the contact area between nanoparticles in small porosities. Meanwhile, the Vickers hardness (HV) of NPBs is also measured...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Lina Yang, Austin J Minnich
Nanocrystalline thermoelectric materials based on Si have long been of interest because Si is earth-abundant, inexpensive, and non-toxic. However, a poor understanding of phonon grain boundary scattering and its effect on thermal conductivity has impeded efforts to improve the thermoelectric figure of merit. Here, we report an ab-initio based computational study of thermal transport in nanocrystalline Si-based materials using a variance-reduced Monte Carlo method with the full phonon dispersion and intrinsic lifetimes from first-principles as input...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tiejun Zhu, Yintu Liu, Chenguang Fu, Joseph P Heremans, Jeffrey G Snyder, Xinbing Zhao
The past two decades have witnessed the rapid growth of thermoelectric (TE) research. Novel concepts and paradigms are described here that have emerged, targeting superior TE materials and higher TE performance. These superior aspects include band convergence, "phonon-glass electron-crystal", multiscale phonon scattering, resonant states, anharmonicity, etc. Based on these concepts, some new TE materials with distinct features have been identified, including solids with high band degeneracy, with cages in which atoms rattle, with nanostructures at various length scales, etc...
March 6, 2017: Advanced Materials
Mouna Gharsallah, Federico Serrano-Sanchez, Norbert M Nemes, Jose Luis Martinez, Jose Antonio Alonso
In competitive thermoelectric devices for energy conversion and generation, high-efficiency materials of both n-type and p-type are required. For this, Bi2Te3-based alloys have the best thermoelectric properties in room temperature applications. Partial replacement of tellurium by selenium is expected to introduce new donor states in the band gap, which would alter electrical conductivity and thermopower. We report on the preparation of n-type Bi2(Te1-xSex)3 solid solutions by a straightforward arc-melting technique, yielding nanostructured polycrystalline pellets...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Biao Xu, Tianli Feng, Matthias T Agne, Lin Zhou, Xiulin Ruan, G Jeffery Snyder, Yue Wu
To enhance the performance of thermoelectric materials and enable access to their widespread applications, it is beneficial yet challenging to synthesize hollow nanostructures in large quantities, with high porosity, low thermal conductivity (κ) and excellent figure of merit (z T). Herein we report a scalable (ca. 11.0 g per batch) and low-temperature colloidal processing route for Bi2 Te2.5 Se0.5 hollow nanostructures. They are sintered into porous, bulk nanocomposites (phi 10 mm×h 10 mm) with low κ (0...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Soudabeh Mashhadi, Dinh Loc Duong, Marko Burghard, Klaus Kern
Tuning the electron and phonon transport properties of thermoelectric materials by nanostructuring has enabled improving their thermopower figure of merit. Three-dimensional topological insulators, including many bismuth chalcogenides, attract increasing attention for this purpose, as their topologically protected surface states are promising to further enhance the thermoelectric performance. While individual bismuth chalcogenide nanostructures have been studied with respect to their photothermoelectric properties, nanostructured p-n junctions of these compounds have not yet been explored...
January 11, 2017: Nano Letters
Shuankui Li, Tianju Fan, Xuerui Liu, Fusheng Liu, Hong Meng, Yidong Liu, Feng Pan
Novel Bi2Te3/graphene quantum dots (Bi2Te3/GQDs) hybrid nanosheets with a unique structure that GQDs are homogeneously embedded in the Bi2Te3 nanosheet matrix have been synthesized by a simple solution-based synthesis strategy. A significantly reduced thermal conductivity and enhanced powder factor are observed in the Bi2Te3/GQDs hybrid nanosheets, which is ascribed to the optimized thermoelectric transport properties of the Bi2Te3/GQDs interface. Furthermore, by varying the size of the GQDs, the thermoelectric performance of Bi2Te3/GQDs hybrid nanostructures could be further enhanced, which could be attributed to the optimization of the density and dispersion manner of the GQDs in the Bi2Te3 matrix...
February 1, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Taehan Yeo, Hayoung Hwang, Dongjoon Shin, Byungseok Seo, Wonjoon Choi
There is an urgent need to develop a suitable energy source owing to the rapid development of various innovative devices using micro-nanotechnology. The thermopower wave (TW), which produces a high specific power during the combustion of solid fuel inside micro-nanostructure materials, is a unique energy source for unusual platforms that cannot use conventional energy sources. Here, we report on the significant enhancement of hybrid energy generation of pyroelectrics and thermoelectrics from TWs in carbon nanotube (CNT)-PZT (lead zirconate titanate, P(Z0...
January 4, 2017: Nanotechnology
S Aminorroaya Yamini, D R G Mitchell, M Avdeev
Multiphase thermoelectric materials have recently attracted considerable attention due to the high thermoelectric efficiencies which can be achieved in these compounds compared to their single-phase counterparts. However, there is very little known on the structural evolution of these phases as a function of temperature. In this work we performed an in situ high temperature structural characterisation of recently reported high efficiency p-type multiphase (PbTe)0.65(PbS)0.25(PbSe)0.1 compounds by hot stage transmission electron microscopy and high-resolution neutron powder diffraction...
December 7, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Dongwook Lee, Sayed Youssef Sayed, Sangyeop Lee, Chris Adam Kuryak, Jiawei Zhou, Gang Chen, Yang Shao-Horn
Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) has high electrical conductivity (∼10(3) S cm(-1)) but it exhibits a low Seebeck coefficient (<15 μV K(-1)), resulting in a low power factor. Mixing PEDOT:PSS with nanostructured semiconductors can enhance the Seebeck coefficient and achieve an improved thermoelectric power factor. However, underlying mechanisms for those composite thermoelectric systems are scarcely understood so far. In this study, quantitative analyses on the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient for the heterostructures of nanometer-thick PEDOT:PSS on single-crystal Si (001) on sapphire (SOS) are reported...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Fariborz Kargar, Bishwajit Debnath, Joona-Pekko Kakko, Antti Säynätjoki, Harri Lipsanen, Denis L Nika, Roger K Lake, Alexander A Balandin
Similar to electron waves, the phonon states in semiconductors can undergo changes induced by external boundaries. However, despite strong scientific and practical importance, conclusive experimental evidence of confined acoustic phonon polarization branches in individual free-standing nanostructures is lacking. Here we report results of Brillouin-Mandelstam light scattering spectroscopy, which reveal multiple (up to ten) confined acoustic phonon polarization branches in GaAs nanowires with a diameter as large as 128 nm, at a length scale that exceeds the grey phonon mean-free path in this material by almost an order-of-magnitude...
November 10, 2016: Nature Communications
Kunsu Park, Kyunghan Ahn, Joonil Cha, Sanghwa Lee, Sue In Chae, Sung-Pyo Cho, Siheon Ryee, Jino Im, Jaeki Lee, Su-Dong Park, Myung Joon Han, In Chung, Taeghwan Hyeon
Thermoelectrics directly converts waste heat into electricity and is considered a promising means of sustainable energy generation. While most of the recent advances in the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) resulted from a decrease in lattice thermal conductivity by nanostructuring, there have been very few attempts to enhance electrical transport properties, i.e., the power factor. Here we use nanochemistry to stabilize bulk bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) that violates phase equilibrium, namely, phase-pure n-type K0...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Linqi Zong, Yan Jin, Chang Liu, Bin Zhu, Xiaozhen Hu, Zhenda Lu, Jia Zhu
Alloy anodes, particularly silicon, have been intensively pursued as one of the most promising anode materials for the next generation lithium-ion battery primarily because of high specific capacity (>4000 mAh/g) and elemental abundance. In the past decade, various nanostructures with porosity or void space designs have been demonstrated to be effective to accommodate large volume expansion (∼300%) and to provide stable solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) during electrochemical cycling. However, how to produce these building blocks with precise morphology control at large scale and low cost remains a challenge...
November 9, 2016: Nano Letters
Roberto Urcuyo, Dinh Loc Duong, Patrick Sailer, Marko Burghard, Klaus Kern
Hot carriers in semiconductor or metal nanostructures are relevant, for instance, to enhance the activity of oxide-supported metal catalysts or to achieve efficient photodetection using ultrathin semiconductor layers. Moreover, rapid collection of photoexcited hot carriers can improve the efficiency of solar cells, with a theoretical maximum of 85%. Because of the long lifetime of secondary excited electrons, graphene is an especially promising two-dimensional material to harness hot carriers for solar-to-electricity conversion...
November 9, 2016: Nano Letters
Zhongwei Zhang, Yuee Xie, Qing Peng, Yuanping Chen
Inspired by the successful synthesis of three two-dimensional (2D) allotropes, the boron sheet has recently been one of the hottest 2D materials around. However, to date, phonon transport properties of these new materials are still unknown. By using the non-equilibrium Green's function (NEGF) combined with the first principles method, we study ballistic phonon transport in three types of boron sheets; two of them correspond to the structures reported in the experiments, while the third one is a stable structure that has not been synthesized yet...
November 4, 2016: Nanotechnology
Yanguang Zhou, Ming Hu
Thermoelectrics offer an attractive pathway for addressing an important niche in the globally growing landscape of energy demand. Nanoengineering existing low-dimensional thermoelectric materials pertaining to realizing fundamentally low thermal conductivity has emerged as an efficient route to achieve high energy conversion performance for advanced thermoelectrics. In this paper, by performing nonequilibrium and Green-Kubo equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations we report that the thermal conductivity of Si nanowires (NWs) in polycrystalline form can reach a record low value substantially below the Casimir limit, a theory of diffusive boundary limit that regards the direction-averaged mean free path is limited by the characteristic size of the nanostructures...
October 12, 2016: Nano Letters
Gangjian Tan, Li-Dong Zhao, Mercouri G Kanatzidis
There has been a renaissance of interest in exploring highly efficient thermoelectric materials as a possible route to address the worldwide energy generation, utilization, and management. This review describes the recent advances in designing high-performance bulk thermoelectric materials. We begin with the fundamental stratagem of achieving the greatest thermoelectric figure of merit ZT of a given material by carrier concentration engineering, including Fermi level regulation and optimum carrier density stabilization...
October 12, 2016: Chemical Reviews
Mathew J Cherukara, Badri Narayanan, Alper Kinaci, Kiran Sasikumar, Stephen K Gray, Maria K Y Chan, Subramanian K R S Sankaranarayanan
We introduce a bond order potential (BOP) for stanene based on an ab initio derived training data set. The potential is optimized to accurately describe the energetics, as well as thermal and mechanical properties of a free-standing sheet, and used to study diverse nanostructures of stanene, including tubes and ribbons. As a representative case study, using the potential, we perform molecular dynamics simulations to study stanene's structure and temperature-dependent thermal conductivity. We find that the structure of stanene is highly rippled, far in excess of other 2-D materials (e...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Amirkoushyar Ziabari, Mona Zebarjadi, Daryoosh Vashaee, Ali Shakouri
The recent developments in nanoscale solid-state cooling are reviewed. This includes both theoretical and experimental studies of different physical concepts, as well as nanostructured material design and device configurations. We primarily focus on thermoelectric, thermionic and thermo-magnetic coolers. Particular emphasis is given to the concepts based on metal-semiconductor superlattices, graded materials, non-equilibrium thermoelectric devices, Thomson coolers, and photon assisted Peltier coolers as promising methods for efficient solid-state cooling...
September 2016: Reports on Progress in Physics
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