Author(s) Yan, X.; Zheng, W.; Liu, F.; Yang, S.; Wang, Z.
Journal Sci Rep
Date Published 2016 Nov 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.

DOI 10.1038/srep37722
ISSN 2045-2322
Citation Sci Rep. 2016;6:37722.

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