Ultra-low thermal conductivity in B2O3composited SiGe bulk with enhanced thermoelectric performance at medium temperature region

Jian Nong, Ying Peng, Chengyan Liu, Jin Bo Shen, Qing Liao, Yi Ling Chiew, Yoshifumi Oshima, Fu Cong Li, Zhong Wei Zhang, Lei Miao

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Abstract

Commonly, SiGe is considered as a typical thermoelectric material with a favorable performance in the high temperature region. Here, we report a new strategy through the addition of the nano-second-phase B2O3 into SiGe via ball milling and spark plasma sintering technique, aiming to realize high thermoelectric performance in the medium temperature region. By controlling the amount of B2O3 added to the SiGe matrix, the thermal conductivity is greatly reduced because of the compound effects of the nano-second-phase and beneficial microstructure. Simultaneously, the power factors are also enhanced, resulting in a high ZT of 1.47 of the p-type B2O3/SiGe bulk composite at 873 K. Our ZT values are 116% higher than the typical materials used in radio-isotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), and show 104% enhancement over the p-type SiGe alloys in the present study. This study opens a new way to widen and improve the thermoelectric performance for narrow temperature region materials, and is especially highly effective for the environmentally friendly SiGe materials. This journal is

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4120-4130
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Volume10
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb 28
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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