High performance thermoelectricity in earth-abundant compounds based on natural mineral tetrahedrites

Xu Lu, Donald T. Morelli, Yi Xia, Fei Zhou, Vidvuds Ozolins, Hang Chi, Xiaoyuan Zhou, Ctirad Uher

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Abstract

Compounds based on the natural mineral tetrahedrite exhibit thermoelectric properties comparable to state of the art materials. Tetrahedrites are semiconductors with large Seebeck coefficients and low electrical resistivity. Additionally, a highly anharmonic phonon spectrum gives rise to minimal lattice thermal conductivity. Natural tetrahedrite mineral may be used as a low cost, earth-abundant source material for high performance thermoelectricity.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages342-348
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

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Thermoelectricity
Minerals
Earth (planet)
Seebeck coefficient
Thermal conductivity
Semiconductor materials
Costs

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

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High performance thermoelectricity in earth-abundant compounds based on natural mineral tetrahedrites. / Lu, Xu; Morelli, Donald T.; Xia, Yi; Zhou, Fei; Ozolins, Vidvuds; Chi, Hang; Zhou, Xiaoyuan; Uher, Ctirad.

In: Advanced Energy Materials, Vol. 3, No. 3, 03.2013, p. 342-348.

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Lu, Xu ; Morelli, Donald T. ; Xia, Yi ; Zhou, Fei ; Ozolins, Vidvuds ; Chi, Hang ; Zhou, Xiaoyuan ; Uher, Ctirad. / High performance thermoelectricity in earth-abundant compounds based on natural mineral tetrahedrites. In: Advanced Energy Materials. 2013 ; Vol. 3, No. 3. pp. 342-348
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