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Substitution in MxZn4-xSb3: Effect on Thermal Stability, Crystal Structure, Phase Transitions, and Thermoelectric Performance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry (MMK).
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2010 (English)In: Chemistry of Materials, ISSN 0897-4756, E-ISSN 1520-5002, Vol. 22, no 7, 2375-2383 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The effects of Cd substitution in MxZn4-xSb3 on the high-temperature thermal stability, low-temperature phase transitions and thermoelectric properties have been studied on three samples with a substitution degree of 0.1, 1, and 2 at % Cd (x = 0.004, 0.04, 0.08). The high-temperature thermal stability in atmospheric air of a I % substituted sample is compared with an unsubstituted Zn4Sb3 sample. Multitemperature synchrotron powder diffraction data reveals that while only similar to 42 wt % of the original Zn4Sb3 phase remains in the unsubstituted sample after three heating cycles to 625 K, 78 wt % is preserved in the Cd-substituted sample. Thus, Cd-substitution provides a significant improvement of the thermal stability of Zn4Sb3. Multitemperature synchrotron powder diffraction data measured between 90 and 300 K reveal that Cd substitution has a suppressing effect on the alpha'-alpha-beta phase transitions. With increasing substitution, there is also a significant change in the individual Zn site occupancies. Differential scanning calorimetry shows an apparent correlation between Cd content and phase transition temperature. Thermoelectric properties have been measured from 2 to 400 K for all samples, and although some physical properties are significantly affected by doping, no immediate improvement of ZT was achieved.

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2010. Vol. 22, no 7, 2375-2383 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-50137DOI: 10.1021/m903659gISI: 000276394800027OAI: diva2:380575
authorCount :5Available from: 2010-12-21 Created: 2010-12-21 Last updated: 2010-12-21Bibliographically approved

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