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Effects of Electroless Plating with Cu Content on Thermoelectric and Mechanical Properties of p-type Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 Bulk Alloys

  • Xueting Dai (代雪婷)
  • Zhongyue Huang (黄中月)
  • Yuan Yu
  • Chongjian Zhou
  • Fangqiu Zu
Advanced Materials
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Abstract

Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Cu core/shell powders were prepared by electroless plating and hydrogen reduction, and then sintered into bulk by spark plasma sintering. After electroless plating, with increasing the Cu content, the electrical conductivity keeps enhancing significantly. The highest electrical conductivity reaches 3341S/cm at room temperature in Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 with 0.67wt% Cu bulk sample. Moreover, the lowest lattice thermal conductivity reaches 0.32 W/m·K at 572.2 K in Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 with 0.67wt% Cu bulk sample, which is caused by the scattering of the rich-copper particles with different dimensions and massive grain boundaries. According to the results, the ZT values of all Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3/Cu bulk samples have improved in a high temperature range. In Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 with 0.15wt% Cu bulk sample, the highest ZT value at 573.4 K is 0.81. When the Cu content increases to 0.67wt%, the highest ZT value reaches 0.85 at 622.2 K. Meanwhile, the microhardness increases with increasing the Cu content.

Key words

Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3 electroless plating thermoelectric property mechanical property spark plasma sintering 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xueting Dai (代雪婷)
    • 1
  • Zhongyue Huang (黄中月)
    • 1
  • Yuan Yu
    • 1
  • Chongjian Zhou
    • 2
  • Fangqiu Zu
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Materials Science & EngineeringHefei University of TechnologyHefeiChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of MaterialsXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina

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