Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 1576–1583 | Cite as

Phase Content and Thermoelectric Properties of Optimized Thermoelectric Structures Based on the Ag-Pb-Sb-Te System

  • Ihor Horichok
  • Rasit Ahiska
  • Dmytro Freik
  • Lyubomyr Nykyruy
  • Stepan Mudry
  • Ostap Matkivskiy
  • Taras Semko


Results of x-ray studies and measurements of thermoelectric parameters (Seebeck coefficient S, specific electrical conductivity σ, and thermal conductivity χ) of materials based on lead telluride, such as PbTe, PbTe:Sb, PbTe-Sb2Te3, Pb18Ag1Sb1Te20, Pb18Ag2Te20, and PbTe-Ag2Te, are presented. It was found that PbTe:Sb (with 0.3 at.% Sb) as well as Pb18Ag1Sb1Te20 and Pb18Ag2Te20 systems have the highest thermoelectric figure of merit values. In the case of PbTe:Sb, this is due to a significant increase of the electrical conductivity. In the cases of Pb18Ag1Sb1Te20 and Pb18Ag2Te20, it is due to an increase of the Seebeck coefficient and a significant reduction in the thermal conductivity compared with pure PbTe.


Lead telluride doping solid solutions LAST thermoelectric properties 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ihor Horichok
    • 1
  • Rasit Ahiska
    • 2
  • Dmytro Freik
    • 1
  • Lyubomyr Nykyruy
    • 1
  • Stepan Mudry
    • 3
  • Ostap Matkivskiy
    • 1
  • Taras Semko
    • 1
  1. 1.Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National UniversityIvano-FrankivskUkraine
  2. 2.Gazi UniversityAnkaraTurkey
  3. 3.Ivan Franko National University of LvivLvivUkraine

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