Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 39, Issue 9, pp 1828–1831 | Cite as

Structural Phase Transitions and Thermoelectric Properties of AgPb18SbTe20 Under Compression

  • Ravhi S. KumarEmail author
  • Mahalingam Balasubramanian
  • Matthew Jacobsen
  • Arunkumar Bommannavar
  • Mercouri Kanatzidis
  • Seiji Yoneda
  • Andrew L. Cornelius


The high-figure-of-merit thermoelectric material AgPb18SbTe20 has been investigated by in situ angular-dispersive x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray absorption fine-structure (XAFS) measurements up to 30 GPa. Resistivity and thermopower were measured with Bridgman-type opposed metal anvil cells. The results show that the ambient cubic \( \left( {Fm\overline{3} m} \right) \) structure transforms to orthorhombic (Pnma) at 6.4 GPa and then to the CsCl-type \( \left( {Pm\overline{3} m} \right) \) structure at 15 GPa. The ambient cubic \( \left( {Fm\overline{3} m} \right) \) phase is found to be recoverable on releasing the pressure. The thermoelectric power is found to increase with pressure for the cubic phase. The XAFS studies performed at the Pb L 3-edge and Ag K-edge along with resistivity studies complement the XRD findings.


AgPb18SbTe20 x-ray diffraction structural phase transition 


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This work, or portions of it, were performed at HPCAT (Sector 16), Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. HPCAT is supported by DOE-BES, DOE-NNSA, NSF, and the W.M. Keck Foundation. APS is supported by DOE-BES under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. Work at PNC/XOR supported by the US DOE-BES, NSERC (Canada), and its founding members. Funding support form ONT is acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ravhi S. Kumar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mahalingam Balasubramanian
    • 2
  • Matthew Jacobsen
    • 1
  • Arunkumar Bommannavar
    • 3
  • Mercouri Kanatzidis
    • 4
  • Seiji Yoneda
    • 5
  • Andrew L. Cornelius
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Astronomy, High Pressure Science and Engineering CenterUniversity of Nevada Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.PNC/XOR, Advanced Photon SourceArgonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA
  3. 3.HPCAT and Carnegie Institution of WashingtonArgonneUSA
  4. 4.Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Department of Electronics and Information FrontiersKanagawa UniversityKanagawaJapan

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