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Title: Discovery of ZrCoBi based half Heuslers with high thermoelectric conversion efficiency
Authors: Zhu, H.He, R.Mao, J.Zhu, Q.Li, C.Sun, J.Ren, W.Wang, Y.Liu, Z.Tang, Z.Sotnikov, A.Wang, Z.Broido, D.Singh, D.J.Chen, G.Nielsch, K.Ren, Z.
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Issue Date: 2018
Published in: Nature Communications Vol. 9 (2018), No. 1
Publisher: London : Nature Publishing Group
Abstract: Thermoelectric materials are capable of converting waste heat into electricity. The dimensionless figure-of-merit (ZT), as the critical measure for the material's thermoelectric performance, plays a decisive role in the energy conversion efficiency. Half-Heusler materials, as one of the most promising candidates for thermoelectric power generation, have relatively low ZTs compared to other material systems. Here we report the discovery of p-type ZrCoBi-based half-Heuslers with a record-high ZT of ∼1.42 at 973 K and a high thermoelectric conversion efficiency of ∼9% at the temperature difference of ∼500 K. Such an outstanding thermoelectric performance originates from its unique band structure offering a high band degeneracy (N v) of 10 in conjunction with a low thermal conductivity benefiting from the low mean sound velocity (v m ∼2800 m s-1). Our work demonstrates that ZrCoBi-based half-Heuslers are promising candidates for high-temperature thermoelectric power generation.
Keywords: efficiency measurement; performance assessment; power generation; sound velocity; thermal conductivity; article; high temperature; sound; thermal conductivity; velocity
DDC: 530
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