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Large-scale production of (GeTe)(x)(AgSbTe2)(100-x) (x=75, 80, 85, 90) with enhanced thermoelectric properties via gas-atomization and spark plasma sintering

TitleLarge-scale production of (GeTe)(x)(AgSbTe2)(100-x) (x=75, 80, 85, 90) with enhanced thermoelectric properties via gas-atomization and spark plasma sintering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsKim, HS, Dharmaiah, P, Madavali, B, Ott, R, Lee, KH, Hong, SJ
JournalActa Materialia
Volume128
Pagination43-53
Date Published04
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1359-6454
Accession NumberWOS:000397692600005
Keywordsgas-atomization, hardness, Materials Science, Mechanical properties, mechanical-properties, Metallurgical Engineering, nanostructures, performance, ratio, Spark plasma sintering, TAGS, transport
Abstract

chniques for large-scale preparation of samples with varying composition (i.e., (GeTe)(x)(AgSbTe2)(100-x) where x = 75, 80, 85, and 90). High-temperature x-ray diffraction was used to understand the phase transformation mechanism of the as-atomized powders. Detailed high-resolution transmission electron microscopy of the sintered samples revealed the presence of nanoscale precipitates, antiphase, and twin boundaries. The nanoscale twins and antiphase boundaries serve as phonon scattering centers, leading to the reduction of total thermal conductivity in TAGS-80 and 90 samples. The maximum ZT obtained was 1.56 at 623 K for TAGS-90, which was similar to 94% improvement compared to values previously reported. The presence of the twin boundaries also resulted in a high fracture toughness (K-IC) of the TAGS-90 sample due to inhibition of dislocation movement at the twin boundary. (C) 2017 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI10.1016/j.actamat.2017.01.053
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