High-Performance Thermoelectric Bulk Colusite by Process Controlled Structural Disordering

Cédric Bourgès, Yohan Bouyrie, Andrew R. Supka, Rabih Al Rahal Al Orabi, Pierric Lemoine, Oleg I. Lebedev, Michihiro Ohta, Koichiro Suekuni, Vivian Nassif, Vincent Hardy, Ramzy Daou, Yuzuru Miyazaki, Marco Fornari, Emmanuel Guilmeau

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High-performance thermoelectric bulk sulfide with the colusite structure is achieved by controlling the densification process and forming short-to-medium range structural defects. A simple and powerful way to adjust carrier concentration combined with enhanced phonon scattering through point defects and disordered regions is described. By combining experiments with band structure and phonons calculations, we elucidate, for the first time, the underlying mechanism at the origin of intrinsically low thermal conductivity in colusite samples as well as the effect of S vacancies and antisite defects on the carrier concentration. Our approach provides a controlled and scalable method to engineer high power factors and remarkable figures of merit near the unity in complex bulk sulfide such as Cu26V2Sn6S32 colusites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2186-2195
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 14 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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