Crystal structures and thermoelectric properties of Ru1-xRe xSiy chimney-ladder compounds

Akira Ishida, Norihiko L. Okamoto, Kyosuke Kishida, Katsushi Tanaka, Haruyuki Inui

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The phase relationship of Re-alloyed Ru2Si3 and the variations of the crystal structures and thermoelectric properties of the Ru1-xRexSiy chimney-ladder phases have been studied as a function of the Re concentration. The Ru1-xRe xSiy chimney-ladder phases are formed in a wide compositional range. Compositional formula of the chimney-ladder phases are determined to be Rui1-xRexSi1.539+0.178x (0.14 < x ≤ 0.76), which are systematically deviated from the idealized composition conforming the valence electron counting rule: VEC=14. Measurements of thermoelectric properties of single crystals with different compositions reveal that the chimney-ladder phases exhibit n-type semiconducting behavior at low Re concentrations and p-type semiconducting behavior at high Re concentrations. These results suggest that the VEC=14 rule can be used for predicting the semiconducting behavior of the chimney-ladder phases through the adjustment of VEC values by substituting elements, producing p-type semiconductors for VEC<14 and n-type for VEC>14, with the carrier concentration related to the deviation from VEC=14.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-240
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jun 29
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2006 Nov 272006 Nov 29

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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