Effects of Ce filling fraction and Fe content on the thermoelectric properties of Co-rich CeyFexCo4-xSb12

Xinfeng Tang, Lidong Chen, Takashi Goto, Toshio Hirai

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Abstract

Single-phase filled skutterudite compounds, CeyFexCo4-xSb12 (x = 0 to 3.0, y = 0 to 0.74), were synthesized by a melting method. The effects of Fe content and Ce filling fraction on the thermoelectric properties of CeyFexCo4-xSb12 were investigated. The lattice thermal conductivity of Ce-saturated CeyFexCo4-xSb12, y being at the maximum corresponding to x, decreased with increasing Fe content (x) and reached its minimum at about x = 1.5. When x was 1.5, lattice thermal conductivity decreased with increasing Ce filling fraction till y = 0.3 and then began to increase after reaching the minimum at y = 0.3. Hole concentration and electrical conductivity of CeyFe1.5Co2.5Sb12 decreased with increasing Ce filling fraction, The Seebeck coefficient increased with increasing Ce filling fraction. The greatest dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit T value of 1.1 was obtained at 750 K for the composition of Ce0.28Fe1.52Co2.48Sb12.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-843
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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