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Enhancing the Thermoelectric Performance of Polycrystalline SnSe by Decoupling Electrical and Thermal Transport through Carbon Fiber Incorporation

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society. Thermoelectric (TE) materials have attracted extensive interest because of their ability to achieve direct heat-to-electricity conversion. They provide an appealing renewable energy source in a variety of applications by harvesting waste heat. The record-breaking figure of merit reported for single crystal SnSe has stimulated related research on its polycrystalline counterpart. Boosting the TE conversion efficiency requires increases in the power factor and decreases in thermal conductivity. It is still a big challenge, however, to optimize these parameters independently because of their complex interrelationships. Herein, we propose an innovative approach to decouple electrical and thermal transport by incorporating carbon fiber (CF) into polycrystalline SnSe. We show that the incorporation of highly conductive CF can successfully enhance the electrical conductivity, while greatly reducing the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline SnSe. As a result, a high TE figure-of-merit (zT) of 1.3 at 823 K is obtained in p-type SnSe/CF composite polycrystalline materials. Furthermore, SnSe samples incorporated with CFS exhibit superior mechanical properties, which are favorable for device fabrication applications. Our results indicate that the dispersion of CF can be a good way to greatly improve both TE and mechanical performance. ©

Authors


  •   Yang, Guangsai (external author)
  •   Sang, Lina (external author)
  •   Li, Meng (external author)
  •   Nazrul Islam, Sheik Md Kazi (external author)
  •   Yue, Zengji
  •   Liu, Liqiang (external author)
  •   Li, Jianing (external author)
  •   Mitchell, David R. G.
  •   Ye, Ning (external author)
  •   Wang, Xiaolin

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Yang, G., Sang, L., Li, M., Nazrul Islam, S., Yue, Z., Liu, L., Li, J., Mitchell, D., Ye, N. & Wang, X. (2020). Enhancing the Thermoelectric Performance of Polycrystalline SnSe by Decoupling Electrical and Thermal Transport through Carbon Fiber Incorporation. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces,

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85081699813

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Copyright © 2020 American Chemical Society. Thermoelectric (TE) materials have attracted extensive interest because of their ability to achieve direct heat-to-electricity conversion. They provide an appealing renewable energy source in a variety of applications by harvesting waste heat. The record-breaking figure of merit reported for single crystal SnSe has stimulated related research on its polycrystalline counterpart. Boosting the TE conversion efficiency requires increases in the power factor and decreases in thermal conductivity. It is still a big challenge, however, to optimize these parameters independently because of their complex interrelationships. Herein, we propose an innovative approach to decouple electrical and thermal transport by incorporating carbon fiber (CF) into polycrystalline SnSe. We show that the incorporation of highly conductive CF can successfully enhance the electrical conductivity, while greatly reducing the thermal conductivity of polycrystalline SnSe. As a result, a high TE figure-of-merit (zT) of 1.3 at 823 K is obtained in p-type SnSe/CF composite polycrystalline materials. Furthermore, SnSe samples incorporated with CFS exhibit superior mechanical properties, which are favorable for device fabrication applications. Our results indicate that the dispersion of CF can be a good way to greatly improve both TE and mechanical performance. ©

Authors


  •   Yang, Guangsai (external author)
  •   Sang, Lina (external author)
  •   Li, Meng (external author)
  •   Nazrul Islam, Sheik Md Kazi (external author)
  •   Yue, Zengji
  •   Liu, Liqiang (external author)
  •   Li, Jianing (external author)
  •   Mitchell, David R. G.
  •   Ye, Ning (external author)
  •   Wang, Xiaolin

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Yang, G., Sang, L., Li, M., Nazrul Islam, S., Yue, Z., Liu, L., Li, J., Mitchell, D., Ye, N. & Wang, X. (2020). Enhancing the Thermoelectric Performance of Polycrystalline SnSe by Decoupling Electrical and Thermal Transport through Carbon Fiber Incorporation. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces,

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85081699813

Place Of Publication


  • United States