High-temperature thermoelectric properties of late rare earth-doped Ca3Co4O9+

Nong Ngo Van, Chia-Jyi Liu, M. Ohtaki

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Misfit-layered oxides Ca3−xLnxCo4O9+ with Ln = Dy, Er, Ho, and Lu were synthesized using solid state reactions. The resulting samples were hot-pressed (HP) at 1123K in air for 2 h under a uniaxial pressure of 60 MPa. Thermoelectric properties of Ca3−xLnxCo4O9+ı were investigated up to 1200 K. Both the Seebeck coefficient and electrical resistivity increase upon Ln substitution for Ca. Among the Ln-doped samples, the magnitude of Seebeck coefficient tends to increase with decreasing ionic radius of Ln3+. The Ln-doped samples exhibit a lower thermal conductivity than the non-doped one due to a decrease of their lattice thermal conductivity. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, reaches 0.36 at 1073K for the Ca2.8Lu0.2Co4O9+ sample, which is about 1.6 times larger than that for the non-doped counterpart.
Keyword: Thermoelectric materials; Oxide materials; Solid state reactions; Thermoelectrics
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Pages (from-to)977-981
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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