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Silver-Based Intermetallic Heterostructures in Sb2Te3 Thick Films with Enhanced Thermoelectric Power Factors

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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-9510, United States
Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China 310027
§ Materials Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-5050, United States
Cite this: Nano Lett. 2012, 12, 2, 1075–1080
Publication Date (Web):January 11, 2012
Copyright © 2012 American Chemical Society

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    In this work, AgxTey-Sb2Te3 heterostructured films are prepared by ligand exchange using hydrazine soluble metal chalcogenide. Because of the created interfacial barrier, cold carriers are more strongly scattered than hot ones and thereby an over 50% enhanced thermoelectric power factor (∼2 μW/(cm·K2)) is obtained at 150 °C. This shows the possibility of engineering multiphases to further improve thermoelectric performance beyond phonon scattering through a low-temperature solution processed route.

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    Methods and experimental details. The principles and detailed description of electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient measurement setup; TEM images of the selected diffraction area and Ag concentration; TGA result of as prepared Ag NPs; digital images of the electrical measurement setup; film thickness; and XRD pattern of AST500. This material is available free of charge via the Internet at

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