Doping with foreign atom has been shown to be an effective way to enhance the dimensionless figure of merit ZT of Bi2Te3-based thermoelectric raw materials. Herein, we report that doping with Nb is effective in enhancing the Seebeck coefficient of n-type Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3 polycrystalline bulks. Considering compensation of the Seebeck coefficient due to decrease of the electrical conductivity in Nb-doped compositions, the absolute value of Seebeck coefficient rather increased benefiting from an enhancement of the density of states (DOS) effective mass m* from 1.09m0 (Cu0.008Bi2Te2.7Se0.3) to 1.21m0 − 1.27m0 (Cu0.008Bi2−xNbxTe2.7Se0.3) due to a DOS engineering effect. The values of ZT were 0.84 at 300 K and 0.86 at 320 K for Cu0.008Bi1.99Nb0.01Te2.7Se0.3. This compositional tuning approach highlights the possibility of further enhancement of ZT for n-type Bi2Te3-based compounds by using a combination of nanostructuring technologies to reduce the thermal conductivity.
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