Cu doping has been known to enhance thermoelectric performance of p-type (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys by suppressing bipolar conduction at higher temperatures. However, detailed mechanisms are not provided yet. Herein, we investigate the unchallenged role of Cu doping in (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys by means of Bi-rich compositions of Bi0.6Sb1.4Te3 and Bi0.7Sb1.3Te3, which were chosen since they exhibit much inferior thermoelectric performance owing to severe bipolar conduction. It was found that Cu doping increases non-degenerate mobility and density-of-states effective mass of valence band as well as hole concentration. Small amount of Cu doping enhanced maximum thermoelectric figure-of-merit of Bi0.6Sb1.4Te3 composition from 0.25 to 0.98.
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This work was supported by the Samsung Research Funding & Incubation Center of Samsung Electronics under Project Number SRFC-MA1701-05 .
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- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
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