Nanocomposites can simultaneously enhance the thermoelectric and mechanical properties of thermoelectric materials. Here, we fabricated bulks of Mg1.96Al0.04Si0.97Bi0.03 with monodispersed few-layered reduced graphene oxides utilizing ultrasonic-based wet chemical pulverizing-mixing and spark plasma sintering to improve unfavorable trade-off between thermoelectric performance and mechanical reliability, which is important for commercialization. An unexpected high fracture toughness of ~1.88 MPa m1/2 was observed due to the synergetic effect of the deflection of crack propagation, bridging, and sheet pull-out mechanisms, and a high thermoelectric figure of merit ~0.6 was obtained even for a high content (3 vol.%) of reduced graphene oxides.
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This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant ( 2017R1A2A1A17069528 ) funded by the Korea government (MSIT), the Industrial Fundamental Technology Development Program (10052977) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE), and Hyundai Motor Group ( 2017-11-0993 ).
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys