Synchronized enhancement of thermoelectric properties of higher manganese silicide by introducing Fe and Co nanoparticles

Gwansik Kim, Hyun Sik Kim, Ho Seong Lee, Jeongmin Kim, Kyu Hyoung Lee, Jong Wook Roh, Wooyoung Lee

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Introduction of nanophases is known to be effective in improving thermoelectric performance as it allows the simultaneous engineering of electronic and thermal transports. In this study, we synthesized Fe and Co nanoparticle-embedded MnSi1.787Al0.01 nanocomposites through a simple nanometal-decoration technique and spark plasma sintering. The nanoparticles introduced in the matrix caused energy band bending at the matrix–nanoparticle interface, which induced charge transfer and energy filtering effects. These two seemingly opposing effects were combined so as to increase the power factor of the nanocomposites by enhancing the electronic transport. Moreover, we found that the lattice thermal conductivity decreased owing to intensified phonon scattering. Hence, a maximum ZT of 0.53 (at 773 K) was achieved in 0.6 vol% Fe nanoparticle-embedded nanocomposites, which is 25% higher than that of the pristine sample.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104698
JournalNano Energy
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government ( MSIT , 2017R1A2A1A17069528 ).

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© 2020 Elsevier Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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