Thermal and Electrical Conduction of Single-crystal Bi2Te3 Nanostructures grown using a one step process

Dambi Park, Sungjin Park, Kwangsik Jeong, Hong Sik Jeong, Jea Yong Song, Mann Ho Cho

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Abstract

Single-crystal Bi2Te3 nanowires (NWs) and nanoribbons (NRs) were synthesized by a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method from Bi2Te3 powder. To investigate the thermal properties of the Bi2Te3 nanostructure, a nondestructive technique based on temperature dependent Raman mapping was carried out. The Raman peaks were red shifted with increasing temperature. In addition, the fraction of the laser power absorbed inside the Bi2Te3 nanostructures was estimated by optical simulation and used to calculate the thermal conductivity value (κ). The thermal conductivity value obtained for the Bi2Te3 NW and NR was 1.47 Wm-1K-1 and 1.81 Wm-1K-1 at 300 K, respectively. The electrical conductivity of the Bi2Te3 nanostructure was also measured. In particular, an excellent electrical conductivity value of 1.22 ∗ 103Ω-1cm-1 was obtained for the Bi2Te3 NW at 300 K. This result can be attributed to topological insulator surface states. As a result of our study, the figure of merit (ZT) for the Bi2Te3 NW and NR can be significantly improved.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19132
JournalScientific reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 11

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