Cu 2ZnGeSe 4 nanocrystals: Synthesis and thermoelectric properties

Maria Ibáñez, Reza Zamani, Aaron LaLonde, Doris Cadavid, Wenhua Li, Alexey Shavel, Jordi Arbiol, Joan Ramon Morante, Stéphane Gorsse, G. Jeffrey Snyder, Andreu Cabot*

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A synthetic route for producing Cu 2ZnGeSe 4 nanocrystals with narrow size distributions and controlled composition is presented. These nanocrystals were used to produce densely packed nanomaterials by hot-pressing. From the characterization of the thermoelectric properties of these nanomaterials, Cu 2ZnGeSe 4 is demonstrated to show excellent thermoelectric properties. A very preliminary adjustment of the nanocrystal composition has already resulted in a figure of merit of up to 0.55 at 450°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4060-4063
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 7 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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