In situ observation of eutectoid reaction forming a PbTe-Sb2Te3 thermoelectric nanocomposite by synchrotron X-ray diffraction

Teruyuki Ikeda, Eric S. Toberer, Vilupanur A. Ravi, G. Jeffrey Snyder*, Shinobu Aoyagi, Eiji Nishibori, Makoto Sakata

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In situ high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction experiments have been performed on Pb10.5Sb31.6Te57.9 using a synchrotron X-ray source to observe the eutectoid reaction from Pb2Sb6Te11 to PbTe and Sb2Te3. Molar fractions of the constituent phases and fraction transformed were obtained as functions of time. The experimental fraction transformed vs. time curve were well fitted by the Kolmogorov-Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation with an Avrami index n = 1.4. The small n value suggests that the growth of the new phases PbTe and Sb2Te3 is one-dimensional.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-324
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009


  • Annealing
  • Decomposition
  • Phase transformation kinetics
  • Synchrotron radiation
  • Thermoelectric materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys

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