Initial assessment of the thermoelectric properties for the mixed system K2-xRbxBi8Se13

John R. Ireland*, Theodora Kyratsi, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis, C. R. Kannewurf

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In previous studies we have investigated the thermoelectric properties of undoped and doped compositions of β-K2Bi8Se13. The attempt to substitute Rb for K resulted in a different structure type, but with potentially useful thermal properties. In this paper the results of measuring the thermoelectric properties of small crystalline samples for K2-xRbxBi8Se13 solid solutions are reported for the compositional ranges with 0 ≤ × ≤ 1 and with 1.8 ≤ × ≤ 2. The presence of rubidium provides a significant improvement in the thermopower but has much less of an effect on the electrical conductivity. The combined results are reflected in the power factor behavior as a function of temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-436
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 2002
EventThermoelectric Materials 2001-Research and Applications - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 26 2001Nov 29 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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