n-Type SnSe2 Oriented-Nanoplate-Based Pellets for High Thermoelectric Performance

Yubo Luo, Yun Zheng, Zhongzhen Luo, Shiqiang Hao, Chengfeng Du, Qinghua Liang, Zhong Li, Khiam Aik Khor, Kedar Hippalgaonkar, Jianwei Xu, Qingyu Yan*, Chris Wolverton, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

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It is reported that electron doped n-type SnSe2 nanoplates show promising thermoelectric performance at medium temperatures. After simultaneous introduction of Se deficiency and Cl doping, the Fermi level of SnSe2 shifts toward the conduction band, resulting in two orders of magnitude increase in carrier concentration and a transition to degenerate transport behavior. In addition, all-scale hierarchical phonon scattering centers, such as point defects, nanograin boundaries, stacking faults, and the layered nanostructures, cooperate to produce very low lattice thermal conductivity. As a result, an enhanced in-plane thermoelectric figure of merit ZTmax of 0.63 is achieved for a 1.5 at% Cl doped SnSe1.95 pellet at 673 K, which is much higher than the corresponding in-plane ZT of pure SnSe2 (0.08).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1702167
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Issue number8
StatePublished - Mar 15 2018


  • Se deficiency
  • SnSe
  • chlorine doping
  • nanoplate orientation
  • thermoelectric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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