Thermoelectric properties and microstructure of Mg3Sb2

Cathie L. Condron, Susan M. Kauzlarich*, Franck Gascoin, G. Jeffrey Snyder

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Mg3Sb2 has been prepared by direct reaction of the elements. Powder X-ray diffraction, thermal gravimetric, differential scanning calorimetery, and microprobe data were obtained on hot pressed samples. Single phase samples of Mg3Sb2 were prepared and found to contain oxygen at the grain boundaries and to lose Mg and oxidize at temperatures above 900 K. Thermoelectric properties were characterized by Seebeck, electrical resistivity, and thermal conductivity measurements from 300 to 1023 K, and the maximum zT was found to be 0.21 at ∼875 K.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2252-2257
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • Antimonide
  • Calorimetry
  • Composite thermoelectric
  • High temperature thermoelectric
  • MgSb
  • Thermoelectric
  • Zintl
  • Zintl phase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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