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Synthesis and Characterization of Al-Doped Mg2Si Thermoelectric Materials
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Materials- and Nano Physics, Functional Materials, FNM.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5380-975X
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2013 (English)In: Journal of Electronic Materials, ISSN 0361-5235, E-ISSN 1543-186X, Vol. 42, no 7, 1956-1959 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Magnesium silicide (Mg2Si)-based alloys are promising candidates for thermoelectric (TE) energy conversion for the middle to high range of temperature. These materials are very attractive for TE research because of the abundance of their constituent elements in the Earth's crust. Mg2Si could replace lead-based TE materials, due to its low cost, nontoxicity, and low density. In this work, the role of aluminum doping (Mg2Si:Al = 1:x for x = 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, and 0.04 molar ratio) in dense Mg2Si materials was investigated. The synthesis process was performed by planetary milling under inert atmosphere starting from commercial Mg2Si pieces and Al powder. After ball milling, the samples were sintered by means of spark plasma sintering to density > 95%. The morphology, composition, and crystal structure of the samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction analyses. Moreover, Seebeck coefficient analyses, as well as electrical and thermal conductivity measurements were performed for all samples up to 600A degrees C. The resultant estimated ZT values are comparable to those reported in the literature for these materials. In particular, the maximum ZT achieved was 0.50 for the x = 0.01 Al-doped sample at 600A degrees C.

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New York: Springer, 2013. Vol. 42, no 7, 1956-1959 p.
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Magnesium silicide, aluminum, thermoelectricity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-125565DOI: 10.1007/s11664-013-2482-6ISI: 000320890800106ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84879795351OAI: diva2:640021
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QC 20130812

Available from: 2013-08-12 Created: 2013-08-09 Last updated: 2014-09-18Bibliographically approved
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1. Nano-EngineeredThermoelectric Materials for Waste Heat Recovery
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2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Energy crisis and thermal management related issues have been highlighted in the modern century due to escalating demands for energy consumption and global warming from fossil fuels. Sustainable and alternative energy sources are an ever growing global concern. Thermoelectric (TE) materials have gained significant interest, due to effective solid-state energy conversion from waste heat to useful electrical energy and vice versa.   Clean, noise-free, and environment-friendly operation of TE devices has triggered great attention in viable technologies including automotive, military equipment, aerospace, and industries to scavenge waste heat into power. To date, conventional TE materials have shown limited energy conversion efficiency, i.e. TE Figure of Merit (ZT). However, the concept of nanostructuring and development of novel TE materials have opened excellent avenues to improve significantly the ZT values. Nano-engineered bulk TE materials allow effective phonon scattering at the high density of grain boundaries, which offer a way of lowering the thermal conductivity. 

Large-scale synthesis of TE nanomaterials is a challenge for the TE industry because of expensive fabrication processes involved. This thesis reports several nano-engineering approaches for fabricating large quantities of bulk nanostructured TE materials. We have developed bottom-up chemical synthesis routes, as well as top-down mechanical alloying methodologies, to produce highly pure, homogenous and highly crystalline TE nanomaterials. State of the art chalcogenide, iron antimonide, and silicide based TE materials have been investigated in this thesis. Chalcogenide are the best candidates for TE devices operating at temperature range up to 450 K.  Iron antimonide (FeSb2) have shown attractive performance below room temperature. Earth abundant and environment friendly, silicide based materials have better ZT performance in the range of 600-900 K.  Spark plasma sintering (SPS) was utilized to preserve the nanostructuring and to achieve the highest compaction density. Comprehensive physiochemical characterizations were performed on as-prepared and SPS compacted samples. Detailed TE evaluation of the fabricated materials showed significant improvement in ZT for all categories of TE materials.

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Stockholm 2014: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. xi, 52 p.
TRITA-ICT/MAP AVH, ISSN 1653-7610 ; 2014:12
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-151363 (URN)978-91-7595-210-9 (ISBN)
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2014-10-03, SAl B, Electrum 229, Isafajordsgatan 22, Kista, 14:00 (English)
Swedish Energy Agency, 36656-1EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 263167Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research , EM11-0002EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 228882

QC 20140918

Available from: 2014-09-18 Created: 2014-09-18 Last updated: 2014-09-18Bibliographically approved

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