Surface functionalization of surfactant-free particles: A strategy to tailor the properties of nanocomposites for enhanced thermoelectric performance

Chang C, Liu Y, Lee S, Spadaro M, Koskela KM, Kleinhanns T, Costanzo T, Arbiol J, Brutchey RL, Ibáñez M. 2022. Surface functionalization of surfactant-free particles: A strategy to tailor the properties of nanocomposites for enhanced thermoelectric performance. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition.

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Chang, ChengISTA ; Liu, YuISTA ; Lee, SeunghoISTA ; Spadaro, Maria; Koskela, Kristopher M.; Kleinhanns, TobiasISTA; Costanzo, TommasoISTA ; Arbiol, Jordi; Brutchey, Richard L.; Ibáñez , MariaISTA
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The broad implementation of thermoelectricity requires high-performance and low-cost materials. One possibility is employing surfactant-free solution synthesis to produce nanopowders. We propose the strategy of functionalizing “naked” particles’ surface by inorganic molecules to control the nanostructure and, consequently, thermoelectric performance. In particular, we use bismuth thiolates to functionalize surfactant-free SnTe particles’ surfaces. Upon thermal processing, bismuth thiolates decomposition renders SnTe-Bi2S3 nanocomposites with synergistic functions: 1) carrier concentration optimization by Bi doping; 2) Seebeck coefficient enhancement and bipolar effect suppression by energy filtering; and 3) lattice thermal conductivity reduction by small grain domains, grain boundaries and nanostructuration. Overall, the SnTe-Bi2S3 nanocomposites exhibit peak z T up to 1.3 at 873 K and an average z T of ≈0.6 at 300–873 K, which is among the highest reported for solution-processed SnTe.
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2022-07-07
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Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
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This research was supported by the Scientific Service Units (SSU) of IST Austria through resources provided by Electron Microscopy Facility (EMF) and the Nanofabrication Facility (NNF). This work was financially supported by IST Austria and the Werner Siemens Foundation. C.C. acknowledges funding from the FWF “Lise Meitner Fellowship” grant agreement M 2889-N. Lise Meitner Project (M2889-N). Y.L. acknowledges funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 754411. R.L.B. thanks the National Science Foundation for support under DMR-1904719. MCS acknowledge MINECO Juan de la Cierva Incorporation fellowship (JdlCI 2019) and Severo Ochoa. M.C.S. and J.A. acknowledge funding from Generalitat de Catalunya 2017 SGR 327. ICN2 is supported by the Severo Ochoa program from Spanish MINECO (Grant no. SEV-2017-0706) and is funded by the CERCA Programme/Generalitat de Catalunya. This study was supported by MCIN with funding from European Union NextGenerationEU (PRTR-C17.I1) and Generalitat de Catalunya.
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Chang C, Liu Y, Lee S, et al. Surface functionalization of surfactant-free particles: A strategy to tailor the properties of nanocomposites for enhanced thermoelectric performance. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 2022. doi:10.1002/anie.202207002
Chang, C., Liu, Y., Lee, S., Spadaro, M., Koskela, K. M., Kleinhanns, T., … Ibáñez, M. (2022). Surface functionalization of surfactant-free particles: A strategy to tailor the properties of nanocomposites for enhanced thermoelectric performance. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202207002
Chang, Cheng, Yu Liu, Seungho Lee, Maria Spadaro, Kristopher M. Koskela, Tobias Kleinhanns, Tommaso Costanzo, Jordi Arbiol, Richard L. Brutchey, and Maria Ibáñez. “Surface Functionalization of Surfactant-Free Particles: A Strategy to Tailor the Properties of Nanocomposites for Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance.” Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. Wiley, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202207002.
C. Chang et al., “Surface functionalization of surfactant-free particles: A strategy to tailor the properties of nanocomposites for enhanced thermoelectric performance,” Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. Wiley, 2022.
Chang C, Liu Y, Lee S, Spadaro M, Koskela KM, Kleinhanns T, Costanzo T, Arbiol J, Brutchey RL, Ibáñez M. 2022. Surface functionalization of surfactant-free particles: A strategy to tailor the properties of nanocomposites for enhanced thermoelectric performance. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition.
Chang, Cheng, et al. “Surface Functionalization of Surfactant-Free Particles: A Strategy to Tailor the Properties of Nanocomposites for Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance.” Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, Wiley, 2022, doi:10.1002/anie.202207002.

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