Enhanced thermoelectric properties by Ir doping of PtSb2 with pyrite structure

Yoshihiro Nishikubo, Seiya Nakano, Kazutaka Kudo, Minoru Nohara
2012 Applied Physics Letters  
The effects of Ir doping on the thermoelectric properties of Pt1-xIrxSb2 (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, and 0.1) with pyrite structure were studied. Measurements of electrical resistivity rho, Seebeck coefficient S, and thermal conductivity kappa were conducted. The results showed an abrupt change from semiconducting behavior without Ir (x = 0) to metallic behavior at x = 0.01. The sample with x = 0.01 exhibited large S and low rho, resulting in a maximum power factor (S^2/rho) of 43 muW/cmK^2 at 400 K.
more » ... e peculiar "pudding mold"-type electronic band dispersion could explain the enhanced thermoelectric properties in the metallic state.
doi:10.1063/1.4729789 fatcat:bcbptloa3bgobe5vzhkjjyic74