Thermoelectric GeTe with diverse degrees of freedom having secured superhigh performance

Hong, Min and Zou, Jin and Chen, Zhi-Gang (2019) Thermoelectric GeTe with diverse degrees of freedom having secured superhigh performance. Advanced Materials, 31 (14 (1807071)). pp. 1-23. ISSN 0935-9648


Driven by the ability to harvest waste heat into reusable electricity and the exclusive role of serving as the power generator for deep spacecraft, intensive endeavors are dedicated to enhancing the thermoelectric performance of ecofriendly materials. Herein, the most recent progress in superhighperformance GeTe-based thermoelectric materials is reviewed with a focus on the crystal structures, phase transitions, resonant bondings, multiple valance bands, and phonon dispersions. These features diversify the degrees of freedom to tune the transport properties of electrons and phonons for GeTe. On the basis of the optimized carrier concentration, strategies of alignment of multiple valence bands and density-of-state resonant distortion are employed to further enhance the thermoelectric performance of GeTe-based materials. To decrease the thermal conductivity, methods of strengthening intrinsic phonon–phonon interactions and introducing various lattice imperfections as scattering centers are highlighted. An overview of thermoelectric devices assembled from GeTe-based thermoelectric materials is then presented. In conclusion, possible future directions for developing GeTe in thermoelectric applications are proposed. The achieved high thermoelectric performance in GeTe-based thermoelectric materials with rationally established strategies can act as a reference for broader materials to tailor their thermoelectric performance.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 01:26
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 04:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: GeTe, thermoelectrics, multiple valence bands, phase transitions, phonon scatterings, resonant bonding
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1002/adma.201807071

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