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Research Article | Open Access

Thermoelectric enhancement of p-type Si80Ge20 alloy via co-compositing of dual oxides: Respective regulation for power factor and thermal conductivity by β-Ga2O3 and SiO2 aerogel powders

Huajun Laia,bYing PengbMengfei WangcRunze ShiaJunliang ChenaChengyan LiuaYifeng WangdLei Miaoa,c( )Haiqiao Weie( )
Key Laboratory of Information Material, Ministry of Education, Guangxi Key Laboratory of Information Material, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin 541004, China
Guangxi Key Laboratory of Precision Navigation Technology and Application, School of Information and Communication, Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin 541004, China
School of Physical Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China
College of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing 210009, China
State Key Laboratory of Engines, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China
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Si-based thermoelectric (TE) materials are exhibiting remarkable perspectives in self-energized applications with their special advantages. However, the relatively high total thermal conductivity (κ) prevents their TE enhancement. Here, a strategy of co-compositing dual oxides was implemented for enhancing the TE properties of p-type Si80Ge20 bulks. Composited Ga2O3 was demonstrated to enhance the power factor (PF) due to the crystallization-induced effect of produced Ga by decomposition on SiGe matrix. Associating with compositing SiO2 aerogel (a-SiO2) powder, not only introduced the fine amorphous inclusions and decreased the grain size of host matrix, but also various nano morphologies were formed, i.e., nano inclusions, precipitations, twin boundaries (TBs), and faults. Combining with the eutectic Ge, hierarchical scattering centers impeded the phonon transport comprehensively (decreasing the phonon group velocity ( va) and relaxation time) for reducing the lattice-induced thermal conductivity ( κl). As a result, a minimum κ of 2.38 W·m−1·K−1 was achieved, which is significantly dropped by 32.6% in contrast with that of the pristine counterpart. Ultimately, a maximal dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) of 0.9 was achieved at 600 ℃, which is better than those of most corresponding oxide-composited Si-based bulks.

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Journal of Advanced Ceramics
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Cite this article:
Lai H, Peng Y, Wang M, et al. Thermoelectric enhancement of p-type Si80Ge20 alloy via co-compositing of dual oxides: Respective regulation for power factor and thermal conductivity by β-Ga2O3 and SiO2 aerogel powders. Journal of Advanced Ceramics, 2023, 12(2): 228-241.








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Received: 14 August 2022
Revised: 11 October 2022
Accepted: 14 October 2022
Published: 10 January 2023
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