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Published 2018-00-00 Published on SciPeople2017-03-31 19:59:31 JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Thermal Conductivity in Bi1−xSbx Solid Solutions
Abstract Bi1−xSbx solid solutions have attracted much attention as promising low-temperature thermoelectric materials. Previously, we observed distinct extrema in the isotherms of the transport and mechanical properties of polycrystalline Bi1−xSbx and attributed their presence to the transition from diluted to concentrated solid solutions and to the reconstruction of the energy band structure under increasing Sb concentration. The goal of the present work is a detailed study of the concentration dependences of the thermal conductivity λ for Bi1−xSbx polycrystalline solid solutions (x = 0 to 0.09) in the temperature range of 170 K to 300 K. It is established that the λ(x) dependences exhibit a nonmonotonic behavior: in certain concentration ranges an anomalous increase in λ with increasing x is observed. It is shown that the concentration dependences of the thermoelectric figure of merit calculated on the basis of the measured λ values are also nonmonotonic. The obtained data represent additional evidence in favor of our assumptions stated earlier about a significant effect of electronic phase transitions observed in Bi1−xSbx solid solutions on the concentration dependences of their thermoelectric properties. These results should be taken into account when developing new Bi1−xSbx-based materials.