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A. Tavassoli, F. Failamani, A. Grytsiv, G. Rogl, P. Heinrich, H. Müller, E. Bauer, M. Zehetbauer, P. Rogl:
"On the Half-Heusler compounds Nb1-x{Ti,Zr,Hf}xFeSb: Phase relations, thermoelectric properties at low and high temperature, and mechanical properties";
Acta Materialia, 135 (2017), 1; 263 - 276.

English abstract:
A re-investigation of phase equilibria, crystal structure and homogeneity region of the Half-Heusler (HH)
phase in the ternary system Nb-Fe-Sb at 600 C has solved controversies in the literature confirming the
version of Melnyk et al. ([1] J. Phase Equilibria 20 (2) (1999) 113e118). For the first time transport
properties of Half-Heusler (HH) compounds NbFeSb and Nb0.85M0.15FeSb (M Ti, Zr, Hf) were studied in
the full temperature range from 4.2 to 823 K. The semiconducting material NbFeSb has an electronic
structure close to a metal-to-insulator transition, which leads to changes of the conductivity type with
the composition as well as with increasing temperature. Ti, Zr and Hf doped NbFeSb alloys show metallic
behavior and were confirmed to be high ZT p-type thermoelectric materials. Surprisingly, the lattice
thermal conductivity for the Zr-doped composition was found to be higher than those of the Ti- and Hf
doped materials; this effect can be explained in terms of mass and strain field fluctuations.
For the first time we report experimental information on thermal expansion coefficients, specific heat
and elastic moduli for these p-type compounds. The mechanical properties show a good compatibility
with those previously reported for n-type HH alloys.

Half-Heusler alloys Nb-Fe-Sb phase diagram Crystal structure Thermoelectric Physical and mechanical properties

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