Publications in Scientific Journals:
A. Grytsiv, V.V. Romaka, N. Watson, G. Rogl, H. Michor, B. Hinterleitner, S. Puchegger, E. Bauer, P. Rogl:
"Thermoelectric Half-Heusler compounds TaFeSb and Ta1-xTixFeSb (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.11): Formation and physical properties";
We report on the formation, physical-chemical, as well as elastic and mechanical properties of the novel Half-Heusler (HH) compound TaFeSb that forms during a solid-state reaction from TaSb2 and TaFe2 in the temperature range between 800 and 850 °C. TaFeSb behaves as a semiconductor, and changes the conductivity type either on temperature or composition. Transport properties of TaFeSb and Ta1-xTixFeSb (0≤x≤0.11) were measured in the temperature range from 4.2 to 823 K, and the effect of titanium on thermoelectric and mechanical properties of Ta1-xTixFeSb was investigated. The Ta/Ti substitution results in a significant increase of the thermoelectric power factor to exciting values of above 6 mW/m⋅K2. In combination with a suppressed phonon thermal conductivity, due to a unique role of Ti, an enhanced figure of merit, ZT900K =1.0 (for Ta0.94Ti0.06FeSb) is obtained, close to the highest values reported for Hf-free p-type HH-systems. In addition, experimental results obtained in this study are discussed and analyzed in the context of ab-initio Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations.
Intermetallics (antimonides), Thermoelectric properties, Physical properties, Mechanical properties, ab-initio calculations
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