Robust scalable synthesis of surfactant-free thermoelectric metal chalcogenide nanostructures

Han, Chao, Li, Zhen, Lu, Gao Qing and Xue, Shi Xue (2015) Robust scalable synthesis of surfactant-free thermoelectric metal chalcogenide nanostructures. Nano Energy, 15 193-204. doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2015.04.024

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Author Han, Chao
Li, Zhen
Lu, Gao Qing
Xue, Shi Xue
Title Robust scalable synthesis of surfactant-free thermoelectric metal chalcogenide nanostructures
Journal name Nano Energy
ISSN 2211-2855
Publication date 2015-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.nanoen.2015.04.024
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 15
Start page 193
End page 204
Total pages 12
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A robust low-cost ambient aqueous method for the scalable synthesis of surfactant-free nanostructured metal chalcogenides (MaXb, M=Cu, Ag, Sn, Pb, and Bi; X=S, Se, and Te; a=1 or 2; and b=1 or 3) is developed in this work. The effects of reaction parameters, such as precursor concentration, ratio of precursors, and amount of reducing agent, on the composition, size, and shape of the resultant nanostructures have been comprehensively investigated. This environmentally friendly approach is capable of producing metal chalcogenide nanostructures in a one-pot reaction on a large scale, which were investigated for their thermoelectric properties towards conversion of waste heat into electricity. The results demonstrate that the thermoelectric properties of these metal chalcogenide nanostructures are strongly dependent on the types of metal chalcogenides, and their figure of merits are comparable with previously reported figures for their bulk or nanostructured counterparts.
Keyword Ambient synthesis
Metal chalcogenides
Surfactant free
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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