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Microsphere Bouquets of Bismuth Telluride Nanoplates: Room-Temperature Synthesis and Thermoelectric Properties

Wang, Tie and Mehta, Rutvik and Karthik, Chinnathambi and Ganesan, P Gopal and Singh, Binay and Jiang, Wei and Ravishankar, N and Borca-Tasciuc, Theo and Ramanath, Ganpati (2010) Microsphere Bouquets of Bismuth Telluride Nanoplates: Room-Temperature Synthesis and Thermoelectric Properties. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry, 114 (4). pp. 1796-1799.

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Abstract

We report the synthesis and properties of sphere-shaped microscale aggregates of bismuth telluride nanoplates. We obtain porous microspheres by reducing bismuth chloride and orthotelluric acid with hydrazine in the presence of thioglycolic acid-which serves as the shape-and size-directing agent-followed by room-temperature aging-which promotes nanoplate aggregation. Thin film assemblies of the nanoplate microspheres exhibit n-type behavior due to sulfur doping and a Seebeck coefficient higher than that reported for assemblies of chalcogenide nanostructures. Adaptation of our scalable approach to synthesize and hierarchically assemble nanostructures with controlled doping could be attractive for tailoring novel thermoelectric materials for applications in high-efficiency refrigeration and harvesting electricity from heat.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Materials Research Centre
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2010 05:54
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/25833

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