Effect of Ag on the Thermoelectric Properties of Ag2Se Alloy Prepared by Mechanical Alloying Process
The thermoelectric properties of Ag2Se and excess Ag alloys synthesized by mechanical alloying process were studied. The absolute S value slightly decreased with the Ag content. Contrary to that, the electrical conductivity (σ) increased with the Ag content. This was due to the increased carrier concentration supplied by the excess Ag clusters. Below 280K, the σ value of the excess Ag alloys is almost constant regardless of temperature, which means that the Ag excess alloys is highly degenerated. At higher temperatures above 290 K, the intrinsic conduction behavior for all materials is observed and the band gap energy for Ag2Se calculated from the slope of curve in this higher temperature range is about 220 meV. The figure of merit value (Z) was increased by the excess Ag, from 0.28/K (Ag2Se) to 0.91/K (Ag2.05Se0.95).
Duk Yong Yoon, Suk-Joong L. Kang, Kwang Yong Eun and Yong-Seog Kim
W. K. Min et al., "Effect of Ag on the Thermoelectric Properties of Ag2Se Alloy Prepared by Mechanical Alloying Process ", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 534-536, pp. 173-176, 2007