A MODIFIED VAN DER PAUW SETUP FOR MEASURING THE RESISTIVITY AND THERMOPOWER OF THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS OF VARYING THICKNESSES

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Title:
A MODIFIED VAN DER PAUW SETUP FOR MEASURING THE RESISTIVITY AND THERMOPOWER OF THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS OF VARYING THICKNESSES
Authors:
HITCHCOCK, DALE; WALDROP, SPENCER; WILLIAMS, JARED; TRITT, TERRY M.
Abstract:
In the investigation of thermoelectric (TE) materials as a practical, and efficient, means of power generation/ refrigeration nearly ninety percent of the possible high-efficient binary compounds have been evaluated. But only a few proved to be useful such as Bi2Te3 alloys, PbTe and SiGe to name the most important materials. Therefore, in order to expand the research of high-efficiency TE materials new compounds and methods of efficiency optimization must be explored. There currently exist a vast number of uninvestigated ternary and quaternary materials that could be potential high-efficiency thermoelectric materials. The device and methodology discussed herein deal with rapidly measuring both the electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient of thermoelectric materials, at a set temperature of T ≈ 300 K. Using nontraditional resistivity measurements and rapid, room-temperature thermopower measurements, a reliable and time-efficient means of gauging the power factor (defined below) values of newly synthesized thermoelectric materials is achievable. Furthermore, the efficacy of the van der Pauw technique for measuring the resistivity of thermoelectric materials has been verified. © World Scientific Publishing Company.
Citation:
HITCHCOCK D, WALDROP S, WILLIAMS J, TRITT TM (2013) A MODIFIED VAN DER PAUW SETUP FOR MEASURING THE RESISTIVITY AND THERMOPOWER OF THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS OF VARYING THICKNESSES. Funct Mater Lett 06: 1340009. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S1793604713400092.
Publisher:
World Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt
Journal:
Functional Materials Letters
Issue Date:
Oct-2013
DOI:
10.1142/S1793604713400092
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1793-6047; 1793-7213
Sponsors:
We are grateful for helpful discussions with Dr. Jian He, and also the synthesis techniques developed by Jennifer Graff. We would like to acknowledge the support of a Faculty Initiated Collaboration (FIC) grant from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and previous support for much of the equipment from a DOE grant that is supported by a DOE/EPSCoR Implementation Grant (#DE-FG02-04ER46139), and the SC EPSCoR cost-sharing program.
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dc.contributor.authorHITCHCOCK, DALEen
dc.contributor.authorWALDROP, SPENCERen
dc.contributor.authorWILLIAMS, JAREDen
dc.contributor.authorTRITT, TERRY M.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T12:30:27Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T12:30:27Zen
dc.date.issued2013-10en
dc.identifier.citationHITCHCOCK D, WALDROP S, WILLIAMS J, TRITT TM (2013) A MODIFIED VAN DER PAUW SETUP FOR MEASURING THE RESISTIVITY AND THERMOPOWER OF THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS OF VARYING THICKNESSES. Funct Mater Lett 06: 1340009. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S1793604713400092.en
dc.identifier.issn1793-6047en
dc.identifier.issn1793-7213en
dc.identifier.doi10.1142/S1793604713400092en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/597312en
dc.description.abstractIn the investigation of thermoelectric (TE) materials as a practical, and efficient, means of power generation/ refrigeration nearly ninety percent of the possible high-efficient binary compounds have been evaluated. But only a few proved to be useful such as Bi2Te3 alloys, PbTe and SiGe to name the most important materials. Therefore, in order to expand the research of high-efficiency TE materials new compounds and methods of efficiency optimization must be explored. There currently exist a vast number of uninvestigated ternary and quaternary materials that could be potential high-efficiency thermoelectric materials. The device and methodology discussed herein deal with rapidly measuring both the electrical resistivity and the Seebeck coefficient of thermoelectric materials, at a set temperature of T ≈ 300 K. Using nontraditional resistivity measurements and rapid, room-temperature thermopower measurements, a reliable and time-efficient means of gauging the power factor (defined below) values of newly synthesized thermoelectric materials is achievable. Furthermore, the efficacy of the van der Pauw technique for measuring the resistivity of thermoelectric materials has been verified. © World Scientific Publishing Company.en
dc.description.sponsorshipWe are grateful for helpful discussions with Dr. Jian He, and also the synthesis techniques developed by Jennifer Graff. We would like to acknowledge the support of a Faculty Initiated Collaboration (FIC) grant from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and previous support for much of the equipment from a DOE grant that is supported by a DOE/EPSCoR Implementation Grant (#DE-FG02-04ER46139), and the SC EPSCoR cost-sharing program.en
dc.publisherWorld Scientific Pub Co Pte Lten
dc.subjectpower factoren
dc.subjectthermoelectricsen
dc.subjectvan der Pauwen
dc.titleA MODIFIED VAN DER PAUW SETUP FOR MEASURING THE RESISTIVITY AND THERMOPOWER OF THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS OF VARYING THICKNESSESen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalFunctional Materials Lettersen
dc.contributor.institutionClemson University, Clemson, United Statesen
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