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

Type
Article

Authors
HITCHCOCK, DALE
WALDROP, SPENCER
WILLIAMS, JARED
TRITT, TERRY M.

Online Publication Date
2013-10-17

Print Publication Date
2013-10

Date
2013-10-17

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.

Acknowledgements
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.

Publisher
World Scientific Pub Co Pte Lt

Journal
Functional Materials Letters

DOI
10.1142/S1793604713400092

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