Transport properties of germanium-filled CoSb3

Nolas, G.S.; Yang, J.; Takizawa, Hirotsugu
June 2004
Applied Physics Letters;6/21/2004, Vol. 84 Issue 25, p5210
Academic Journal
We report the transport properties of dense polycrystalline Ge filled skutterudites Ge0.25Co4Sb12 and Ge0.05Co4Sb12 perepared by a high-pressure synthesis approach. Low temperature electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, Hall coefficient, and thermal conductivity measurements were performed and compared with those of Co4Sb11Ge and CoSb3. The Ge atoms residing inside the interstitial voids of the skutterudite crystal structure act as electron donors. The lattice thermal conductivity of these compounds is lower than that of CoSb3 but higher than that of other filled skutterudites. The potential for thermoelectric applications is also discussed.


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