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Electrochemical deposition of bismuth telluride thick layers onto nickel

C. Lei, K.S. Ryder, E. Koukharenko, M. Burton, Iris S. Nandhakumar, Matthew Burton Orcid Logo

Electrochemistry Communications, Volume: 66, Pages: 1 - 4

Swansea University Author: Matthew Burton Orcid Logo

Abstract

Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) is the currently best performing thermoelectric (TE) material in commercial TE devices for refrigeration and waste heat recovery up to 200 °C. Up to 800 μm thick, compact, uniform and stoichiometric Bi2Te3 films were synthesized by pulsed electrodeposition from 2 M nitric...

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Published in: Electrochemistry Communications
ISSN: 1388-2481
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa50241
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Abstract: Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) is the currently best performing thermoelectric (TE) material in commercial TE devices for refrigeration and waste heat recovery up to 200 °C. Up to 800 μm thick, compact, uniform and stoichiometric Bi2Te3 films were synthesized by pulsed electrodeposition from 2 M nitric acid baths containing bismuth and tellurium dioxide on 1 cm2 nickel (Ni) substrates at average film growth rates of ~ 50 μm/h. Pre-treatment of the Ni substrate was found to significantly enhance the adhesion of Bi2Te3 material onto Ni while pulsed electrodeposition was used to increase the compactness of the material. To maintain a homogeneous composition across the thickness of the films, a sacrificial Bi2Te3 anode was employed. All deposits produced were n-type with a Seebeck coefficient of up to − 80 μV/K and an electrical conductivity of ~ 330 S/cm at room temperature.
College: College of Engineering
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