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3D Printed SnSe Thermoelectric Generators with High Figure of Merit / Matthew R. Burton; Shahin Mehraban; David Beynon; James McGettrick; Trystan Watson; Nicholas P. Lavery; Matthew J. Carnie

Advanced Energy Materials, Start page: 1900201

Swansea University Author: Lavery, Nicholas

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DOI (Published version): 10.1002/aenm.201900201

Abstract

Since the discovery of the record figure of merit (ZT) of 2.6 ± 0.3 in tin selenide (SnSe), the material has attracted much attention in the field of thermoelectrics. This paper reports a novel pseudo‐3D printing technique to fabricate bulk SnSe thermoelectric elements, allowing for the fabrication...

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Published in: Advanced Energy Materials
ISSN: 1614-6832 1614-6840
Published: 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa50650
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Abstract: Since the discovery of the record figure of merit (ZT) of 2.6 ± 0.3 in tin selenide (SnSe), the material has attracted much attention in the field of thermoelectrics. This paper reports a novel pseudo‐3D printing technique to fabricate bulk SnSe thermoelectric elements, allowing for the fabrication of standard configuration thermoelectric generators. In contrast to fabrication examples presented to date, this technique is potentially very low‐cost and allows for facile, scalable, and rapid fabrication. Bulk SnSe thermoelectric elements are produced and characterized over a wide range of temperatures. An element printed from an ink with 4% organic binder produces the highest performance, with a ZT value of 1.7 (±0.25) at 758 K. This is the highest ZT reported of any printed thermoelectric material, and the first bulk printed material to operate at this temperature. Finally, a proof‐of‐concept, all printed SnSe thermoelectric generator is presented, producing 20 µW at 772 K.
College: College of Engineering
Start Page: 1900201