New sustainable ternary copper phosphide thermoelectrics

Robert J. Quinn, Callum Stevens, Hector Leong, Andrew D. Huxley, Jan-Willem G. Bos

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The thermoelectric performance of ACuP (A = Mg and Ca) with abundant elements and low gravimetric density is reported. Both systems are p-type doped by intrinsic Cu vacancy defects, have large power factors and promising figures of merit, reaching zT = 0.5 at 800 K. This demonstrates that copper phosphides are a potential new class of thermoelectric materials for waste heat harvesting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11811-11814
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number84
Early online date21 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2022


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