We report a novel synthesis strategy to prepare high-performance bulk polycrystalline Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics. A large thermoelectric power factor of 1.3 W m-1 K-1 at 500 °C is achieved in these samples. In-depth investigations of the electronic transport and microstructure suggest that this significant improvement results from a substantial enhancement in carrier mobility originating from the formation of Pr-rich grain boundaries. This work provides new directions to higher performance oxide thermoelectrics as well as possibly other properties and applications of this broadly functional perovskite material. © 2014 American Chemical Society.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: The authors wish to acknowledge the Faculty Initiated Collaboration (FIC) competitive grant from KAUST. The authors also wish to acknowledge M. N. Hedhili for XPS measurements and Dr. Jian He for many thoughtful conversations and discussions.
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- Materials Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering(all)