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Solvothermal synthesis and thermoelectric properties of indium telluride nanostring-cluster hierarchical structures

Guo'an Tai1*, Chunyang Miao1, Yubo Wang1, Yunrui Bai1, Haiqian Zhang2 and Wanlin Guo1*

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Nanoscience, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 29 Yudao Street, Nanjing 210016, People's Republic of China

2 College of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 29 Yudao Street, Nanjing 210016, People's Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2011, 6:329  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-6-329

Published: 13 April 2011

Abstract

A simple solvothermal approach has been developed to successfully synthesize n-type α-In2Te3 thermoelectric nanomaterials. The nanostring-cluster hierarchical structures were prepared using In(NO3)3 and Na2TeO3 as the reactants in a mixed solvent of ethylenediamine and ethylene glycol at 200°C for 24 h. A diffusion-limited reaction mechanism was proposed to explain the formation of the hierarchical structures. The Seebeck coefficient of the bulk pellet pressed by the obtained samples exhibits 43% enhancement over that of the corresponding thin film at room temperature. The electrical conductivity of the bulk pellet is one to four orders of magnitude higher than that of the corresponding thin film or p-type bulk sample. The synthetic route can be applied to obtain other low-dimensional semiconducting telluride nanostructures.

PACS: 65.80.-g, 68.35.bg, 68.35.bt