Band Structure Engineering of Bi<sub>4</sub>O<sub>4</sub>SeCl<sub>2</sub> for Thermoelectric Applications

Newnham, Jon A, Zhao, Tianqi, Gibson, Quinn D, Manning, Troy D ORCID: 0000-0002-7624-4306, Zanella, Marco ORCID: 0000-0002-6164-6169, Mariani, Elisabetta ORCID: 0000-0002-0585-5265, Daniels, Luke M ORCID: 0000-0002-7077-6125, Alaria, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-5868-0318, Claridge, John B ORCID: 0000-0003-4849-6714, Cora, Furio
et al (show 1 more authors) (2022) Band Structure Engineering of Bi<sub>4</sub>O<sub>4</sub>SeCl<sub>2</sub> for Thermoelectric Applications. ACS ORGANIC & INORGANIC AU, 2 (5). pp. 405-414.

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The mixed anion material Bi<sub>4</sub>O<sub>4</sub>SeCl<sub>2</sub> has an ultralow thermal conductivity of 0.1 W m<sup>-1</sup> K<sup>-1</sup> along its stacking axis (<i>c</i> axis) at room temperature, which makes it an ideal candidate for electronic band structure optimization via doping to improve its thermoelectric performance. Here, we design and realize an optimal doping strategy for Bi<sub>4</sub>O<sub>4</sub>SeCl<sub>2</sub> from first principles and predict an enhancement in the density of states at the Fermi level of the material upon Sn and Ge doping. Experimental work realizes the as-predicted behavior in Bi<sub>4-<i>x</i></sub> Sn <sub><i>x</i></sub> O<sub>4</sub>SeCl<sub>2</sub> (<i>x</i> = 0.01) through the precise control of composition. Careful consideration of multiple accessible dopant sites and charge states allows for the effective computational screening of dopants for thermoelectric properties in Bi<sub>4</sub>O<sub>4</sub>SeCl<sub>2</sub> and may be a suitable route for assessing other candidate materials.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: thermoelectric, electronic structure, doping, screening, multianion, disproportionate, Bi4O4SeCl2
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2022 13:22
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2023 08:23
DOI: 10.1021/acsorginorgau.2c00018
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