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Title: Ceramic-based thermoelectric materials processed by laser
Author: Ferreira, N. M.
Madre, M. A.
Sotelo, A.
Kovalevsky, A. V.
Costa, F. M.
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: Today a particular interest is given to the oxide-based thermoelectric materials, due to enhanced thermal and redox stability, attractive properties at high temperature, together with the absence of toxicity, and natural abundance of the constituent compounds. The objective of this work is to assess the possibilities for processing oxide thermoelectrics through laser floating zone (LFZ) method, including identification of the appropriate treatment conditions and main structural and microstructural factors affecting the thermoelectric performance. Known that Nb and La substituted calcium manganite-based materials possesses promising thermoelectric properties, they were selected as a model system. Detailed structural (XRD) and microstructural (SEM/EDS) studies were performed for the samples grown at various pulling rates. The results on electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity indicate that high thermoelectric performance can be triggered by laser processing. Effects of pulling rate, dopants nature and thermal treatment to the fibres on that properties are discussed, suggesting that careful optimization of the laser treatment conditions is necessary, when seeking high thermoelectric performance in oxides by LFZ processing.
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