banner image
No data available.
Please log in to see this content.
You have no subscription access to this content.
No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
High-performance thermoelectric mineral Cu12−x Ni x Sb4S13 tetrahedrite
Rent this article for


Image of FIG. 1.
FIG. 1.

Crystal structure of Cu12Sb4S13. The CuS3 triangle is emphasized in this figure.

Image of FIG. 2.
FIG. 2.

Temperature dependence of dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit ZT on heating process for x = 0 (gray circle), 0.5 (black circle), 1.0 (gray square), 1.5(black square), and 2.0 (triangle) samples of Cu12− x Ni x Sb4S13. For x = 2.0, the gray and black triangle show the data on first and second measurements, respectively. The vertical bar for x = 0 and 1.5 shows 10% measurement uncertainty of the ZT data.

Image of FIG. 3.
FIG. 3.

Rietveld refinement result of x-ray diffraction pattern at 300 K for annealed specimens of Cu12− x Ni x Sb4S13 (x = 1.0). Reliability factors based on Bragg intensities, RI, and weighted profile, Rwp, of the analysis are 2.63 and 4.63%, respectively. The refined crystallographic information is listed in Table I .

Image of FIG. 4.
FIG. 4.

(a) Temperature dependence of equivalent isotropic ADP for all atoms of Cu12− x Ni x Sb4S13 (x = 1.0). The is a weighted averaged for the atoms aside from Cu(2). (b) The temperature dependence of anisotropic ADP , and U 33 for the Cu(2) of the x = 1.0. In (a) and (b), dashed and solid lines, respectively, show a visual guide and a fitting the data.

Image of FIG. 5.
FIG. 5.

(a) Schematic showing thermal ellipsoids of atoms for Cu12Sb4S13. The CuS3 triangle and SbS3 pyramid are emphasized in this figure. The box shown in gray solid lines represents a unit cell edge. (b) Thermal ellipsoid of Cu(2) at (0, 0, Z). Here, x, y, and z respectively denote the crystal axes; the and axes stand for x + y and −x + y directions.

Image of FIG. 6.
FIG. 6.

Temperature dependence of (a) electrical resistivity ρ, (b) thermopower S, and (c) thermal conductivity κ for Cu12− x Ni x Sb4S13 (x = 0−2.0). For x = 2.0, measurements were performed twice to diminish thermal hysteresis of the data. Lattice thermal conductivity on the heating process is shown in (c).

Image of FIG. 7.
FIG. 7.

Ni composition x dependence of power factor PF at 665 K and Hall coefficient at 300 K for Cu12− x Ni x Sb4S13 (x = 0−2.0).

Image of FIG. 8.
FIG. 8.

Dimensionless thermoelectric figures of merit ZT for Cu12− x Ni x Sb4S13 (x = 0 and 1.5) compared with those for p-type Pb-free sulfides. 6,7,10 Dotted and solid lines, respectively, present data for mother sulfides and their improved materials.


Generic image for table
Table I.

Crystallographic information at 300 K for annealed specimen of Cu12− x Ni x Sb4S13 (x = 1.0). Lattice parameter is 10.31894(7) Å. Occupancy, atomic coordination, equivalent isotropic ADP , and anisotropic ADP Uij are listed.


Article metrics loading...


Full text loading...

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
752b84549af89a08dbdd7fdb8b9568b5 journal.articlezxybnytfddd
Scitation: High-performance thermoelectric mineral Cu12−xNixSb4S13 tetrahedrite