Transition-metal-nitride-based thin films as novel energy harvesting materials
2016 (English)In: Journal of Materials Chemistry C, ISSN 2050-7526, Vol. 4, no 18, 3905-3914 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
The last few years have seen a rise in the interest in early transition-metal and rare-earth nitrides, primarily based on ScN and CrN, for energy harvesting by thermoelectricity and piezoelectricity. This is because of a number of important advances, among those the discoveries of exceptionally high piezoelectric coupling coefficient in (Sc,Al)N alloys and of high thermoelectric power factors of ScN-based and CrN-based thin films. These materials also constitute well-defined model systems for investigating thermodynamics of mixing for alloying and nanostructural design for optimization of phase stability and band structure. These features have implications for and can be used for tailoring of thermoelectric and piezoelectric properties. In this highlight article, we review the ScN-and CrN-based transition-metal nitrides for thermoelectrics, and drawing parallels with piezoelectricity. We further discuss these materials as a models systems for general strategies for tailoring of thermoelectric properties by integrated theoretical-experimental approaches.
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ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY , 2016. Vol. 4, no 18, 3905-3914 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128981DOI: 10.1039/c5tc03891jISI: 000375694900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128981DiVA: diva2:934787
Funding Agencies|European Research Council under the European Communitys Seventh Framework Programme/ERC ; Swedish Government Strategic Research Area in Materials Science on Functional Materials at Linkoping University (Faculty Grant SFO-Mat-LiU) [2009 00971]; Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) through the Future Research Leaders 5 program; Swedish Research Council (VR) [621-2012-4430, 621-2011-4417, 330-2014-6336]2016-06-092016-06-072016-06-28