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Zhang, Y., Wang, X. L., Yeoh, W. K. & Zeng, R. K. (2012). Electrical and thermoelectric properties of single-wall carbon nanotube doped Bi2Te3. Applied Physics Letters, 101 (3),


The effects of single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) doping in n-type Bi2Te3 bulk samples on the electrical and thermal transport properties have been studied. Bi2Te3 samples doped with 0–5 wt. % SWCNTs were fabricated using solid state reaction and investigated using x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and magneto transport measurements. Results show that the 0.5% doping results in the significant enhancement of the Seebeck coefficience to as high as -231.8 lV/K, giant magneto resistance of up to 110%, reduction of thermal conductivity, and change of sign of the Seebeck coefficient from n to p type depending on the doping level and temperature. The figure of merit, ZT, of the optimum SWCNT doped Bi2Te3 was increased by 25%–40% over a wide temperature range compared to the undoped sample.

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