Cu2ZnGeSe4 nanocrystals: synthesis and thermoelectric properties.

Journal of the American Chemical Society

PubMedID: 22332903

Ibáñez M, Zamani R, LaLonde A, Cadavid D, Li W, Shavel A, Arbiol J, Morante JR, Gorsse S, Snyder GJ, Cabot A. Cu2ZnGeSe4 nanocrystals: synthesis and thermoelectric properties. J Am Chem Soc. 2012;134(9):4060-3.
A synthetic route for producing Cu(2)ZnGeSe(4) nanocrystals with narrow size distributions and controlled composition is presented. These nanocrystals were used to produce densely packed nanomaterials by hot-pressing. From the characterization of the thermoelectric properties of these nanomaterials, Cu(2)ZnGeSe(4) is demonstrated to show excellent thermoelectric properties. A very preliminary adjustment of the nanocrystal composition has already resulted in a figure of merit of up to 0.55 at 450 °C.