Dependence of mechanical and thermoelectric properties of Mg2Si-Sn nanocomposites on interface density

Gwansik Kim, Hwijong Lee, Hyun Jun Rim, Jeongmin Kim, Kwanlae Kim, Jong Wook Roh, Soon Mok Choi, Byung Wook Kim, Kyu Hyoung Lee, Wooyoung Lee

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We prepared Sn nanoparticle-embedded Mg1.96Al0.04Si0.97Bi0.03 nanocomposites and measured their thermoelectric properties and fracture toughness to elucidate the trade-off relationship between thermoelectric and mechanical properties. When Sn nanoparticles (50–150 nm) were introduced at the grain boundaries of the thermoelectric Mg1.96Al0.04Si0.97Bi0.03 matrix, the fracture toughness improved because of the inhibition of crack propagation. However, the power factor deteriorated due to the decrease in carrier mobility. We found that interface (between thermoelectric matrix and nanoparticles) density is a critical factor to determine the mechanical properties as well as thermoelectric transport properties. Optimized values of figure of merit (∼0.66 @ 873 K) and fracture toughness (1.10 MPa m1/2) were obtained for 0.9 vol % Sn nanoparticle-embedded Mg1.96Al0.04Si0.97Bi0.03 nanocomposite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant ( 2017R1A2A1A17069528 ) and Priority Research Centers Program ( 2009-0093823 ) and Hyundai Motor Company ( 2016-11-0532 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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