Proton irradiation effect on thermoelectric properties of nanostructured n-type half-Heusler Hf0.25Zr0.75NiSn0.99Sb0.01 Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Author(s). Thermoelectric properties of nanostructured half-Heusler Hf0.25Zr0.75NiSn0.99Sb0.01 were characterized before and after 2.5 MeV proton irradiation. A unique high-sensitivity scanning thermal microprobe was used to simultaneously map the irradiation effect on thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient with spatial resolution less than 2 μm. The thermal conductivity profile along the depth from the irradiated surface shows excellent agreement with the irradiation-induced damage profile from simulation. The Seebeck coefficient was unaffected while both electrical and thermal conductivities decreased by 24%, resulting in no change in thermoelectric figure of merit ZT. Reductions in thermal and electrical conductivities are attributed to irradiation-induced defects that act as scattering sources for phonons and charge carriers.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kempf, N., Karthik, C., Jaques, B. J., Gigax, J., Shao, L., Butt, D. P., ... Zhang, Y.

publication date

  • January 1, 2018 11:11 AM