|Title||Origins of ultralow thermal conductivity in 1-2-1-4 quaternary selenides|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Jimmy Jiahong Kuo, Umut Aydemir, Jan-Hendrik Pöhls, Fei Zhou, Guodong Yu, Alireza Faghaninia, Francesco Ricci, Mary Anne White, Gian-Marco Rignanese, Geoffroy Hautier, Anubhav Jain, G. Jeffrey Snyder|
|Journal||Journal of Materials Chemistry A|
|Pagination||2589 - 2596|
Engineering the thermal properties in solids is important for both fundamental physics (e.g. electric and phonon transport) and device applications (e.g. thermal insulating coating, thermoelectrics). In this paper, we report low thermal transport properties of four selenide compounds (BaAg2SnSe4, BaCu2GeSe4, BaCu2SnSe4 and SrCu2GeSe4) with experimentally-measured thermal conductivity as low as 0.31 ± 0.03 W m−1 K−1 at 673 K for BaAg2SnSe4. Density functional theory calculations predict κ < 0.3 W m−1 K−1 for BaAg2SnSe4 due to scattering from weakly-bonded Ag–Ag dimers. Defect calculations suggest that achieving high hole doping levels in these materials could be challenging due to monovalent (e.g., Ag) interstitials acting as hole killers, resulting in overall low electrical conductivity in these compounds.
|Short Title||J. Mater. Chem. A|