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TITLE: Hierarchical Engineering of Microstructural Lengthscales in Fe-Si Based Alloys to Minimize Thermal Conductivity for Thermoelectric Applications
ABSTRACT: Semiconducting β-FeSi2 is a candidate thermoelectric material whose constituents are abundant and eco-friendly, but significant improvements in thermoelectric properties are needed before it becomes viable in applications. has been shown in the literature as an effective method to reduce thermal conductivity. This dissertation research investigated processing methods to nanostructure a two-phase mixture of β with Si1-xGex lamellae, via control of eutectic solidification and eutectoid decomposition. The consequent microstructures were characterized, and related to the thermal conductivity via the independent thermal scattering contributions of heterointerfaces.
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