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Alkaline earth filled nickel skutterudite antimonide thermoelectrics

United States Patent

July 16, 2013
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A thermoelectric material including a body centered cubic filled skutterudite having the formula A.sub.xFe.sub.yNi.sub.zSb.sub.12, where A is an alkaline earth element, x is no more than approximately 1.0, and the sum of y and z is approximately equal to 4.0. The alkaline earth element includes guest atoms selected from the group consisting of Be, Mb, Ca, Sr, Ba, Ra and combinations thereof. The filled skutterudite is shown to have properties suitable for a wide variety of thermoelectric applications.
Singh; David Joseph (Oak Ridge, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
13/ 006,499
January 14, 2011
This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.