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Theoretical Investigations of the BaRh2Ge4X6 (X = S, Se, Te) Compounds

Abstract : The thermoelectric (TE) properties of the BaM2Ge4X6 compounds, where M = Rh and X = S, Se, Te, were investigated by computational approaches using density-functional theory and semi-classical Boltzmann theory for electronic transport. It was found that these compounds bear good TE properties, in particular BaRh2Ge4Te6, for which the figure of merit was estimated to reach 1.51 at 300 K. As this compound has not yet been proved to be stable, we also investigated BaRh2Ge4S4Te2 by assuming that replacing tellurium by sulphur could stabilize the tellurium-containing structure. It was found that the TE properties are good. The quantum theory of atoms in molecules was used to investigate the nature of the chemical interactions that prevail in these compounds. A wide variety of interactions were evidenced, from van der Waals interactions to ionic and polar-covalent ones, which could explain the good TE performance of these compounds.
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P. Boulet, Marie-Christine Record. Theoretical Investigations of the BaRh2Ge4X6 (X = S, Se, Te) Compounds. Energies, MDPI, 2020, 13 (23), pp.6434. ⟨10.3390/en13236434⟩. ⟨hal-03563167⟩

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