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X-ray powder reference patterns of the Fe(Sb2+ x Te1− x ) skutterudites for thermoelectric applications

  • W. Wong-Ng (a1), J.A. Kaduk (a2), G. Tan (a3), Y. Yan (a3) and X. Tang (a3)...


The crystal structure and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns for three skutterudite samples, Fe(Sb2+ x Te1− x ), x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, have been determined. These compounds crystallize in the cubic space group $Im\bar 3$ . Te was found to randomly substitute in the Sb site. Because of the fact the covalent radius of Sb is greater than that of Te, a trend of increasing lattice parameter has been observed as the x value in Fe(Sb2+ x Te1− x ) increases [cell parameters range from 9.10432(4) to 9.11120(3) Å for x = 0.0 to 0.2, respectively]. The Fe–Sb/Te bond distance also increases progressively [from 2.5358(4) to 2.5388(4) Å] as the Te content decreases. While average Sb/Te–Sb/Te distances in the four-membered rings are similar in these three compounds, the average Sb/Te–Sb/Te edge distances in the octahedral framework increase progressively from 3.5845(12) to 3.5900(13) Å. Reference XRD patterns of these three phases have been prepared to be included in the Powder Diffraction File (PDF).


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X-ray powder reference patterns of the Fe(Sb2+ x Te1− x ) skutterudites for thermoelectric applications

  • W. Wong-Ng (a1), J.A. Kaduk (a2), G. Tan (a3), Y. Yan (a3) and X. Tang (a3)...


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