Solid solutions of K2Bi8−XSbXSe13 is an interesting series of complex bismuth-chalcogenide compounds, which are attractive for thermoelectric investigations. The highly anisotropic structure in these compounds results in needle-like morphology along the b- crystallographic axis, leaving structural tunnels where K+ ions reside. The complex electronic structure that arises from a large and low symmetry unit cell and the weakly bound K+ ions, lead to high Seebeck coefficient, highly anisotropic electrical properties and very low thermal conductivity.
Reflectivity spectra in the FIR region are presented for several members in the Sb-rich (x≥6) side. Optical investigations are carried out on crystalline and pelletized samples. The received spectra are analyzed, examined comparatively and discussed. Results indicate that upon Bi/Sb substitution in the Sb-rich region, phonons develop a mixed-mode behavior in the FIR spectral region.