Bulletin of Materials Science

, 42:261 | Cite as

Band structure and thermoelectric properties of \(\hbox {Cu}_{2}\hbox {O}\) from GGA and GGA+U approaches

  • V MauryaEmail author
  • K B Joshi


Electronic band structures and thermoelectric (TE) properties of cuprous oxide crystallizing in the Pn3m space group are investigated using the linearized augmented plane wave method. The generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and GGA+U approaches are adopted for calculations at the level of the density functional theory. After achieving the ground state of the crystal, the electronic band structures are calculated. The ab initio calculations are interfaced with the Boltzmann transport equations to unveil TE properties. We have found the Seebeck coefficient, power factor and electrical conductivity to compute the electronic fitness function (EFF) further. The effect of temperature is also studied. The EFF suggests that the material may become a useful TE material after p-type doping.


Cuprous oxide electronic band structure thermoelectric properties 



VM is thankful to the UGC, New Delhi for granting the SRF under its BSR scheme. This work is also partially supported by the UGC-SAP and RUSA grants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsM. L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia

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