Electronic Materials Letters

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 199–206 | Cite as

Thermoelectric Properties in Fermi Level Tuned Topological Materials (Bi1−xSnx)2Te3

  • Chan-Chieh Lin
  • Won Hyuk Shon
  • Lydia Rathnam
  • Jong-Soo Rhyee


We investigated the thermoelectric properties of Sn-doped (Bi1−xSnx)2Te3 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, and 0.7%) compounds, which is known as topological insulators. Fermi level tuning by Sn-doping can be justified by the n- to p-type transition with increasing Sn-doping concentration, as confirmed by Seebeck coefficient and Hall coefficient. Near x = 0.3 and 0.5%, the Fermi level resides inside the bulk band gap, resulting in a low Seebeck coefficient and increase of electrical resistivity. The magnetoconductivity with applying magnetic field showed weak antilocalization (WAL) effect for pristine Bi2Te3 while Sn-doped compounds do not follow the WAL behavior of magneto-conductivity, implying that the topological surface Dirac band contribution in magneto-conductivity is suppressed with decreasing the Fermi level by Sn-doping. This research can be applied to the topological composite of p-type/n-type topological materials by Fermi level tuning via Sn-doping in Bi2Te3 compounds.

Graphical Abstract


Thermoelectric Sn-doped Bi2Te3 Topological insulator Weak antilocalization 



This work was supported by the Samsung Research Funding Centre of Samsung Electronics under Project Number SRFC-TA1403-02.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chan-Chieh Lin
    • 1
  • Won Hyuk Shon
    • 1
  • Lydia Rathnam
    • 1
  • Jong-Soo Rhyee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Applied Physics and Institute of Natural SciencesKyung Hee UniversityYonginKorea

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