Giant thermoelectric power factor in ultrathin FeSe superconductor

Sunao Shimizu, Junichi Shiogai, Nayuta Takemori, Shiro Sakai, Hiroaki Ikeda, Ryotaro Arita, Tsutomu Nojima, Atsushi Tsukazaki, Yoshihiro Iwasa

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The thermoelectric effect is attracting a renewed interest as a concept for energy harvesting technologies. Nanomaterials have been considered a key to realize efficient thermoelectric conversions owing to the low dimensional charge and phonon transports. In this regard, recently emerging two-dimensional materials could be promising candidates with novel thermoelectric functionalities. Here we report that FeSe ultrathin films, a high-T c superconductor (T c ; superconducting transition temperature), exhibit superior thermoelectric responses. With decreasing thickness d, the electrical conductivity increases accompanying the emergence of high-T c superconductivity; unexpectedly, the Seebeck coefficient α shows a concomitant increase as a result of the appearance of two-dimensional natures. When d is reduced down to ~1 nm, the thermoelectric power factor at 50 K and room temperature reach unprecedented values as high as 13,000 and 260 μW cm −1 K −2 , respectively. The large thermoelectric effect in high T c superconductors indicates the high potential of two-dimensional layered materials towards multi-functionalization.

Original languageEnglish
Article number825
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1


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