A simple technique for determining the Seebeck coefficient of thermoelectric materials

ArticleinJournal of Physics E Scientific Instruments 19(11):921 · November 2000with19 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.35 · DOI: 10.1088/0022-3735/19/11/008


    It is shown that the Seebeck coefficient of a semiconductor against copper can be determined in terms of that for a copper-constantan thermocouple by means of a rapid potentiometric measurement. Values obtained for typical samples of bismuth telluride alloy, using the apparatus that is described, are compared with those given by a conventional method and indicate that the technique is perfectly satisfactory.