bismuth telluride

noun

Definition of bismuth telluride

: a semiconductor Bi2Te3 used especially in thermoelectric devices One of the best bulk thermoelectric compounds is bismuth telluride, but it can't be integrated with silicon using conventional chip-fabrication technology.— Alexander A. Balandin, IEEE Spectrum, October 2009

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Bismuth telluride.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bismuth%20telluride. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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