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Assembly‐Free Fabrication of High‐Performance Flexible Inorganic Thin‐Film Thermoelectric Device Prepared by a Thermal Diffusion

Assembly‐Free Fabrication of High‐Performance Flexible Inorganic Thin‐Film Thermoelectric Device... High relative contact electrical resistance and poor flexibility in inorganic thin‐film thermoelectric devices significantly limit their practical applications. To overcome this challenge, a one‐step thermal diffusion method to fabricate assembly‐free inorganic thin‐film thermoelectric devices is developed, where the in situ grown electrode delivers an excellent leg‐electrode contact, leading to high output power and flexibility in the prepared p‐type Sb2Te3/n‐type Bi2Te3 thin‐film device, which is composed of 8 pairs of p‐n junctions. Such a device shows a very low relative contact electrical resistance of 7.5% and a high power density of 1.42 mW cm–2 under a temperature difference of 60 K. Less than 10% change of the whole electrical resistance before and after bending test indicates the robust bending resistance and stability of the device. This study indicates that the novel assembly‐free one‐step thermal diffusion method can effectively enhance the leg‐electrode contact, the device thermoelectric performance, bending resistance, and stability, which can inspire the development of thin‐film thermoelectric devices. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Advanced Energy Materials Wiley

Assembly‐Free Fabrication of High‐Performance Flexible Inorganic Thin‐Film Thermoelectric Device Prepared by a Thermal Diffusion

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
© 2022 Wiley‐VCH GmbH
ISSN
1614-6832
eISSN
1614-6840
DOI
10.1002/aenm.202202731
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Abstract

High relative contact electrical resistance and poor flexibility in inorganic thin‐film thermoelectric devices significantly limit their practical applications. To overcome this challenge, a one‐step thermal diffusion method to fabricate assembly‐free inorganic thin‐film thermoelectric devices is developed, where the in situ grown electrode delivers an excellent leg‐electrode contact, leading to high output power and flexibility in the prepared p‐type Sb2Te3/n‐type Bi2Te3 thin‐film device, which is composed of 8 pairs of p‐n junctions. Such a device shows a very low relative contact electrical resistance of 7.5% and a high power density of 1.42 mW cm–2 under a temperature difference of 60 K. Less than 10% change of the whole electrical resistance before and after bending test indicates the robust bending resistance and stability of the device. This study indicates that the novel assembly‐free one‐step thermal diffusion method can effectively enhance the leg‐electrode contact, the device thermoelectric performance, bending resistance, and stability, which can inspire the development of thin‐film thermoelectric devices.

Journal

Advanced Energy MaterialsWiley

Published: Nov 1, 2022

Keywords: flexible devices; thermal diffusion; thermoelectric legs; thin‐films

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