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Fabrication of a thermoelectric generator on a polymer-coated substrate via laser-induced forward transfer of chalcogenide thin films

Fabrication of a thermoelectric generator on a polymer-coated substrate via laser-induced forward transfer of chalcogenide thin films
Fabrication of a thermoelectric generator on a polymer-coated substrate via laser-induced forward transfer of chalcogenide thin films
We have demonstrated the fabrication of a thermoelectric energy harvesting device via laser-induced forward transfer of intact solid thin films. Thermoelectric chalcogenide materials, namely bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3), bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) and bismuth antimony telluride (Bi0:5Sb1:5Te3), were sequentially printed using a nanosecond excimer laser onto an elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane-coated glass substrate to form thermocouples connected in series creating a thermoelectric generator. The resulting generator Seebeck coefficient and series resistance per leg pair were measured to be 0.17 mV K-1 and 10 kilohms respectively. It was shown that laser-induced forward transfer allows device fabrication from inorganic semiconductor compounds on inexpensive elastic polymer substrates and demonstrates the ability to print materials with pre-defined thermoelectric properties. This allows the rapid manufacturing of a complete thermoelectric device on mm2-areas with µm-scale precision, without the need of further lithographic steps.
Feinäugle, M.
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Sones, C.L.
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Koukharenko, E.
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Eason, R.W.
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Feinäugle, M.
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Sones, C.L.
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Koukharenko, E.
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Eason, R.W.
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Feinäugle, M., Sones, C.L., Koukharenko, E. and Eason, R.W. (2013) Fabrication of a thermoelectric generator on a polymer-coated substrate via laser-induced forward transfer of chalcogenide thin films. Smart Materials and Structures, 22 (11), [115023]. (doi:10.1088/0964-1726/22/11/115023).

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We have demonstrated the fabrication of a thermoelectric energy harvesting device via laser-induced forward transfer of intact solid thin films. Thermoelectric chalcogenide materials, namely bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3), bismuth selenide (Bi2Se3) and bismuth antimony telluride (Bi0:5Sb1:5Te3), were sequentially printed using a nanosecond excimer laser onto an elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane-coated glass substrate to form thermocouples connected in series creating a thermoelectric generator. The resulting generator Seebeck coefficient and series resistance per leg pair were measured to be 0.17 mV K-1 and 10 kilohms respectively. It was shown that laser-induced forward transfer allows device fabrication from inorganic semiconductor compounds on inexpensive elastic polymer substrates and demonstrates the ability to print materials with pre-defined thermoelectric properties. This allows the rapid manufacturing of a complete thermoelectric device on mm2-areas with µm-scale precision, without the need of further lithographic steps.

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Published date: 17 October 2013
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 359697
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/359697
PURE UUID: abd15d36-35ab-490e-8a39-6ee0963733b5
ORCID for R.W. Eason: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9704-2204

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Date deposited: 08 Nov 2013 14:11
Last modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:56

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Author: M. Feinäugle
Author: C.L. Sones
Author: E. Koukharenko
Author: R.W. Eason ORCID iD

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