High-performance p-type inorganic-organic hybrid thermoelectric thin films

Zhuang-Hao Zheng, Ping Fan, Jing-ting Luo, Guang-xing Liang, Hongli Ma, Xianghua Zhang, Chang Yang, Yong Qing Fu

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The performance of organic-inorganic hybrid thermoelectric thin films can be dramatic enhanced by optimizing energy filtering and carriers transport states at the organic-inorganic interfaces. In this work, p-type “Sb2Te3/CH3NH3I/Sb2Te3” multilayer thin films were firstly fabricated with varied contents of CH3NH3I, then the annealing process was used in order to form the homogeneous organic-inorganic hybrid thin films. Results revealed that the introduced organic component can promote thin film growth and develop a dense nanostructure with an improved crystallinity, thus resulting in a significantly increased Seebeck coefficient and a reduced thermal conductivity as a result of the optimized electronic transport characteristics and enhanced effects of phonon scattering. As is expected, the thermoelectric performance of the hybrid-nanocomposite films is enhanced, achieving the maximum ZT value of 1.55 at a temperature of 413 K, which is several times higher than that of the as-fabricated film, thereby suggesting that the proposed strategy can be applied to prepare efficient preparation method of high-performance thermoelectric thin films.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13511-13519
Issue number28
Early online date14 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2018


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