Applied Physics A

, Volume 112, Issue 4, pp 1073–1079 | Cite as

Laser-induced forward transfer of intact chalcogenide thin films: resultant morphology and thermoelectric properties

  • M. Feinaeugle
  • C. L. Sones
  • E. Koukharenko
  • B. Gholipour
  • D. W. Hewak
  • R. W. Eason


We present a laser-based transfer method for the novel application of fabricating elements for planar thermoelectric devices. Thin films of thermoelectric chalcogenides (Bi2Te3, Bi2Se3 and Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3) were printed via laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) onto polymer-coated substrates over large areas of up to ∼15 mm2 in size. A morphological study showed that it was possible to partially preserve the polycrystalline structure of the transferred films. The films’ Seebeck coefficients after LIFT transfer were measured and resulted in −49±1 μV/K, −93±8 μV/K and 142±3 μV/K for Bi2Te3, Bi2Se3 and Bi0.5Sb1.5Te3, respectively, which were found to be ∼23±6 % lower compared to their initial values. This demonstration shows that LIFT is suitable to transfer sensitive, functional semiconductor materials over areas up to ∼15 mm2 with minimal damage onto a non-standard polymer-coated substrate.


Bismuth Thermoelectric Property Bi2Te3 Seebeck Coefficient Thermoelectric Material 
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the e-LIFT project (no. 247868-FP7-ICT-2009-4), which is greatly acknowledged. Additional funding was received from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK, via grant number EP/J008052/1. We also want to greatly acknowledge Neil White to enable access to the Seebeck coefficient testing facilities, and Jonathan Butement and James Grant-Jacob for the technical advice in preparation of the receiver films.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Feinaeugle
    • 1
  • C. L. Sones
    • 1
  • E. Koukharenko
    • 2
  • B. Gholipour
    • 1
  • D. W. Hewak
    • 1
  • R. W. Eason
    • 1
  1. 1.Optoelectronics Research CentreUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  2. 2.School of Electronics and Computer ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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