Thermoelectric Modules Based on Oxide Thin Films

  • Paolo MeleEmail author
  • Shrikant Saini
  • Edoardo Magnone


Oxides are known as stable, inexpensive, and sustainable thermoelectric (TE) materials. Thermoelectric modules based on bulk oxides legs have been proposed in past years. However, main obstacles to the practical diffusion of such kind of heat harvesters are their low conversion efficiency and mechanical rigidity. Use of nanostructured oxide thin films is expected to overcome both drawbacks. This chapter reviews the recent progress on the fabrication of tiny modules based on oxide thin films.


Thermoelectric materials Conversion efficiency Heat harvesting Output power Thin films Rigid substrates Flexible substrates Pulsed laser deposition PLD Atomic layer deposition ALD Magnetron sputtering oxides Modules n-type legs p-type legs Uni-leg modules Hybrid modules Al-doped ZnO AZO ZnO CuO Ca3Co4O9 CuCrO2 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SIT Research LaboratoriesShibaura Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Control EngineeringKyushu Institute of TechnologyKitakyushuJapan
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry and Biochemical EngineeringDongguk UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea

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