High-performance shape-engineerable thermoelectric painting

Sung Hoon Park, Seungki Jo, Beomjin Kwon, Fredrick Kim, Hyeong Woo Ban, Ji Eun Lee, Da Hwi Gu, Se Hwa Lee, Younghun Hwang, Jin Sang Kim, Dow Bin Hyun, Sukbin Lee, Kyoung Jin Choi, Wook Jo, Jae Sung Son

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Output power of thermoelectric generators depends on device engineering minimizing heat loss as well as inherent material properties. However, the device engineering has been largely neglected due to the limited flat or angular shape of devices. Considering that the surface of most heat sources where these planar devices are attached is curved, a considerable amount of heat loss is inevitable. To address this issue, here, we present the shape-engineerable thermoelectric painting, geometrically compatible to surfaces of any shape. We prepared Bi2Te3-based inorganic paints using the molecular Sb2Te3 chalcogenidometalate as a sintering aid for thermoelectric particles, with ZT values of 0.67 for n-type and 1.21 for p-type painted materials that compete the bulk values. Devices directly brush-painted onto curved surfaces produced the high output power of 4.0 mW cm-2. This approach paves the way to designing materials and devices that can be easily transferred to other applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number13403
JournalNature communications
StatePublished - Nov 11 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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