Current Applied Physics, Vol.19, No.4, 470-474, 2019
Enhanced thermoelectric performance of P-type Sb2Te3 thin films through organic-inorganic hybridization on flexible substrate
In this work, a new idea of organic-inorganic hybridization was proposed to fabricate flexible p-type - Sb2Te3/CH3NH3I thin films. The CH3NH3I has a strong adsorption which can promote the growth of organic molecules, improve the crystallization, and finally increase electrical conductivity. Post-annealing of the fabricated films increased the phonon scattering, thus resulting in a reduction of thermal conductivity and an increased ZT value. The annealed hybrid-composite film showed a significant enhancement in thermoelectric performance, with a maximum ZT value of 0.94 at a temperature of 413 K, which is twice as large as that of the as-deposited film.