Microgenerator using BiSbTe-Pt thermopile and Pt-Al 2O 3 ceramic combustor

W. Shin, T. Nakashima, M. Nishibori, T. Itoh, N. Izu, I. Matsubara, Y. Nakagawa, A. Yamamoto, H. Obara

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The performance of a microcombustor thermoelectric generator device based on a thermopile using p-type Bi 0.3Sb 1.7Te 3 (BST) and n-type Pt films has been investigated. The BST films were prepared by two different methods-pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and sputter deposition-on Si 3N 4/SiO 2 multilayers on Si substrate. The ceramic catalyst combustor was patterned on the thermopile end on a thin membrane fabricated by back-side bulk etching of the silicon substrate. At 138°C the thermoelectric power factors of the PLD and sputter-deposited films were 3.6 × 10 -3 W/mK 2 and 0.22 × 10 -3 W/mK 2, respectively. The power from the generator with the sputter-deposited film was 0.343 μW, which was superior to that of the device with the PLD film, which provided 0.1 μW, for combustion of a 200 sccm flow of 3 v/v% hydrogen in air.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-822
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electronic Materials
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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