Investigation of seebeck effect in ZnO nanowires for micropower generation in autonomous sensor systems

Year: 2014

Authors: Dalola S., Faglia G., Comini E., Ferroni M., Soldano C., Zappa D., Ferrari V., Sberveglieri G.

Autors Affiliation: Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’informazione, Università degli Studi di Brescia, Via Branze 38, Brescia 25123 Italy;
Sensor Lab. Università degli Studi di Brescia and CNR-IDASC Via VAlotti 9, Brescia 25133, Italy;

Abstract: The Seebeck effect of ZnO nanowires has been investigated with the future aim to build thermoelectric devices based on nanowire arrays for energy harvesting and potential use in low-power portable electronics and autonomous sensor systems. Bundles of ZnO nanowires have been deposited on alumina substrates by a thermal evaporation process. The ZnO nanowires have been characterized by means of a purposely-developed experimental set-up, showing a negative Seebeck coefficient as for n-type semiconductors.

Conference title: First National Conference on Sensor
Place: Rome Italy

KeyWords: Micropower generation; Nanowire arrays;
DOI: 10.1111/jph.12180

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