Hybrid solution processed InGaO 3(ZnO) m thin films with periodic layered structures and thermoelectric properties

Jun Hyeon Kim, Dong Kyu Seo, Cheol Hyoun Ahn, Sang Woo Shin, Hyung Hee Cho, Hyung Koun Cho

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Short period superlattices comprising alternating InO 2 - and GaO +(ZnO) 2 layers were fabricated by a simple hybrid solution process and reactive solid-phase epitaxy at high temperature. The epitaxial ZnO buffer layer deposited by sputtering, and an amorphous IGZO layer fabricated from a solution mixture of 1:1:1.0 (In nitrate:Ga nitrate:Zn acetate) produced pure, single-phase InGaO 3(ZnO) 2 films with a well-ordered layered structure and smooth surfaces, which showed intense periodic diffraction peaks. Deviation from the stoichiometric sol condition induced coexisting InGaO 3(ZnO) 2 and other InGaO 3(ZnO) m phases and very rough surface morphologies. The solid-phase epitaxy of a single phase decreased electrical resistivity, increased the Seebeck coefficient, and significantly improved the power factor. An extremely low thermal conductivity (1.11 W m -1 K -1) was also obtained due to phonon scattering at the InO 2 - and GaO +(ZnO) 2 interfaces by the formation of the superlattice structure. This solution-based fabrication of superlattice structures could aid the development of advanced multicomponent oxides due to its simple growth process and the adaptability of compositions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16312-16317
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number32
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug 28

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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