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Novel Thermoelectric Energy Solutions based on Flexible Thin-Film Materials

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Project "TES-FlexThin" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OTAKAARI 1
city: ESPOO
postcode: 2150

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 Coordinator Country Finland [FI]
 Total cost 150˙000 €
 EC max contribution 150˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2017-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR FI (ESPOO) coordinator 150˙000.00


 Project objective

In this Proof-of-Concept project we will create a completely new kind of integrated energy solution platform based on thermoelectric (TE) heat energy harvesting materials that are capable of converting various types of heat flows directly into electricity. The strong basis for the project is the new oxide-based thermoelectric inorganic-organic hybrid materials discovered in the PI's ERC Advanced Grant Project “Molecular-Layer-Engineered Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Materials (LAYERENG-HYBMAT)”. These hybrid thin-film materials are fabricated by the combined atomic/molecular layer deposition (ALD/MLD) technique which uniquely allows for fabrication of highly conformal thin-film coatings on various flexible, sensitive, functional and/or nanostructured surfaces. Within this PoC project we will (1) design and construct a few prototype devices based on the flexible inorganic-organic thin-film thermoelectrics and (2) integrate the devices with novel material platforms (textiles, polymers, coatings). The novel integrated TE energy solutions will enable heat-based energy harvesting for usage scenarios that are not possible with the existing bulky and fragile TE materials/generators. In addition, (3) the market for flexible thermoelectric generators will be analysed and the commercialisation and the IPR strategies will be created for TE generation solutions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 A.J. Karttunen, L. Sarnes, R. Townsend, J. Mikkonen and M. Karppinen
Flexible thermoelectric ZnO–organic superlattices on cotton textile substrates by ALD/MLD,
published pages: , ISSN: 2199-160X, DOI:
Advanced Electronic Materials 2017, 1600459 (2017). 2019-07-19
2017 H. Jin, G. Marin, A. Giri, T. Tynell, M. Gestranius, B.P. Wilson, E. Kontturi, T. Tammelin, P.E. Hopkins and M. Karppinen
Strongly reduced thermal conductivity in hybrid ZnO:nanocellulose superlattice thin films
published pages: 6093, ISSN: 1098-0121, DOI:
Journal of Materials Science 52 2019-07-19

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