Effect of a-Si thin film on the performance of a-Si/ZnO-stacked piezoelectric energy harvesters

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In this letter, we present the fabrication and characterization of a zinc oxide (ZnO)-based nanogenerator for piezoelectric micro-energy harvesting by combining thin films of amorphous silicon (a-Si) and ZnO. We utilized the a-Si thin film as an interlayer to assemble several a-Si/ZnO-stacked piezoelectric nanogenerators (SZPNGs) on indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated polyethylene naphthalate substrates. We investigated the influence of the a-Si layer thickness on the output voltages of the SZPNGs and demonstrated the existence of an optimal a-Si thickness for maximizing the output voltage. Overall, the SZPNGs generated higher output voltages than a conventional ZnO-based piezoelectric nanogenerator (ZPNG) lacking an a-Si interlayer, indicating enhanced performance. In particular, the SZPNG based on the optimal a-Si thickness exhibited a sixfold higher output voltage compared with the conventional ZPNG. This improved performance was ascribed to a combination of the Schottky barrier at the ITO/a-Si interface, preventing the screening effect and the relatively high dielectric constant (ϵ r13) of a-Si, minimizing the loss of the piezoelectric potential induced in the ZnO layer. The results herein are expected to assist the development of even more advanced ZnO-based piezoelectric nanogenerators in the future.
Publisher
AMER INST PHYSICS
Issue Date
2018-12
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS, v.113, no.24

ISSN
0003-6951
DOI
10.1063/1.5060638
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/246919
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