Controllable seebeck coefficients of a metal-diffused aluminum oxide layer via conducting filament density and energy filtering

No Won Park, Dae Yun Kang, Won Yong Lee, Yo Seop Yoon, Gil Sung Kim, Eiji Saitoh, Tae Geun Kim, Sang Kwon Lee

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We investigate the intrinsic thermoelectric (TE) properties of the metal-diffused aluminum oxide (AO) layer in metal/AO/metal structures, where the metallic conducting filaments (CFs) were locally formed in the structures via an electrical breakdown (EBD) process as shown by resistive switching memory devices, by directly measuring cross-plane Seebeck coefficients on the CF-containing insulating AO layers. The results showed that the Seebeck coefficients of the CFcontaining AO layer in metal/AO/metal structures were influenced by the generation of the metallic CFs, which is due to the diffusion of the metal into the insulating AO layers when exposed to a temperature gradient in the direction of the cross plane of the sample. In addition, the increase in the Seebeck coefficients of the CF-containing AO layer when the number of EBD-processed patterns was increased is satisfactorily explained by the low-energy carrier (i.e., minority carriers) filtering through the metal-oxide interfacial barriers in the metal/AO/metal structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23303-23312
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 3

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Priority Research Centers Program and by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2016R1A2B2012909, 2016R1A3B1908249, and 2017R1D1A1B03031010).

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© 2019 American Chemical Society.


  • Cross-plane Seebeck coefficient
  • Electrical bipolar transport
  • Energy filtering
  • Phonon transport
  • Resistive switching memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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