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Thin film with oriented cracks on a flexible substrate

United States Patent

July 27, 2010
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A thermoelectric film is disclosed. The thermoelectric film includes a substrate that is substantially electrically non-conductive and flexible and a thermoelectric material that is deposited on at least one surface of the substrate. The thermoelectric film also includes multiple cracks oriented in a predetermined direction.
Feng; Bao (Dunlap, IL), McGilvray; Andrew (East Peoria, IL), Shi; Bo (Peoria Heights, IL)
Caterpillar Inc (Peoria, IL)
11/ 647,137
December 29, 2006
U.S. GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under the terms of Contract No. ZCL-4-32060-04 awarded by the National Renewable Energy Lab. The government may have certain rights in this invention.