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Recent progress in flexible organic thermoelectrics

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Show simple item record Culebras, Mario Choi, Kyungwho Cho, Chungyeon 2018-12-05T11:36:06Z 2018-12-05T11:36:06Z 2018
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Environmental energy issues caused by the burning of fossil fuel such as coal, and petroleum, and the limited resources along with the increasing world population pose a world-wide challenge. Alternative energy sources including solar energy, wind energy, and biomass energy, have been suggested as practical and affordable solutions to future energy needs. Among energy conversion technologies, thermoelectric (TE) materials are considered one of the most potential candidates to play a crucial role in addressing today’s global energy issues. TE materials can convert waste heat such as the sun, automotive exhaust, and industrial processes to a useful electrical voltage with no moving parts, no hazardous working chemical-fluids, low maintenance costs, and high reliability. These advantages of TE conversion provide solutions to solve the energy crisis. Here, we provide a comprehensive review of the recent progress on organic TE materials, focused on polymers and their corresponding organic composites incorporated with carbon nanofillers (including graphene and carbon nanotubes). Various strategies to enhance the TE properties, such as electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient, in polymers and polymer composites will be highlighted. Then, a discussion on polymer composite based TE devices is summarized. Finally, brief conclusions and outlooks for future research efforts are presented. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Micromachines;9,638
dc.subject thermoelectric en_US
dc.subject graphene en_US
dc.subject carbon nanotubes en_US
dc.subject power factor en_US
dc.subject polymers en_US
dc.subject energy harvesting en_US
dc.subject organic composites en_US
dc.title Recent progress in flexible organic thermoelectrics en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/mi9120638
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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