Free-standing highly conducting PEDOT films for flexible thermoelectric generator
Yuanxun Chen and
Energy, 2019, vol. 170, issue C, 53-61
Recently, organic thermoelectric (TE) materials especially conducting polymers have attracted increasing attention. In this work, we successfully synthesized ultrafine poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) nanowires (NWs) (∼10 nm) by a simple self-assembled micellar soft-template method and then obtain highly flexible free-standing PEDOT NW films by vacuum-assisted filtration. The films are with very high electrical conductivity (∼1340 S cm−1). After being treated with 6 M H2SO4 and then with 1 M NaOH at room temperature, the film shows an enhanced power factor of 46.51 μW m−1K−2 (Seebeck coefficient of 25.5 μV K−1, electrical conductivity of 715.3 S cm−1), which increases by 54% compared with that of the pristine film. To the best of our knowledge, it outperforms the TE performance of all reported one dimensional conducting polymer-based films. In addition, the TE performance of the film almost remains unchanged even after being bent for 200 times, indicating excellent flexibility. A flexible TE prototype composed of six strips (7 mm × 30 mm) of the as-prepared PEDOT NW films connected in series shows an output power of 157.2 nW at a temperature difference of 51.6 K. The free-standing PEDOT NW films show promise to a new generation of wearable TE devices.
Keywords: Flexible; PEDOT; Free-standing; Highly conductive; Thermoelectric (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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