Towards polymer-based organic thermoelectric generators
2012 (English)In: Energy & Environmental Science, ISSN 1754-5692, Vol. 5, no 11, 9345-9362 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In response to the thread of environmental and ecological degradation along with projected fossil fuel depletion the active search for efficient renewable energy conversion technologies has been attempted in various research areas including the field of thermoelectrics. Despite the availability of considerable amounts of waste and natural heat stored in warm fluids (andlt;250 degrees C) a lack of environmentally friendly materials with high natural abundance, low manufacturing cost and high thermoelectric efficiency impedes the widespread use of thermoelectric generators for energy harvesting on a large scale. In this perspective, we examine the possibility of using organic conducting polymers in thermoelectric applications. We provide an overview of the background and the key concepts of organic thermoelectrics and illustrate some of the first prototypes of polymer-based organic thermoelectric generators.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Royal Society of Chemistry , 2012. Vol. 5, no 11, 9345-9362 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-85293DOI: 10.1039/c2ee22777kISI: 000310006200015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-85293DiVA: diva2:570300
Funding Agencies|European Research Council||Swedish foundation for strategic research||Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation||Swedish Energy Agency||Advanced Functional Materials Center at Linkoping University||2012-11-192012-11-152013-09-12