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Air-stable fabric thermoelectric modules made of N- and P-type carbon nanotubes

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Abstract

This report demonstrates an exciting new paradigm for thermoelectric energy conversion with both n- and p-type organic materials that possess mechanical flexibility, simple fabrication processes, and stability in air. In order to synthesize n-type samples with membranes and papers, carbon nanotubes were doped with both polyethyleneimine (PEI) and sodium borohydride (NaBH4), showing excellent n-type characteristics with thermopower values as large as −80 μV K−1. Thermoelectric modules made of both n- and p-type composites were fabricated to demonstrate thermoelectric voltage and power generation with one, two, and three p–n couples connected in series. The testing modules produced ∼6 mV thermoelectric voltage, with ∼25 nW generated power upon application of ∼22 °C temperature gradients. These promising results show that further work with many junctions connected in series would result in scalable organic p–n couple modules, which can generate power from temperature gradients or provide cooling for various electronic devices.

Graphical abstract: Air-stable fabric thermoelectric modules made of N- and P-type carbon nanotubes

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The article was received on 13 Jul 2012, accepted on 11 Sep 2012 and first published on 04 Oct 2012


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22838F
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 9481-9486
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    Air-stable fabric thermoelectric modules made of N- and P-type carbon nanotubes

    C. Yu, A. Murali, K. Choi and Y. Ryu, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 9481
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22838F

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