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Recent advances in organic polymer thermoelectric composites

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Abstract

Thermoelectric materials can realize the direct energy conversion between heat and electricity, having diverse applications in energy harvesting (especially for waste heat and low-grade heat) and local cooling and sensing. In recent years, organic polymer thermoelectric composites have received extensive attention and have experienced a rapid development because of their low densities, low thermal conductivities, high flexibilities, and the synergistic combination of the advantages of both constituents. This review covers the recent advances in organic polymer thermoelectric composites. Herein, their preparation strategies have been discussed. In addition, the non-conducting polymer-based composites, ternary composites, and the devices have also been discussed. Finally, an outlook on future investigations is provided.

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The article was received on 20 Dec 2016, accepted on 01 Apr 2017 and first published on 03 Apr 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6TC05488A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 4350-4360
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    Recent advances in organic polymer thermoelectric composites

    G. Chen, W. Xu and D. Zhu, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 4350
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TC05488A

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