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Prospects for polymer-based thermoelectrics: state of the art and theoretical analysis

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This perspective discusses theories of polymer thermoelectrics, identifying combinations of electronic charge carrier energies and thermal conductivity mechanisms that could lead to the highest efficiencies. Structures, electrical conductivities, Seebeck coefficients, and figures of merit are summarized for some recently devised polymer-based thermoelectric materials. Foundational equations that define these quantities are presented, and are related to thermal conductivities as well. Finally, approaches to polymer composite design that optimize thermoelectric performance in light of the theoretical models are proposed.

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The article was received on 02 May 2012, accepted on 18 Jun 2012 and first published on 19 Jun 2012


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22124A
Energy Environ. Sci., 2012,5, 8110-8115

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    Prospects for polymer-based thermoelectrics: state of the art and theoretical analysis

    T. O. Poehler and H. E. Katz, Energy Environ. Sci., 2012, 5, 8110
    DOI: 10.1039/C2EE22124A

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