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Materials 2015, 8(2), 732-750; doi:10.3390/ma8020732

Recent Progress on PEDOT-Based Thermoelectric Materials

Nanosystem Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-2-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8564, Japan
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Academic Editors: Kunihito Koumoto and Chunlei Wan
Received: 6 January 2015 / Revised: 23 January 2015 / Accepted: 9 February 2015 / Published: 16 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Low-Dimensional Anisotropic Thermoelectrics)
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The thermoelectric properties of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT)-based materials have attracted attention recently because of their remarkable electrical conductivity, power factor, and figure of merit. In this review, we summarize recent efforts toward improving the thermoelectric properties of PEDOT-based materials. We also discuss thermoelectric measurement techniques and several unsolved problems with the PEDOT system such as the effect of water absorption from the air and the anisotropic thermoelectric properties. In the last part, we describe our work on improving the power output of thermoelectric modules by using PEDOT, and we outline the potential applications of polymer thermoelectric generators. View Full-Text
Keywords: organic semiconductors; thermoelectrics; energy conversion; anisotropicity organic semiconductors; thermoelectrics; energy conversion; anisotropicity
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Wei, Q.; Mukaida, M.; Kirihara, K.; Naitoh, Y.; Ishida, T. Recent Progress on PEDOT-Based Thermoelectric Materials. Materials 2015, 8, 732-750.

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