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Review on Polymers for Thermoelectric Applications

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Materials 2014, 7(9), 6701-6732; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma7096701
Received: 30 May 2014 / Revised: 23 August 2014 / Accepted: 5 September 2014 / Published: 18 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Energy Materials)
In this review, we report the state-of-the-art of polymers in thermoelectricity. Classically, a number of inorganic compounds have been considered as the best thermoelectric materials. Since the prediction of the improvement of the figure of merit by means of electronic confinement in 1993, it has been improved by a factor of 3–4. In the mean time, organic materials, in particular intrinsically conducting polymers, had been considered as competitors of classical thermoelectrics, since their figure of merit has been improved several orders of magnitude in the last few years. We review here the evolution of the figure of merit or the power factor during the last years, and the best candidates to compete with inorganic materials. We also outline the best polymers to substitute classical thermoelectric materials and the advantages they present in comparison with inorganic systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: intrinsically conducting polymers; thermoelectrics; nanocomposites intrinsically conducting polymers; thermoelectrics; nanocomposites
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Culebras, M.; Gómez, C.M.; Cantarero, A. Review on Polymers for Thermoelectric Applications. Materials 2014, 7, 6701-6732.

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