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Special Issue "Thin Films for Thermoelectric Applications"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
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Interests: conducting polymers; thermoelectricity; polyurethanes; hybrid materials; nanoparticle synthesis; structure–property characterization
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Interests: multicomponent polymer systems; hybrid materials; conducting polymers; colloidal systems; nanoparticle synthesis
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The majority of the energy produced today comes from nonrenewable resources, such as fossil fuels and natural gas, which are known to contribute to environmental problems. To combat these issues, much research is currently devoted to developing alternative ways of energy production that are both renewable and clean. In particular, energy recovery from heat (energy harvesting) can be a good strategy to minimize the negative impact that “dirty” energy produces on the environment. That is exactly what thermoelectricity, also called the Peltier–Seebeck effect, is about: Direct conversion of heat into electricity or electricity into heat through two related mechanisms, the Seebeck effect and the Peltier effect. To attain this effect, we need to develop efficient thermoelectric materials.
This Special Issue, “Thin Films for Thermoelectric Applications”, aims to cover original research and critical review articles on recent aspects of novel thermoelectric materials processed as thin films. In particular, papers are invited that discuss recent advances in thermoelectric materials and their processing as thin films, characterization techniques relating structure–properties, construction of devices based on thin thermoelectric films, theory relating to thermoelectricity of thin films, and in general, all aspects of applications of thermoelectric thin films.
Although other interesting related topics not mentioned in the above list are also welcome, intended submissions should generally fall in line with thin films for thermoelectric applications.
The topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Synthesis of novel thermoelectric materials
- Deposition techniques for thin films of thermoelectric materials
- Characterization methods of thermoelectric properties of thin films
- Structural characterization of thermoelectric thin films
- Quantum confinement, phonon drag, 2D materials
- Physics and chemistry of novel thermoelectric materials for thin films
- Theory and modelling of thermoelectric thin films
- Thermoelectric thin films sensors and applications
- Thermoelectric nanodevices
Prof. Dr. Clara M Gómez
Prof. Dr. Rafael Muñoz-Espí
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Coatings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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Authors: Yao-Shing Chen* and Ben-Je Lwo
Affiliationos: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Chung-Cheng Institute of Technology, National Defense University, Taiwan
This paper presents the realization of a flexible thermoelectric (TE) generator as a textile fabric that converts human body heat into electrical energy for portable, low-power microelectronic products. In this study, an organic non-toxic conductive coating was used to dip rayon wipes into conductive TE fabrics so that the textile take the advantage that TE currents are parallel to the temperature gradient. To this end, a dyed conductive cloth was first sewn into a TE unit. The TE unit was then sewn into an array to create a temperature difference between the human body and the environment to harvest TE power. The prototype of the TE fabric consists of 48 TE units connected by conductive wire over an area of 275 × 205 mm2, and the TE units were sewn on a T-shirt at the chest area. After fabrication and property tests, a Seebeck coefficient of approximately 20 μV/K was measured from the TE unit, and 0.979 mV voltage was obtained from the T-shirt with TE textile fabric. Since the voltage was generated at a low temperature gradient environment, the proposed energy solution in actual fabric applications is suitable for future portable microelectronic power devices.