A Photo-Thermal-Electrical Converter Based On Carbon Nanotubes for Bioelectronic Applications

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  • Dr. Eijiro Miyako,

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    1. Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
    • Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Chie Hosokawa,

    1. Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Masami Kojima,

    1. Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Masako Yudasaka,

    1. Nanotube Research Center, AIST, Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, 305-8565 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Ryoji Funahashi,

    1. Research Institute for Ubiquitous Energy Devices, AIST, 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Isao Oishi,

    1. Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Yoshihisa Hagihara,

    1. Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Mototada Shichiri,

    1. Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Mizuki Takashima,

    1. Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Keiko Nishio,

    1. Health Research Institute (HRI), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-8-31 Midorigaoka, Ikeda, 563-0026 (Japan)
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  • Dr. Yasukazu Yoshida

    1. HRI, AIST, 2217-14 Hayashi-cho, Takamatsu, 761-0395 (Japan)
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  • This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists B (23700568). We are grateful to Jun Akedo and So Baba (Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute, AIST) for fruitful discussions about a TE module. We also thank Meijo Nano Carbon (Japan) for providing the multiwalled carbon nanotubes.

Abstract

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Electrifying! A device based on carbon nanotubes wrapped with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (and dispersed in poly(dimethylsiloxane)) sheets can effectively convert laser light into thermal energy and subsequently to electricity. The converter is flexible and extremely compact (see picture), and can be manipulated by using a laser that functions in the wavelength range that can be transmitted through living tissue.

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