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Light-Triggered Thermoelectric Conversion Based on a Carbon Nanotube–Polymer Hybrid Gel

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  • Eijiro Miyako Dr.,

    1. Health Technology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Hayashi-cho, Takamatsu, Kagawa 761-0395 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 87-869-3550
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  • Hideya Nagata Dr.,

    1. Health Technology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Hayashi-cho, Takamatsu, Kagawa 761-0395 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 87-869-3550
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  • Ryoji Funahashi Dr.,

    1. Nanotechnology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Midorigaoka, Ikeda, Osaka 563-8577 (Japan)
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  • Ken Hirano Dr.,

    1. Health Technology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Hayashi-cho, Takamatsu, Kagawa 761-0395 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 87-869-3550
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  • Takahiro Hirotsu Dr.

    1. Health Technology Research Center, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Hayashi-cho, Takamatsu, Kagawa 761-0395 (Japan), Fax: (+81) 87-869-3550
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Abstract

Lights? Nanotubes? Action! A hydrogel comprising lysozymes, poly(ethylene glycol), phospholipids, and functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes is employed for light-driven thermoelectric conversion. A photoinduced thermoelectric conversion module based on the hydrogel functions as a novel electric power generator (see image). This concept may find application in various industries, such as robotics and aerospace engineering.

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