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Nidhi Dubey and Mario Leclerc Conducting polymers: Efficient thermoelectric materials Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics 49

Version of Record online: 8 FEB 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.22206

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Thermoelectric systems are very effective in harvesting electricity from waste heat or heat sources with small gradients relative to environmental temperature. Indeed, thermoelectric materials turn heat into electricity without any moving parts and could therefore be a green option for everything from power generation to microprocessor systems. This review highlights the recent progress made in this area utilizing conducting polymers and related composites. In particular, studies on polymer/inorganic materials composites have revealed very good Seebeck coefficients and high electrical conductivities with relatively low thermal conductivities.

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