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Chin. Phys. B, 2022, Vol. 31(2): 028506    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ac3a64
Special Issue: SPECIAL TOPIC — Organic and hybrid thermoelectrics
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Structure design for high performance n-type polymer thermoelectric materials

Qi Zhang(张奇), Hengda Sun(孙恒达), and Meifang Zhu(朱美芳)
State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
Abstract  Organic thermoelectric (OTE) materials have been regarded as a potential candidate to harvest waste heat from complex, low temperature surfaces of objects and convert it into electricity. Recently, n-type conjugated polymers as organic thermoelectric materials have aroused intensive research in order to improve their performance to match up with their p-type counterpart. In this review, we discuss aspects that affect the performance of n-type OTEs, and further focus on the effect of planarity of backbone on the doping efficiency and eventually the TE performance. We then summarize strategies such as implementing rigid n-type polymer backbone or modifying conventional polymer building blocks for more planar conformation. In the outlook part, we conclude forementioned devotions and point out new possibility that may promote the future development of this field.
Keywords:  organic thermoelectrics      conducting polymers      organic semiconductor doping  
Received:  24 August 2021      Revised:  05 November 2021      Accepted manuscript online:  17 November 2021
PACS:  85.80.Fi (Thermoelectric devices)  
  82.35.Cd (Conducting polymers)  
  81.05.Fb (Organic semiconductors)  
Fund: Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 21D110637), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 52173156), the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China (Grant No. 20JC1414900), and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Faculty Consultation and Evaluation Project 2020-ZW07-A-017).
Corresponding Authors:  Hengda Sun     E-mail:

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Qi Zhang(张奇), Hengda Sun(孙恒达), and Meifang Zhu(朱美芳) Structure design for high performance n-type polymer thermoelectric materials 2022 Chin. Phys. B 31 028506

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