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Thermoelectric Behavior of Segregated-Network Polymer Nanocomposites.
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PMID:  18959450     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Segregated-network carbon nanotube (CNT)-polymer composites were prepared, and their thermoelectric properties were measured as a function of CNT concentration at room temperature. This study shows that electrical conductivity can be dramatically increased by creating a network of CNTs in the composite, while the thermal conductivity and thermopower remain relatively insensitive to the filler concentration. This behavior results from thermally disconnected, but electrically connected, junctions in the nanotube network, which makes it feasible to tune the properties in favor of a higher thermoelectric figure of merit. With a CNT concentration of 20 wt %, these composites exhibit an electrical conductivity of 4800 S/m, thermal conductivity of 0.34 W/m.K and a thermoelectric figure of merit ( ZT) greater than 0.006 at room temperature. This study suggests that polymeric thermoelectrics are possible and provides the basis for further development of lightweight, low-cost, and nontoxic polymer composites for thermoelectric applications in the future.
Choongho Yu; Yeon Seok Kim; Dasaroyong Kim; Jaime C Grunlan
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2008-10-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nano letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1530-6992     ISO Abbreviation:  Nano Lett.     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
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Created Date:  2008-10-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101088070     Medline TA:  Nano Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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