Highly Stretchable and Air-Stable PEDOT:PSS/Ionic Liquid Composites for Efficient Organic Thermoelectrics
Paleti, Sri Harish Kumar
El Labban, Abdulrahman
Emwas, Abdul-Hamid M.
Alshareef, Husam N.
KAUST DepartmentKAUST Solar Center (KSC)
Material Science and Engineering Program
Physical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
Online Publication Date2019-04-09
Print Publication Date2019-05-14
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/631885
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AbstractThermoelectric (TE) generators that are capable of providing sustainable energy conversion under dynamic mechanical stresses have been explored for realizing autonomous wearable electronics. However, finding extremely deformable, efficient as well as air-stable TE materials is still a major challenge. Here, we report highly stretchable and efficient organic TE materials from aqueous composites of PEDOT:PSS and ionic liquids (ILs). In this composite, ILs simultaneously enhance Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS (up to 35 μV K-1 and 538 S cm-1, respectively) by controlling its oxidation level and nanostructure. Moreover, the resulting fibrous structure with IL-assisted soft domains leads to outstanding mechanical deformability and durability, enabling that the PEDOT:PSS/IL films simply coated on elastomeric substrates maintain the TE functionality under tensile strain (ε) up to 70% and repetitive stretching cycles with 30% ε without severe degradation in TE performance. Furthermore, we also demonstrate the long-term TE stability of PEDOT:PSS/IL composites maintaining > 80% of the initial performance after 10 days in ambient conditions. Our finding provides the potential of this novel composite as a stretchable and air-stable organic TE material.
CitationKee S, Kim H, Paleti SHK, El Labban A, Neophytou M, et al. (2019) Highly Stretchable and Air-Stable PEDOT:PSS/Ionic Liquid Composites for Efficient Organic Thermoelectrics. Chemistry of Materials. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b00819.
SponsorsD.B. acknowledges KAUST Solar Center Competitive Fund (CCF) for financial support. Figure 4a was created by Ivan Gromicho, Scientific Illustrator at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)
JournalChemistry of Materials