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Title: Polymer-free carbon nanotube thermoelectrics with improved charge carrier transport and power factor

Here, semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (s-SWCNTs) have recently attracted attention for their promise as active components in a variety of optical and electronic applications, including thermoelectricity generation. Here we demonstrate that removing the wrapping polymer from the highly enriched s-SWCNT network leads to substantial improvements in charge carrier transport and thermoelectric power factor. These improvements arise primarily from an increase in charge carrier mobility within the s-SWCNT networks because of removal of the insulating polymer and control of the level of nanotube bundling in the network, which enables higher thin-film conductivity for a given carrier density. Ultimately, these studies demonstrate that highly enriched s-SWCNT thin films, in the complete absence of any accompanying semiconducting polymer, can attain thermoelectric power factors in the range of approximately 400 μW m -1K -2, which is on par with that of some of the best single-component organic thermoelectrics demonstrated to date.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Metropolitan State Univ. of Denver, Denver, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5900-66753
Journal ID: ISSN 2380-8195
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
ACS Energy Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2380-8195
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) (SC-27); USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; carbon nanotubes; thermoelectricity; charge carrier transport
OSTI Identifier:
1337429
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1347422

Norton-Baker, Brenna, Ihly, Rachelle, Gould, Isaac E., Avery, Azure D., Owczarczyk, Zbyslaw R., Ferguson, Andrew J., and Blackburn, Jeffrey L.. Polymer-free carbon nanotube thermoelectrics with improved charge carrier transport and power factor. United States: N. p., Web. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00417.
Norton-Baker, Brenna, Ihly, Rachelle, Gould, Isaac E., Avery, Azure D., Owczarczyk, Zbyslaw R., Ferguson, Andrew J., & Blackburn, Jeffrey L.. Polymer-free carbon nanotube thermoelectrics with improved charge carrier transport and power factor. United States. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00417.
Norton-Baker, Brenna, Ihly, Rachelle, Gould, Isaac E., Avery, Azure D., Owczarczyk, Zbyslaw R., Ferguson, Andrew J., and Blackburn, Jeffrey L.. 2016. "Polymer-free carbon nanotube thermoelectrics with improved charge carrier transport and power factor". United States. doi:10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00417.
@article{osti_1337429,
title = {Polymer-free carbon nanotube thermoelectrics with improved charge carrier transport and power factor},
author = {Norton-Baker, Brenna and Ihly, Rachelle and Gould, Isaac E. and Avery, Azure D. and Owczarczyk, Zbyslaw R. and Ferguson, Andrew J. and Blackburn, Jeffrey L.},
abstractNote = {Here, semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (s-SWCNTs) have recently attracted attention for their promise as active components in a variety of optical and electronic applications, including thermoelectricity generation. Here we demonstrate that removing the wrapping polymer from the highly enriched s-SWCNT network leads to substantial improvements in charge carrier transport and thermoelectric power factor. These improvements arise primarily from an increase in charge carrier mobility within the s-SWCNT networks because of removal of the insulating polymer and control of the level of nanotube bundling in the network, which enables higher thin-film conductivity for a given carrier density. Ultimately, these studies demonstrate that highly enriched s-SWCNT thin films, in the complete absence of any accompanying semiconducting polymer, can attain thermoelectric power factors in the range of approximately 400 μW m-1K-2, which is on par with that of some of the best single-component organic thermoelectrics demonstrated to date.},
doi = {10.1021/acsenergylett.6b00417},
journal = {ACS Energy Letters},
number = 6,
volume = 1,
place = {United States},
year = {2016},
month = {11}
}