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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.
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Metropolitan State Univ. of Denver, Denver, CO (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2380-8195
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Published Article
Journal Name:
ACS Energy Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 1; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2380-8195
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
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; carbon nanotubes; thermoelectricity; charge carrier transport
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OSTI ID: 1347422