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Title: Structure evolution and thermoelectric properties of carbonized polydopamine thin films

Carbonization of nature-inspired polydopamine can yield thin films with high electrical conductivity. Understanding of the structure of carbonized PDA (cPDA) is therefore highly desired. In this study, neutron diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and other techniques indicate that cPDA samples are mainly amorphous with some short-range ordering and graphite-like structure that emerges with increasing heat treatment temperature. The electrical conductivity and the Seebeck coefficient show different trends with heat treatment temperature, while the thermal conductivity remains insensitive. Finally, the largest room-temperature ZT of 2 × 10 –4 was obtained on samples heat-treated at 800 °C, which is higher than that of reduced graphene oxide.
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  1. Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States)
  2. Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE (United States)
  3. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1944-8244
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Research Org:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; neutron total scattering; polydopamine; Raman spectroscopy; seebeck coefficient; thermal conductivity; thermoelectric
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