Thermoelectric performance of p-type nanohybrids filled polymer composites

Kun Zhang, Shiren Wang, Xin Zhang, Yue Zhang, Yuan Cui, Jingjing Qiu

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Fluorinated C60 (F-C60) is a p-type organic semiconductor with a deep highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) level and it was used to modulate the band structure of reduced graphene oxide (rGO). The HOMO level of rGO has been tailored by adjusting the ratio between rGO and F-C60. As-prepared rGO/F-C60 hybrids were subsequently integrated to the conductive polymer, poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), at a very low fraction (below the percolation threshold). The interfaces between rGO/F-C60 nanohybrids and polymer host served as Schottky barriers to selectively scatter low-energy carriers dependent on the interfacial barriers. The highest power factor reaches 83.2μW/mK2 at an interfacial barrier of 0.7eV for a 2.5wt% loading fraction, indicating 19-fold enhancement in comparison to the conductive PEDOT:PSS with a power factor of 4.38μW/mK2. More interestingly, F-C60 nanoparticles on rGO surfaces hinder thermal transport by effective phonon scattering, resulting in a figure of merit (ZT) of 0.10. In contrast, incorporation of inorganic nanoparticles may compromise thermoelectric properties for a low ZT due to the increase of thermal conductivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-335
Number of pages9
JournalNano Energy
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanohybrids
  • Thermoelectrics


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