A Highly Conductive Conjugated Polyelectrolyte for Flexible Organic Thermoelectrics

Seyoung Kee, Md Azimul Haque, Yeran Lee, Thanh Luan Nguyen, Diego Rosas Villalva, Joel Troughton, Abdul Hamid Emwas, Husam N. Alshareef, Han Young Woo, Derya Baran

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Organic thermoelectrics have attracted considerable attention owing to their remarkable advantages, including room-temperature power generation, skin-attachable/wearable applications with biocompatibility, and solution-based high-throughput fabrication. Self-doped conjugated polyelectrolytes (CPEs) constitute a promising class of conductive organic materials that are considered potential candidates for organic thermoelectrics. However, the low power factor of CPEs derived from their low electrical conductivity (σ) has been a major drawback in CPE-based thermoelectrics. Herein, we report a strategy for enhancing the thermoelectric performance of CPEs through post-treatment using aq H2SO4 solution. The post-treatment increases σ by 2 orders of magnitude, originating from H2SO4-induced doping accompanying a significant increase in charge-carrier concentration. Consequently, a power factor of 3.0 μW m-1 K-2 is achieved at room temperature. Furthermore, using this highly conductive H2SO4-doped CPE, we developed flexible thermoelectric generators that allow durable power generation under repetitive mechanical bending stresses. Our findings provide insight into developing high-performance and versatile CPEs for the next-generation organic thermoelectrics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8667-8675
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Energy Materials
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sept 28


  • conducting polymer
  • conjugated polyelectrolyte
  • doping
  • flexible thermoelectrics
  • organic thermoelectrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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