Thermoelectric materials can produce electricity directly from waste heat and have the potential to be paired with applications ranging from large-scale industrial processes, to consumer electronics, even to harnessing our own body heat. However, traditional thermoelectric materials suffer from poor efficiencies and high processing costs.
Our group is interested in developing high-performance, hybrid organic-inorganic nanomaterials using low-cost, water-processed synthetic techniques.
Aqueous processing pathway to generate thermoelectric modules using inorganic nanorods with conductive polymer ligands.
Our group has demonstrated that thermoelectric performance in hybrid Tellurium nanowire-conductive polymer composites surpasses that of either pure component.
Robust solution processing techniques and the incorporation of chemically tunable organic molecules open the door to low-cost, flexible thermoelectric modules.