High Performance and Flexible Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone/Ag/AgTe Ternary Composite Film for Thermoelectric Power Generator.

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Summary of "High Performance and Flexible Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone/Ag/AgTe Ternary Composite Film for Thermoelectric Power Generator."

In this work, polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) coated Ag-rich AgTe nanowires (NWs) were synthesized by a wet chemical method using PVP coated Te NWs as templates, and flexible PVP/Ag/AgTe ternary composite film on nylon membrane was prepared by vacuum assisted filtration followed by heat treatment. TEM and STEM observations of the focused ion beam (FIB) prepared sample reveal that the composite film shows a porous network-like structure and that the Ag and AgTe exist as nanoparticles and NWs, respectively, both bonded with PVP. The Ag nanoparticles are formed by separation of the Ag-rich AgTe NWs during the heat treatment. For the composite film staring from a Ag/Te initial molar ratio of 6:1, a high power factor of 216.5 μW/mK is achieved at 300 K, and it increases to 370.1 μW/mK at 393 K. Bending tests demonstrate excellent flexibility of the hybrid film. A thermoelectric (TE) prototype composed of five-leg of the hybrid film is assembled and the maximum output power of 469 nW is obtained at a temperature gradient of 39.6 K, corresponding to a maximum power density of 341 µW/cm. This work provides an effective route to composite film with high TE performance and excellent flexibility for wearable TE generators.


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Name: ACS applied materials & interfaces
ISSN: 1944-8252


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