Hybrid Organic–Inorganic Thermoelectric Materials and Devices

Huile Jin, Jun Li, James Iocozzia, Xin Zeng, Pai Chun Wei, Chao Yang, Nan Li, Zhaoping Liu, Jr Hau He, Tiejun Zhu, Jichang Wang, Zhiqun Lin, Shun Wang

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Hybrid organic–inorganic materials have been considered as a new candidate in the field of thermoelectric materials since the last decade owing to their great potential to enhance the thermoelectric performance by utilizing the low thermal conductivity of organic materials and the high Seebeck coefficient, and high electrical conductivity of inorganic materials. Herein, we provide an overview of interfacial engineering in the synthesis of various organic–inorganic thermoelectric hybrid materials, along with the dimensional design for tuning their thermoelectric properties. Interfacial effects are examined in terms of nanostructures, physical properties, and chemical doping between the inorganic and organic components. Several key factors which dictate the thermoelectric efficiency and performance of various electronic devices are also discussed, such as the thermal conductivity, electric transportation, electronic band structures, and band convergence of the hybrid materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15206-15226
Number of pages21
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number43
StatePublished - 21 Oct 2019

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  • electronic structures
  • energy conversion
  • organic–inorganic interfaces
  • thermal conductivity
  • thermoelectrics


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