Highly Stretchable and Air-Stable PEDOT:PSS/Ionic Liquid Composites for Efficient Organic Thermoelectrics

Seyoung Kee, Hyunho Kim, Sri Harish Kumar Paleti, Abdulrahman El Labban, Marios Neophytou, Abdul-Hamid M. Emwas, Husam N. Alshareef, Derya Baran

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Thermoelectric (TE) generators that are capable of providing sustainable energy conversion under dynamic mechanical stresses have been explored for realizing autonomous wearable electronics. However, finding extremely deformable, efficient as well as air-stable TE materials is still a major challenge. Here, we report highly stretchable and efficient organic TE materials from aqueous composites of PEDOT:PSS and ionic liquids (ILs). In this composite, ILs simultaneously enhance Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS (up to 35 μV K-1 and 538 S cm-1, respectively) by controlling its oxidation level and nanostructure. Moreover, the resulting fibrous structure with IL-assisted soft domains leads to outstanding mechanical deformability and durability, enabling that the PEDOT:PSS/IL films simply coated on elastomeric substrates maintain the TE functionality under tensile strain (ε) up to 70% and repetitive stretching cycles with 30% ε without severe degradation in TE performance. Furthermore, we also demonstrate the long-term TE stability of PEDOT:PSS/IL composites maintaining > 80% of the initial performance after 10 days in ambient conditions. Our finding provides the potential of this novel composite as a stretchable and air-stable organic TE material.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3519-3526
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number9
StatePublished - Apr 9 2019

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