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Wearable thermoelectric generator with vertically aligned PEDOT:PSS and carbon nanotubes thermoelements for energy harvesting

Hasan, Mohammed Nazibul and Asri, Muhammad Izzudin Ahmad and Saleh, Tanveer and Muthalif, Asan G. A. and Ali, Mohamed Sultan Mohamed (2022) Wearable thermoelectric generator with vertically aligned PEDOT:PSS and carbon nanotubes thermoelements for energy harvesting. International Journal of Energy Research. ISSN 0363907X (In Press)

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Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) facilitate maintenance-free sustainable energy transduction, making them attractive and feasible options for selfpowered wearable electronics. Nonetheless, their energy-conversion process suffers from inadequate design and rigidity owing to the use of brittle inorganic materials, making them inapt for wearable applications. Thus, the development of a TEG made of flexible materials with high deformability is required. In this study, a novel wearable TEG was designed and fabricated with vertically aligned p-type PEDOT:PSS and n-type SWCNT film-based thermoelements. Finite element analysis was used to optimize the thermoelement length, which was essential for enhancing the overall TEG output performance. This study also examined the effects of acid-based post-treatment and polyethylenimine concentration on the thermoelectric properties of PEDOT: PSS and SWCNT films, respectively. As a proof of concept, the proposed TEG, composed of five pairs of thermoelements, generated an open-circuit voltage of 1.75 mV while produced a maximum power and a power density of ~6.1 nW and 10.17 nWcm�2, respectively, at a ΔT of 11.24�C by harvesting energy from the wrist. The proposed design represents a significant step toward developing a next-generation flexible organic TEG that can pave the way for self-powered wearable electronics in a sustainable manner utilizing body heat.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy harvesting, PEDOT:PSS, SWCNT, thermoelectric generators, thermoelements
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Mechatronics Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Tanveer Saleh CEng MIMechE
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 16:34
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 16:34
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/99317

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