Harvesting Waste Heat in Unipolar Ion Conducting Polymers

William B. Chang, Christopher M. Evans, Bhooshan C. Popere, Boris M. Russ, Jun Liu, John Newman, Rachel A. Segalman

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The Seebeck effect in unipolar ion-conducting, solid-state polymers is characterized. The high Seebeck coefficient and sign in polymer ion conductors is explained via analysis of thermogalvanic multicomponent transport. A solid-state, water-processeable, flexible device based on these materials is demonstrated, showcasing the promise of polymers as thermogalvanic materials. Thermogalvanic materials based on ion-conducting polymer membranes show great promise in the harvesting of waste heat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-98
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 19 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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