Polymer composites for thermoelectric applications. Academic Article uri icon


  • This review covers recently reported polymer composites that show a thermoelectric (TE) effect and thus have potential application as thermoelectric generators and Peltier coolers. The growing need for CO2-minimizing energy sources and thermal management systems makes the development of new TE materials a key challenge for researchers across many fields, particularly in light of the scarcity or toxicity of traditional inorganic TE materials based on Te and Pb. Recent reports of composites with inorganic and organic additives in conjugated and insulating polymer matrices are covered, as well as the techniques needed to fully characterize their TE properties.

published proceedings

  • Angew Chem Int Ed Engl

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • McGrail, B. T., Sehirlioglu, A., & Pentzer, E.

citation count

  • 215

complete list of authors

  • McGrail, Brendan T||Sehirlioglu, Alp||Pentzer, Emily

publication date

  • February 2015