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Reference Number EP/T026219/1
Title Flexible Hybrid Thermoelectric Materials
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr IS Nandhakumar

School of Chemistry
University of Southampton
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2020
End Date 31 December 2024
Duration 51 months
Total Grant Value £609,079
Industrial Sectors Electronics; Energy; Manufacturing
Region South East
Programme NC : Physical Sciences
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr IS Nandhakumar , School of Chemistry, University of Southampton (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr S P Beeby , Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Swansea University (0.000%)
Project Contact , European Thermodynamics Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore (0.000%)
Project Contact , Carrington Textiles Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research (0.000%)
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Abstract Wearable technologies such as smart watches, smart glasses or even smart pacemakers have caused a paradigm shift in consumer electronics with huge potential in areas such as healthcare, fashion and entertainment (e.g. augmented reality glasses). Currently these devices are still powered by batteries needing frequent replacement or recharging, a key challenge holding back wearable electronics. Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) are an attractive alternative to batteries as they can generate up to several 100 microwatts power from heat (e.g. radiated from the human body), are safe and long-lasting with zero emissions. Current TEGs however are plagued by low efficiencies, high manufacturing costs, and are fabricated onto rigid substrates which makes it difficult to integrate them into many applications that require conformal installation. There is therefore considerable interest in the fabrication of flexible TEGs that can harvest energy from body heat for wearable applications and other heat sources. This project seeks to develop a new generation of thermoelectric (TE) hybrid materials for flexible TE energy harvesting applications by combining inorganic materials with controlled 3D nanostructures and organic conducting polymers (OCPs). The materials have not been realized to date and will be optimized to yield enhanced TE power factors (PFs).
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