Power Factor Enhancement in Solution-Processed Organic n-Type Thermoelectrics Through Molecular Design

Russ, B.; Robb, M.J.; Brunetti, F.G.; Miller, P.L.; Perry, E.E.; Patel, S.N.; Ho, V.; Chang, W.B.; Urban, J.J.; Chabinyc, M.L.; Hawker, C.J.; Segalman, R.A.
Adv. Mater.,
2014
26, 3473-3477.

A new class of high-performance n-type organic thermoelectric materials, self-doping perylene diimide derivatives with modified side chains, is reported. These materials achieve the highest n-type thermoelectric performance of solution-processed organic materials reported to date, with power factors as high as 1.4 μW/mK2. These results demonstrate that molecular design is a promising strategy for enhancing organic thermoelectric performance.