Phase-transition-promoted thermoelectric textiles based on twin surface-modified CNT fibers

Yu, Long and Liu, Xinyu and Zhang, Boxuan and Hu, Huijie and Chen, Kunlin and Li, Haoxuan and Birch, David J. S. and Chen, Yu and Qin, Hua and Gu, Peng (2024) Phase-transition-promoted thermoelectric textiles based on twin surface-modified CNT fibers. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 16 (14). 18030–18039. ISSN 1944-8244 (

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With the fast development of new science and technology, wearable devices are in great demand in modern human daily life. However, the energy problem is a long-lasting issue to achieve real smart, wearable, and portable devices. Flexible thermoelectric generators (TEGs) based on thermoelectric conversion systems can convert body waste heat into electricity with excellent flexibility and wearability, which shows a new direction to solving this issue. Here in this work, polyethylenimine (PEI) and gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) twin surface-modified carbon nanotube fibers (CNTFs) were designed and prepared to fabricate thermoelectric textiles (TET) with high performance, good air stability, and high-efficiency power generation. To better utilize the heat emitted by the human body, microencapsulated phase change materials (MPCM) were coated on the hot end of the TET to achieve the phase-transition-promoted TET. MPCM-coated TET device could generate 25.7% more energy than the untreated control device, which indicates the great potential of the phase-transition-promoted TET.

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