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ESR Project 2

Fabrication and characterization of hybrid thermoelectrics

Angus Hawkey (ESR 2)

Home Institution:
Heidelberg University, Germany

1st Secondment:
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona, Spain (ICMAB-CSIC)

2nd Secondment:
ParsNord Thermal Comfort, Denmark

Jana Zaumseil (Heidelberg)

Mariano Campoy-Quiles (ICMAB-CSIC)

Map ESR Project 2


  • Provide consortium partners with selected and purified carbon nanotubes (CNTs)
  • Fabricate doped hybrid materials based on polymer hosts with (a) CNT and (b) inorganic nanoparticle guests
  • Assess thermoelectric parameters of hybrids, focus on the relative host-guest energy levels, preventing guest-only percolating pathways and controlled doping including ion exchange
  • Measure thermal conductivity of selected hybrid systems

Expected results

  • Design rules for hybrid thermoelectrics w.r.t. energetics, loading, morphology, doping level
  • Effective doping method(s) for hybrid materials
  • Novel, high-performance hybrid thermoelectric materials

Skills acquired

  • Designing, fabricating, measuring and analyzing multicomponent electronic materials
  • Interdisciplinary communication