Photoelectric and Thermoelectric Dual Modulation Via a Ternary Composite
Journal Article - Open Access
Norfolk State University Norfolk United States
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Materials for simultaneous photoelectric and thermo-electric dual conversions and modulations, where photon can modulate the thermoelectric conversion, and temperature can modulate the photoelectric conversion, may find potential applications where light including a laser can remotely turn on, turn off, or modulate a thermoelectric generator, a cooler, or a temperature sensor, and vice versa, temperature heatingcooling can turn on, turn off, or modulate a photoelectric device such as a photo detector or a solar cell. Here, it is demonstrated that such simultaneous dual conversion or modulation can be achieved via a ternary composite, e.g., a poly-3-hexylthiophene thin-film doped with both phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester and iodine. This finding may result in the development of lightweight, flexible shape, cost-effective, renewable, environmentally friendly, biocompatible, and scalable materials, devices, and systems for clean energy harvestings such as solar and waste heat dual energy harvesting as well as lightheat dual sensing sensors, modulators, and controllers.
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