Thermoelectric devices interconvert heat and electricity, leading to a more sustainable, cleaner and safer energy technologies. Traditional inorganic thermoelectrics materials are restricted by rigid geometries and use of expensive components with low earth abundance. Highly porous nanocellulose aerogel feature exceptional thermal insulators and, in combination with conductive polymers, have particular interest for application next-generation of environmentally friendly energy conversion technologies as thermoeletric materials. The current proposal aims to develop nanocellulose aerogels using conductive polymers doped with graphene quantum dots to construct thermoelectric devices with silent operation, readily synthesized, air stable, good flexibility, ease of manufacture and comparatively long lifetimes.
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