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Semi-metallic polymers

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Materials, December 2013
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Semi-metallic polymers
Published in
Nature Materials, December 2013
DOI 10.1038/nmat3824
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Olga Bubnova, Zia Ullah Khan, Hui Wang, Slawomir Braun, Drew R. Evans, Manrico Fabretto, Pejman Hojati-Talemi, Daniel Dagnelund, Jean-Baptiste Arlin, Yves H. Geerts, Simon Desbief, Dag W. Breiby, Jens W. Andreasen, Roberto Lazzaroni, Weimin M. Chen, Igor Zozoulenko, Mats Fahlman, Peter J. Murphy, Magnus Berggren, Xavier Crispin, Bubnova O, Khan ZU, Wang H, Braun S, Evans DR, Fabretto M, Hojati-Talemi P, Dagnelund D, Arlin JB, Geerts YH, Desbief S, Breiby DW, Andreasen JW, Lazzaroni R, Chen WM, Zozoulenko I, Fahlman M, Murphy PJ, Berggren M, Crispin X


Polymers are lightweight, flexible, solution-processable materials that are promising for low-cost printed electronics as well as for mass-produced and large-area applications. Previous studies demonstrated that they can possess insulating, semiconducting or metallic properties; here we report that polymers can also be semi-metallic. Semi-metals, exemplified by bismuth, graphite and telluride alloys, have no energy bandgap and a very low density of states at the Fermi level. Furthermore, they typically have a higher Seebeck coefficient and lower thermal conductivities compared with metals, thus being suitable for thermoelectric applications. We measure the thermoelectric properties of various poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) samples, and observe a marked increase in the Seebeck coefficient when the electrical conductivity is enhanced through molecular organization. This initiates the transition from a Fermi glass to a semi-metal. The high Seebeck value, the metallic conductivity at room temperature and the absence of unpaired electron spins makes polymer semi-metals attractive for thermoelectrics and spintronics.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 13 4%
Germany 8 2%
France 4 1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Italy 2 <1%
Denmark 2 <1%
Norway 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Indonesia 1 <1%
Other 11 3%
Unknown 316 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 134 37%
Researcher 77 21%
Student > Master 42 12%
Professor 22 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 22 6%
Other 67 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Materials Science 108 30%
Chemistry 96 26%
Physics and Astronomy 73 20%
Engineering 52 14%
Unspecified 18 5%
Other 17 5%

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