Nanostructured Conjugated Polymers for Energy-Related Applications beyond Solar Cells

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489-1511
Journal / PublicationChemistry - An Asian Journal
Volume11
Issue number10
Online published11 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

To meet the ever-increasing requirements for the next generation of sustainable and versatile energy-related devices, conjugated polymers, which have potential advantages over small molecules and inorganic materials, are among the most promising types of green candidates. The properties of conjugated polymers can be tuned through modification of the structure and incorporation of different functional moieties. In addition, superior performances can be achieved as a result of the advantages of nanostructures, such as their large surface areas and the shortened pathways for charge transfer. Therefore, nanostructured conjugated polymers with different properties can be obtained to be applied in different energy-related organic devices. This review focuses on the application and performance of the recently reported nanostructured conjugated polymers for high-performance devices, including rechargeable lithium batteries, microbial fuel cells (MFCs), thermoelectric generators, and photocatalytic systems. The design strategies, reaction mechanisms, advantages, and limitations of nanostructured conjugated polymers are further discussed in each section. Finally, possible routes to improve the performances of the current systems are also included in the conclusion. Energy issues: Recent progress in conjugated polymer nanostructures for energy applications is highlighted. Four energy conversion and storage systems based on conjugated polymer nanostructures are discussed: rechargeable lithium batteries, microbial fuel cells, thermoelectric generators, and photocatalysts for visible-light hydrogen evolution. The opportunities and challenges in this field are discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • conjugation, energy conversion, nanostructures, photocatalytic systems, polymers

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Nanostructured Conjugated Polymers for Energy-Related Applications beyond Solar Cells. / Xie, Jian; Zhao, Cui-e; Lin, Zong-qiong; Gu, Pei-yang; Zhang, Qichun.

In: Chemistry - An Asian Journal, Vol. 11, No. 10, 20.05.2016, p. 1489-1511.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review