Fine Art of Thermoelectricity

Viktor V. Brus, Marc Gluba, Jörg Rappich, Felix Lang, Pavlo D. Maryanchuk, Norbert H. Nickel

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A detailed study of hitherto unknown electrical and thermoelectric properties of graphite pencil traces on paper was carried out by measuring the Hall and Seebeck effects. We show that the combination of pencil-drawn graphite and brush-painted poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) films on regular office paper results in extremely simple, low-cost, and environmentally friendly thermoelectric power generators with promising output characteristics at low-temperature gradients. The working characteristics can be improved even further by incorporating n-type InSe flakes. The combination of pencil-drawn n-InSe:graphite nanocomposites and brush-painted PEDOT:PSS increases the power output by 1 order of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4737-4742
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • InSe
  • paper
  • pencil trace
  • thermoelectricity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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