Thermoelectric materials are able to transfer heat energy into electrical energy. They have many important applications, and an increased understanding of them would allow the scientific community to develop more efficient thermoelectrics. We provide here transient photoconductivity measurements of a thermoelectric nanomaterial - PEDOT:PSS with TeCu nanowires on quartz substrate. Increased copper concentration in nanowires decreases photoconductivity in both transmission and reflectance measurements. Fermi blocking provides a reasonable explanation for this decrease in photoconductivity, which occurs when total nanowire mass approaches ~15% copper concentration.
Footh, Gunnar J.; Koller, Michaela S.; and Heyman, James
"Transient Photoconductivity of a Thermoelectric Nanomaterial PEDOT:PSS with TeCu nanowires,"
Macalester Journal of Physics and Astronomy: Vol. 5
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/mjpa/vol5/iss1/2