The properties of a mixed metallic and semiconducting carbon nanotube (CNT) sample dispersed in nonconjugated poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and conjugated poly(bisdodecylquaterthiophene) (PQT12) were compared, with and without p-doping by NOBF4. The CNTs were distributed much more evenly, and percolated at much lower concentrations (ca. 2%), in the PMMA as compared to PQT12, as judged by optical microscopy and electronic conductivity measurements. Seebeck coefficients (S) obtained on the PMMA samples indicated dominance by the metallic fraction, with values <10 µV/K. Composites made with PQT12 alone showed slightly higher values of S, but with the addition of 3 wt % dopant, S increased markedly to about 100 µV/K at 5-10% CNT fractions, while conductivity was unexpectedly low. As the CNT fraction in the doped sample was increased to 25-30%, conductivity approached that of the comparable concentration of CNTs in PMMA, while S, ca. 15 µV/K, was still higher than that measured in PMMA. The observations inform interpretations of CNT-polymer composite thermoelectric data, pointing out the roles of conjugated main chains and added dopants in modulating contributions of CNTs to thermoelectric composite performance.
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