Nano-carbon electrodes for thermal energy harvesting

Mark S. Romano, Joselito M. Razal, Dennis Antiohos, Gordon Wallace, Jun Chen

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Thermogalvanic cells are capable of converting waste heat (generated as a by-product of almost all human activity) to electricity. These devices may alleviate the problems associated with the use of fossil fuels to meet the world's current demand for energy. This review discusses the developments in thermogalvanic systems attained through the use of nano-carbons as the electrode materials. Advances in cell design and electrode configuration that improve performance of these thermo converters and make them applicable in a variety of environments are also summarized. It is the aim of this review to act as a channel for further developments in thermogalvanic cell design and electrode engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Graphene
  • Low-grade heat
  • Reduced graphene oxide
  • Thermo-electrochemical cells
  • Thermocells
  • Thermogalvanic cells
  • Waste heat carbon nanotubes

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