A Potential Approach to Enhance the Seebeck Coefficient of UHMWPE by Using the Graphene Oxide


  • Aqsa Irfan Department of Basic Science, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, 47050, Pakistan
  • Malik Naqash Mehmood Department of Physics, Air University, 444000, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Malik Sajjad Mehmood Department of Basic Science, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, 47050, Pakistan
  • Arif Aziz Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, Heilingjiang, 150001, China
  • Mansoor Ahmad Baluch Department of Basic Science, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, 47050, Pakistan
  • Muhammad Rizwan Department of Physics, Air University, 444000, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Tariq Yasin Department of Chemistry, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 45650, Islamabad, Pakistan




Thermoelectric materials have been a competent source for the production of energy in the present decade. The most important and potential parameter required for the material to have better thermoelectric characteristics is the Seebeck coefficient. In this work, ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and graphene oxide (GO) nanocomposites were prepared by mechanical mixing by containing 10000ppm, 50000ppm, 70000ppm, 100000ppm, 150000ppm, and 200000ppm loadings of graphene oxide. Due to the intrinsic insulating nature of UHMWPE, the value of Seebeck for pristine UHMWPE and its nanocomposites with 10000ppm & 50000ppm of GO concentration was too low to be detected. However, the Seebeck coefficient for composites with 70000ppm, 100000ppm, 150000ppm, and 200000ppm loadings of GO was found to be 180, 206, 230, and 235 µV/ K, respectively. These higher values of Seebeck coefficients were attributed to the superior thermal insulating nature of UHMWPE and the conductive network induced by the GO within the UHMWPE insulating matrix. Although, the values of the figure of merit and power factor were negligibly small due to the lower concentration of charge carriers in UHMWPE/ GO nanocomposites but still reported, results are extremely hopeful for considering the composite as the potential candidate for thermoelectric applications.


UHMWPE, Graphene oxide, Electrical conductivity, Thermal conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, Figure of merit


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How to Cite

Irfan, A., Mehmood, M. N., Mehmood, M. S., Aziz, A., Baluch, M. A., Rizwan, M., & Yasin, T. (2020). A Potential Approach to Enhance the Seebeck Coefficient of UHMWPE by Using the Graphene Oxide. Non-Metallic Material Science, 2(2), 21–27. https://doi.org/10.30564/omms.v2i2.2601


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