Conjugated Organic Photothermal Films for Spatiotemporal Thermal Engineering

Hee Jung Kim, Byeonggwan Kim, Yanghyun Auh, Eunkyoung Kim

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With the growth of photoenergy harvesting and thermal engineering, photothermal materials (PTMs) have attracted substantial interest due to their unique functions such as localized heat generation, spatiotemporal thermal controllability, invisibility, and light harvesting capabilities. In particular, π-conjugated organic PTMs show advantages over inorganic or metallic PTMs in thin film applications due to their large light absorptivity, ease of synthesis and tunability of molecular structures for realizing high NIR absorption, flexibility, and solution processability. This review is intended to provide an overview of organic PTMs, including both molecular and polymeric PTMs. A description of the photothermal (PT) effect and conversion efficiency (ηPT) for organic films is provided. After that, the chemical structure and optical properties of organic PTMs are discussed. Finally, emerging applications of organic PT films from the perspective of spatiotemporal thermal engineering principles are illustrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2005940
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Nov 25

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
H.K. and B.K. contributed equally to this work. This review was supported by a National Research Foundation (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning, MSIP) through the Global Research Lab (GRL: 2016K1A1A2912753) and Creative Materials Discovery Program (2018M3D1A1058536), BK21 plus program in 2020 (2018H1D3A2001751), and AOARD, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) under the grant number FA9550‐19‐S‐0003.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Authors. Advanced Materials published by Wiley-VCH GmbH.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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