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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 213; doi:10.3390/app8020213

P(VDF-TrFE) Film on PDMS Substrate for Energy Harvesting Applications

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Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
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Department of Physics and Astronomy and Clemson Nanomaterials Institute, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
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Received: 15 November 2017 / Revised: 5 January 2018 / Accepted: 29 January 2018 / Published: 31 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting: Materials, Devices and Application)
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Abstract

We have developed and demonstrated a highly flexible P(VDF-TrFE) film-based energy harvesting device on a PDMS substrate, avoiding any complex composites and patterned structures. The structural and electrical properties of the P(VDF-TrFE) film was investigated using multiple characterization techniques and an optimized film of 7 µm thickness was used for the energy harvesting application. The device, with Ti/Ni metal contacts, was driven by a shaker providing an acceleration of 1.75 g, and frequencies varying from 5 to 30 Hz. The energy harvesting performance of the final fabricated device was tested using the shaker, and resulted in a maximum output capacitor voltage of 4.4 V, which successfully powered a set of 27 LEDs after several minutes of charging. View Full-Text
Keywords: PDMS; piezoelectric; P(VDF-TrFE); energy harvester; flexible PDMS; piezoelectric; P(VDF-TrFE); energy harvester; flexible
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Kim, S.; Towfeeq, I.; Dong, Y.; Gorman, S.; Rao, A.M.; Koley, G. P(VDF-TrFE) Film on PDMS Substrate for Energy Harvesting Applications. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 213.

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