Special Issue "Smart Nanogenerators"
A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018)
Prof. Dr. Zhong Lin Wang
School of Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Interests: nanogenerators and self-powered nanosystems; piezotronics for smart systems; piezo-phototronics for energy science and optoelectronics; hybrid cells for energy harvesting
Renewable energy, as an alternative solution to fossil fuels, has triggered increasing research efforts from both industry and academia in recent decades. The attractive characteristics of renewable energy include its reduced carbon emissions, secure long-term energy supply, and less dependence on fossil fuels, all of which are mandatory for the sustainable development of the environment. While sustainable energy is urgently demanded, nanogenerators is one of the most promising candidates to fulfill the aforementioned needs, and thus has been developed in varied prototypes to harvest mechanical and thermal energy in the environment, such as piezoelectric nanogenerator proposed by Prof. Zhong Lin Wang in 2006, which converts tiny-scale mechanical energy into electricity. Since 2012, the development of triboelectric nanogenerator (also by Prof. Zhong Lin Wang) has demonstrated itself as an efficient power source to directly drive microelectronics or charge capacitor/battery for a self-powered sensing system. In addition to the benefits of cost-effectiveness, easy fabrication, and robust capability, nanogenerators are “smart” in their versatility to function beyond energy harvesting and work as active/self-powered nanosensors with no external input power, which are mini-sized and eco-friendly to eliminate the use of environmentally harmful materials in battery. The development of these nanogenerators has pushed its feasible applications in a wide range of fields. This Special Issue of Nanomaterials will attempt to cover the recent achievements in the fields of nanogenerators and self-powered nanosensors.
Dr. Zong-Hong Lin
Prof. Dr. Jyh-Ming Wu
Prof. Dr. Chuan-Pu Liu
Prof. Dr. Zhong Lin Wang
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- self-powered nanosensor
- energy harvesting
- contact electrification
- piezoelectric nanomaterials
- pyroelectric effect
- wearable electronics