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A Novel Arch-Shape Nanogenerator Based on Piezoelectric and Triboelectric Mechanism for Mechanical Energy Harvesting

by Chenyang Xue 1,2,*,†, Junyang Li 1,2,3,†, Qiang Zhang 1,2, Zhibo Zhang 1,2, Zhenyin Hai 1,2, Libo Gao 1,2, Ruiting Feng 1,2, Jun Tang 1,2, Jun Liu 1,2, Wendong Zhang 1,2 and Dong Sun 1,2,3
Key Laboratory of Instrumentation Science and Dynamic Measurement of Ministry of Education, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051, China
Science and Technology on Electronic Test and Measurement Laboratory, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051, China
Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon 999077, Hong Kong
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Thomas Nann
Nanomaterials 2015, 5(1), 36-46;
Received: 26 November 2014 / Accepted: 18 December 2014 / Published: 26 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterials for Energy and Sustainability Applications)
A simple and cost-effective approach was developed to fabricate piezoelectric and triboelectric nanogenerator (P-TENG) with high electrical output. Additionally, pyramid micro structures fabricated atop a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) surface were employed to enhance the device performance. Furthermore, piezoelectric barium titanate (BT) nanoparticles and multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) were mixed in the PDMS film during the forming process. Meanwhile, the composition of the film was optimized to achieve output performance, and favorable toughness was achieved after thermal curing. An arch-shape ITO/PET electrode was attached to the upper side of the polarized composite film and an aluminum film was placed under it as the bottom electrode. With periodic external force at 20 Hz, electrical output of this P-TENG, reached a peak voltage of 22 V and current of 9 μA with a peak current density of 1.13 μA/cm2, which was six times that of the triboelectric generator without BT and MWCNT nanoparticles. The nanogenerator can be directly used to lighten 28 commercial light-emitting diodes (LEDs) without any energy storage unit or rectification circuit under human footfalls. View Full-Text
Keywords: arch-shape; piezoelectric; triboelectric; mechanical energy arch-shape; piezoelectric; triboelectric; mechanical energy
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Xue, C.; Li, J.; Zhang, Q.; Zhang, Z.; Hai, Z.; Gao, L.; Feng, R.; Tang, J.; Liu, J.; Zhang, W.; Sun, D. A Novel Arch-Shape Nanogenerator Based on Piezoelectric and Triboelectric Mechanism for Mechanical Energy Harvesting. Nanomaterials 2015, 5, 36-46.

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