While triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) has been proven as a promising device in energy harvesting and self-powered sensing, there still remains one important issue associated with large-scale production of practical self-powered devices.
A group of research team, led by Prof. Jeong Min Baik (School of Materials Science and Engineering) at UNIST announced that they have developed a sponge-like nanogenerator that could be key to creating a new class of self-powered nanodevices. In this study, the team reported a facile and scalable synthesis of mesoporous films impregnated with Au nanoparticles, as effective dielectrics for enhancing the TENG’s performance.
The team reported their development, which is the first of its kind, in a paper published August 6, 2015, in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.
Prof. Baik states, “This technique is so simple and scalable, providing a promising solution for developing large-scale and practical self-powered devices.”
According to the team, “When tested under the same mechanical force, this sponge-like nanogenerator showed over 5-fold power enhancement, compared with a flat film-based TENG.” They continued by saying, “This was due to the presence of aligned dipoles produced by the charges created by the contact between Au NPs and PDMS inside the pores.”
“We believe that our results will lead to the further advancement of nanogenerators as promising large-scale power supplies for realizing large-scale and practical self-powered personal electronics.” says Prof. Baik.
This work has been supported by Samgsung Research Funding Center of Samsung Electronics.
Jinsung Chun, Jin Woong Kim, Woo-suk Jung, Chong-Yun Kang, Sang-Woo Kim, Zhong Lin Wang, and Jeong Min Baik. (Aug., 2015), “Mesoporous pores impregnated with Au nanoparticles as effective dielectrics for enhancing triboelectric nanogenerator performance in harsh environments.” Energy Environ. Sci., 2015, Advanced Article.