15 Jan '15, 9pm

Zinc-oxide Nanostructures Could Help Power Wearables

Zinc-oxide Nanostructures Could Help Power Wearables

Korean-based researchers have been pushing the potential of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanomaterials as a platform for piezoelectric power generators for at least the last five years. Once again researchers from Korea, this time out of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), have focused on the potential of ZnO nanomaterials to tap into their piezoelectric capability of converting mechanical energy into electrical energy to power micro devices. In this latest research, published in Applied Physics Letters , the aim was to exploit the piezoelectric capabilities of ZnO-based nanostructures to serve as nanogenerators in wearable electronics. “ZnO nanostructures are particularly suitable as nanogenerator functional elements, thanks to their numerous virtues including transparency, lead-free biocompatibility, nanostructural formability, chemical stability, and cou...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/consumer-electronics/p...

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