31 May '17, 6pm

Nanogenerator Gets More Flexible and Transparent

Nanogenerator Gets More Flexible and Transparent

Just last week, a research team in South Korea that devised a way to improve the electrical output of the triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Not to be outdone, a team of scientists at Georgia Tech, led by Zhong Lin (Z.L.) Wang , have improved the capabilities of their TENGs technology by making them far more flexible. In the process, the team has given the devices a new name: skin-like triboelectric nanogenerators, or STENGs. These stretchy generators should provide another flexible power source for the increasing number of flexible electronics. In research described in the journal Science Advances , the Georgia Tech researchers combined a hybrid material made up of an elastomer and an ionic hydrogel that can harvest energy from movement and provide tactile sensing. The flexibility and tactile sensing sugge...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/materia...

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