Journal article

New developments in composites, copolymer technologies and processing techniques for flexible fluoropolymer piezoelectric generators for efficient energy harvesting

Nick A Shepelin, Alexey M Glushenkov, Vanessa C Lussini, Phillip J Fox, Greg W Dicinoski, Joseph G Shapter, Amanda V Ellis

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2019

Abstract

Flexible piezoelectric generators (PEGs) have recently attracted significant interest, as they are able to harvest mechanical energy and convert it to electricity, decreasing reliance on conventional energy sources. These devices enable innovative applications including smart clothing, wearable electronics, on-skin and implantable sensors, as well as harvesting energy from the movement of vehicles, water and wind. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) and related fluoropolymers are the most common flexible piezoelectric materials, widely utilized for their high electromechanical conversion efficiencies, optimal mechanical flexibility, processability and biocompatibility. This critical review covers the ..

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