Journal article

Printed recyclable and self-poled polymer piezoelectric generators through single-walled carbon nanotube templating

Nick A Shepelin, Peter C Sherrell, Eirini Goudeli, Emmanuel N Skountzos, Vanessa C Lussini, Greg W Dicinoski, Joseph G Shapter, Amanda V Ellis

Energy and Environmental Science | Royal Society of Chemistry | Published : 2020


With an increasing global energy demand, along with a rising uptake of portable electronic devices, it is of great importance to investigate the viability of alternative energy harvesting technologies. Flexible piezoelectric generators (PEGs) are able to convert mechanical energy to electricity, making them an ideal candidate to decrease reliance on conventional energy sources and to power flexible, portable and implantable electronics. In this study, we show a low-energy production pathway for transparent PEGs based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-trifluoroethylene) (PVDF-TrFE) via shear-induced alignment of its dipoles through extrusion printing, complemented by spatial dipolar templating o..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects funding scheme (LP160100071) and Future Fellowships funding scheme (FT130100211). This work was performed in part at the Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP) at the University ofMelbourne and the Victorian Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). The authors would like to acknowledgeMatthew Biviano for technical assistance with atomic force microscopy.