Thesis / Dissertation

3D printing of flexible and efficient polymeric piezoelectric energy conversion materials

Nikita Alexeyevich Shepelin, Amanda Ellis (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

The unique capability of piezoelectric materials to convert between mechanical and electri-cal energy holds tremendous potential in enabling a range of emerging applications. Pol-ymers, as soft and biocompatible materials, are excellent candidates for the use in power-ing wearable and implantable electronics, as well as for the primary sensing mechanism in soft robotic interfaces. However, piezoelectric polymers are sparsely utilised due to their chemical and structural complexity, and the tremendous energetic cost to maximise their energy conversion efficiency. Fluoropolymers have piezoelectric figures of merit rivalling those of the widely used ceramics and are therefore promising to inves..

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