Journal article

"Self-Matched" Tribo/Piezoelectric Nanogenerators Using Vapor-Induced Phase-Separated Poly(vinylidene fluoride) and Recombinant Spider Silk.

Tao Huang, Yujia Zhang, Peng He, Gang Wang, Xiaoxia Xia, Guqiao Ding, Tiger H Tao

Advanced Materials | Published : 2020


Flexible biocompatible mechanical energy harvesters are drawing increasing interest because of their high energy-harvesting efficiency for powering wearable/implantable devices. Here, a type of "self-matched" tribo-piezoelectric nanogenerators composed of genetically engineered recombinant spider silk protein and piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)-decorated poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) layers is reported. The PET layer serves as a shared structure and electrification layer for both piezoelectric and triboelectric nanogenerators. Importantly, the PVDF generates a strong piezo-potential that modifies the surface potential of the PET layer to match the electron-transfer direct..

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