Journal article

Probing Contact Electrification: A Cohesively Sticky Problem

Peter C Sherrell, Andris Sutka, Nick A Shepelin, Linards Lapcinskis, Osvalds Verners, Liva Germane, Martin Timusk, Renzo A Fenati, Kaspars Malnieks, Amanda Ellis



Contact electrification and the triboelectric effect are complex processes for mechanical-to-electrical energy conversion, particularly for highly deformable polymers. While generating relatively low power density, contact electrification can occur at the contact-separation interface between nearly any two polymer surfaces. This ubiquitousness of surfaces enables contact electrification to be an important phenomenon to understand energy conversion and harvesting applications. The mechanism of charge generation between polymeric materials remains ambiguous, with electron transfer, material (also known as mass) transfer, and adsorbed chemical species transfer (including induced ionization of w..

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Awarded by European Regional Development Fund

Funding Acknowledgements

A.V.E. acknowledges funding from the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects funding scheme (LP160100071). P.C.S. acknowledges the support of a Elizabeth and Vernon Puzey Fellowship at the University of Melbourne. L.L. acknowledges the support of Riga Technical University's Doctoral Grant programme. K.M. and O.V. acknowledge the support by the European Regional Development Fund within the Activity "Post-doctoral Research Aid" of the Specific Aid Objective 1.1.1 "To increase the research and innovative capacity of scientific institutions of Latvia and the ability to attract external financing, investing in human resources and infrastructure" of the Operational Programme "Growth and Employment" nos. and, respectively. O.V. acknowledges Riga Technical University's HPC Center for providing access to their computing infrastructure.