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Title: Investigation of position sensing and energy harvesting of a flexible triboelectric touch pad
Authors: Chen T.
Shi Q. 
Li K.
Yang Z.
Liu H.
Sun L.
Dziuban J.A.
Lee C. 
Keywords: Energy harvesting
Internet of things (IoT)
Triboelectric nanogenerator
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Chen T., Shi Q., Li K., Yang Z., Liu H., Sun L., Dziuban J.A., Lee C. (2018). Investigation of position sensing and energy harvesting of a flexible triboelectric touch pad. Nanomaterials 8 (8) : 613. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) is a promising technology because it can harvest energy from the environment to enable self-sustainable mobile and wearable electronic devices. In this work, we present a flexible touch pad capable of detecting the contact location of an object and generating substantial energy simultaneously based on the coupling of triboelectric effects and electrostatic induction. The touch pad consists of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) thin film, multiple Aluminum (Al) electrodes and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) layers, which can be achieved through low cost, simplified and scalable fabrication process. Different from the conventional multi-pixel-based positioning sensor (i.e., large array of sensing elements and electrodes), the analogue method proposed here is used to implement the positioning function with only four electrodes. Position location can achieve a detecting resolution of as small as 1.3 mm (the size of locating layer is 7.5 cm × 7.5 cm). For the energy harvesting part, a multilayer structure is designed to provide higher current output. The open circuit voltage of the device is around 420 V and the short circuit current can reach up to 6.26 µA with current density of 0.25 µA/cm2. The maximum output power obtained is approximately 10 mW, which is 0.4 mW/cm2. The flexibility and significantly reduced number of electrodes enable the proposed touch pad to be readily integrated into portable electronic devices, such as intelligent robots, laptops, healthcare devices, and environmental surveys, etc. © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: Nanomaterials
ISSN: 20794991
DOI: 10.3390/nano8080613
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