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Title: Large scale triboelectric nanogenerator and self-powered pressure sensor array using low cost roll-to-roll UV embossing
Authors: Dhakar, L 
Gudla, S 
Shan, X
Wang, Z
Tay, F.E.H 
Heng, C.-H 
Lee, C 
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Dhakar, L, Gudla, S, Shan, X, Wang, Z, Tay, F.E.H, Heng, C.-H, Lee, C (2016). Large scale triboelectric nanogenerator and self-powered pressure sensor array using low cost roll-to-roll UV embossing. Scientific Reports 6 : 22253. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) have emerged as a potential solution for mechanical energy harvesting over conventional mechanisms such as piezoelectric and electromagnetic, due to easy fabrication, high efficiency and wider choice of materials. Traditional fabrication techniques used to realize TENGs involve plasma etching, soft lithography and nanoparticle deposition for higher performance. But lack of truly scalable fabrication processes still remains a critical challenge and bottleneck in the path of bringing TENGs to commercial production. In this paper, we demonstrate fabrication of large scale triboelectric nanogenerator (LS-TENG) using roll-to-roll ultraviolet embossing to pattern polyethylene terephthalate sheets. These LS-TENGs can be used to harvest energy from human motion and vehicle motion from embedded devices in floors and roads, respectively. LS-TENG generated a power density of 62.5 mW m -2. Using roll-to-roll processing technique, we also demonstrate a large scale triboelectric pressure sensor array with pressure detection sensitivity of 1.33 V kPa -1. The large scale pressure sensor array has applications in self-powered motion tracking, posture monitoring and electronic skin applications. This work demonstrates scalable fabrication of TENGs and self-powered pressure sensor arrays, which will lead to extremely low cost and bring them closer to commercial production.
Source Title: Scientific Reports
ISSN: 20452322
DOI: 10.1038/srep22253
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