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Polymer-based piezoelectric nanogenerators for energy harvesting

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
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 Total cost 1˙635˙710 €
 EC max contribution 1˙635˙710 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2020-03-31


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 Project objective

Energy harvesting (EH) from ambient vibrations originating from sources such as moving parts of machines, fluid flow and even body movement, has enormous potential for small-power applications such as wireless sensors, flexible, portable and wearable electronics, and bio-medical implants, to name a few. Nanoscale piezoelectric energy harvesters, also known as nanogenerators (NGs), can directly convert small scale ambient vibrations into electrical energy. Scavenging power from ubiquitous vibrations in this way offers an attractive route to supersede fixed power sources such as batteries that need replacing/recharging, and that do not scale with the diminishing size of modern electronics. This proposal aims to develop NGs for future self-powered smart devices. Ceramics such as lead zirconium titanate and semiconductors such as zinc oxide are the most widely used piezoelectric EH materials. This proposal however focuses on a different class of piezoelectric materials, namely ferroelectric polymers, such as polyvinlyidene fluoride (PVDF), its copolymers, and nylon. These are potentially superior EH materials as they are flexible, robust, lightweight, easy and cheap to fabricate, as well as being lead-free and bio-compatible. The key strategy of this proposal is in combining i) materials engineering to create novel piezoelectric polymer-ceramic nanocomposite materials with enhanced EH functionalities, ii) state-of-the art nanoscale characterization to explore and exploit these novel materials, and iii) fabrication of high performance NGs for implementation into commercial devices, using insight gained from modelling of materials and device parameters. The proposed research will culminate in a well-defined process for the large-scale production of highly efficient and low cost piezoelectric NGs with reliable EH performance to power the next generation of autonomous devices, thus steering the field into the renewable energy market as a clean and competitive technology.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 J.R.A. Dann, P.C. Verpoort, J. Ferreira de Oliveira, S.E. Rowley, A. Datta, S. Kar-Narayan, C.J.B. Ford, G.J. Conduit, V. Narayan
Au - Ge Alloys for Wide-Range Low-Temperature On-Chip Thermometry
published pages: , ISSN: 2331-7019, DOI: 10.1103/physrevapplied.12.034024
Physical Review Applied 12/3 2020-03-06
2019 Qingshen Jing, Yeon Sik Choi, Michael Smith, Canlin Ou, Tommaso Busolo, Sohini Kar‐Narayan
Freestanding Functional Structures by Aerosol‐Jet Printing for Stretchable Electronics and Sensing Applications
published pages: 1900048, ISSN: 2365-709X, DOI: 10.1002/admt.201900048
Advanced Materials Technologies 4/7 2020-03-06
2019 Abhisikta Barman, Sohini Kar‐Narayan, Devajyoti Mukherjee
Caloric Effects in Perovskite Oxides
published pages: 1900291, ISSN: 2196-7350, DOI: 10.1002/admi.201900291
Advanced Materials Interfaces 6/15 2020-03-06
2019 Tommaso Busolo, Daniel P. Ura, Sung Kyun Kim, Mateusz M. Marzec, Andrzej Bernasik, Urszula Stachewicz, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Surface potential tailoring of PMMA fibers by electrospinning for enhanced triboelectric performance
published pages: 500-506, ISSN: 2211-2855, DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2018.12.037
Nano Energy 57 2020-03-06
2019 Qingshen Jing, Yeon Sik Choi, Michael Smith, Nordin Ćatić, Canlin Ou, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Aerosol-Jet Printed Fine-Featured Triboelectric Sensors for Motion Sensing
published pages: 1800328, ISSN: 2365-709X, DOI: 10.1002/admt.201800328
Advanced Materials Technologies 4/1 2020-03-06
2019 Malavika Nair, Yonatan Calahorra, Sohini Kar-Narayan, Serena M. Best, Ruth E. Cameron
Self-assembly of collagen bundles and enhanced piezoelectricity induced by chemical crosslinking
published pages: 15120-15130, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c9nr04750f
Nanoscale 11/32 2020-03-06
2019 Ya’akov Greenberg, Alexander Kelrich, Shimon Cohen, Sohini Kar-Narayan, Dan Ritter, Yonatan Calahorra
Strain-Mediated Bending of InP Nanowires through the Growth of an Asymmetric InAs Shell
published pages: 1327, ISSN: 2079-4991, DOI: 10.3390/nano9091327
Nanomaterials 9/9 2020-03-06
2019 James I. Roscow, Holly Pearce, Hamideh Khanbareh, Sohini Kar-Narayan, Chris R. Bowen
Modified energy harvesting figures of merit for stress- and strain-driven piezoelectric systems
published pages: 1537-1554, ISSN: 1951-6355, DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2019-800143-7
The European Physical Journal Special Topics 228/7 2020-03-06
2018 Canlin Ou, Abhijeet L. Sangle, Thomas Chalklen, Qingshen Jing, Vijay Narayan, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Enhanced thermoelectric properties of flexible aerosol-jet printed carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites
published pages: 96101, ISSN: 2166-532X, DOI: 10.1063/1.5043547
APL Materials 6/9 2020-03-06
2018 Michael Smith, Cathrin Lindackers, Kevin McCarthy, Sohini Kar‐Narayan
Enhanced Molecular Alignment in Poly‐ l ‐Lactic Acid Nanotubes Induced via Melt‐Press Template‐Wetting
published pages: 1800607, ISSN: 1438-7492, DOI: 10.1002/mame.201800607
Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 304/3 2020-03-06
2019 Chess Boughey, Yonatan Calahorra, Anuja Datta, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Coaxial Nickel–Poly(vinylidene fluoride trifluoroethylene) Nanowires for Magnetoelectric Applications
published pages: 170-179, ISSN: 2574-0970, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.8b01804
ACS Applied Nano Materials 2/1 2020-03-06
2018 Canlin Ou, Abhijeet Laxman Sangle, Anuja Datta, Qingshen Jing, Tommaso Busolo, Thomas Chalklen, Vijay Narayan, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Fully Printed Organic-Inorganic Nanocomposites for Flexible Thermoelectric Applications
published pages: , ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b01456
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2020-01-20
2018 Qingshen Jing, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Nanostructured polymer-based piezoelectric and triboelectric materials and devices for energy harvesting applications
published pages: 303001, ISSN: 0022-3727, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6463/aac827
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 51/30 2020-01-20
2018 Yonatan Calahorra, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Piezoelectricity in non-nitride III–V nanowires: Challenges and opportunities
published pages: 611-624, ISSN: 0884-2914, DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2018.29
Journal of Materials Research 33/06 2020-01-20
2018 Yeon Sik Choi, Sung Kyun Kim, Findlay Williams, Yonatan Calahorra, James A. Elliott, Sohini Kar-Narayan
The effect of crystal structure on the electromechanical properties of piezoelectric Nylon-11 nanowires
published pages: 6863-6866, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C8CC02530D
Chemical Communications 54/50 2020-01-20
2015 Sam Crossley, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Energy harvesting performance of piezoelectric ceramic and polymer nanowires
published pages: 344001, ISSN: 0957-4484, DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/26/34/344001
Nanotechnology 26/34 2020-01-20
2016 Francesca L Boughey, Timothy Davies, Anuja Datta, Richard A Whiter, Suman-Lata Sahonta, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Vertically aligned zinc oxide nanowires electrodeposited within porous polycarbonate templates for vibrational energy harvesting
published pages: 28LT02, ISSN: 0957-4484, DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/27/28/28LT02
Nanotechnology 27/28 2020-01-20
2018 Richard A. Whiter, Chess Boughey, Michael Smith, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Mechanical Energy Harvesting Performance of Ferroelectric Polymer Nanowires Grown via Template-Wetting
published pages: , ISSN: 2194-4288, DOI: 10.1002/ente.201700820
Energy Technology 2020-01-20
2017 Michael Smith, Yeon Sik Choi, Chess Boughey, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Controlling and assessing the quality of aerosol jet printed features for large area and flexible electronics
published pages: 15004, ISSN: 2058-8585, DOI: 10.1088/2058-8585/aa5af9
Flexible and Printed Electronics 2/1 2020-01-20
2017 Yonatan Calahorra, Michael Smith, Anuja Datta, Hadas Benisty, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Mapping piezoelectric response in nanomaterials using a dedicated non-destructive scanning probe technique
published pages: 19290-19297, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/C7NR06714C
Nanoscale 9/48 2020-01-20
2017 Anuja Datta, Pedro E. Sanchez-Jimenez, Rabih Al Rahal Al Orabi, Yonatan Calahorra, Canlin Ou, Suman-Lata Sahonta, Marco Fornari, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Lead-Free Polycrystalline Ferroelectric Nanowires with Enhanced Curie Temperature
published pages: 1701169, ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201701169
Advanced Functional Materials 27/29 2020-01-20
2017 Yeon Sik Choi, Qingshen Jing, Anuja Datta, Chess Boughey, Sohini Kar-Narayan
A triboelectric generator based on self-poled Nylon-11 nanowires fabricated by gas-flow assisted template wetting
published pages: 2180-2189, ISSN: 1754-5692, DOI: 10.1039/c7ee01292f
Energy & Environmental Science 10/10 2020-01-20
2017 Anuja Datta, Abhijeet Sangle, Nick Hardingham, Charles Cooper, Max Kraan, David Ritchie, Vijay Narayan, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Structure and Thermoelectric Properties of Bi2−xSbxTe3 Nanowires Grown in Flexible Nanoporous Polycarbonate Templates
published pages: 553, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma10050553
Materials 10/12 2020-01-20
2016 Tiesheng Wang, Meisam Farajollahi, Yeon Sik Choi, I-Ting Lin, Jean E. Marshall, Noel M. Thompson, Sohini Kar-Narayan, John D. W. Madden, Stoyan K. Smoukov
Electroactive polymers for sensing
published pages: 20160026, ISSN: 2042-8898, DOI: 10.1098/rsfs.2016.0026
Interface Focus 6/4 2020-01-20
2016 Richard A. Whiter, Yonatan Calahorra, Canlin Ou, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Observation of Confinement-Induced Self-Poling Effects in Ferroelectric Polymer Nanowires Grown by Template Wetting
published pages: 1016-1025, ISSN: 1438-7492, DOI: 10.1002/mame.201600135
Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 301/9 2020-01-20
2016 Anuja Datta, Yeon Sik Choi, Evie Chalmers, Canlin Ou, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Piezoelectric Nylon-11 Nanowire Arrays Grown by Template Wetting for Vibrational Energy Harvesting Applications
published pages: , ISSN: 1616-301X, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201604262
Advanced Functional Materials 2020-01-20
2016 Canlin Ou, Pedro E. Sanchez-Jimenez, Anuja Datta, Francesca L. Boughey, Richard A. Whiter, Suman-Lata Sahonta, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Template-Assisted Hydrothermal Growth of Aligned Zinc Oxide Nanowires for Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Applications
published pages: 13678-13683, ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b04041
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 8/22 2020-01-20
2016 Yonatan Calahorra, Richard A. Whiter, Qingshen Jing, Vijay Narayan, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Localized electromechanical interactions in ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) nanowires investigated by scanning probe microscopy
published pages: 116106, ISSN: 2166-532X, DOI: 10.1063/1.4967752
APL Materials 4/11 2020-01-20
2017 Michael Smith, Yonatan Calahorra, Qingshen Jing, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Direct observation of shear piezoelectricity in poly- l -lactic acid nanowires
published pages: 74105, ISSN: 2166-532X, DOI: 10.1063/1.4979547
APL Materials 5/7 2020-01-20
2017 Yonatan Calahorra, Xin Guan, Nripendra N Halder, Michael Smith, Shimon Cohen, Dan Ritter, Jose Penuelas, Sohini Kar-Narayan
Exploring piezoelectric properties of III–V nanowires using piezo-response force microscopy
published pages: 74006, ISSN: 0268-1242, DOI: 10.1088/1361-6641/aa6c85
Semiconductor Science and Technology 32/7 2020-01-20

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