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Harvesting energy via aligned porosity pyroelectrics

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city: BATH
postcode: BA2 7AY

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-10   to  2018-06-09


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF BATH UK (BATH) coordinator 195˙454.00


 Project objective

Energy harvesting continues to receive increasing amounts of industrial and academic interest since it provides a route for the realisation of autonomous and self-powered low-power electronic devices. Pyroelectric materials, the focus of this proposal, are of interest since under the correct conditions they have the ability to operate with a high thermodynamic efficiency for converting temperature fluctuations into useable electrical power. To improve the power generation capability of these materials, the improvement and optimisation of the pyroelectric properties and relevant figure of merits are imperative for expanding the field of applications. In this proposal we will examine pyroelectric ceramics with tailored porosity since they have the potential to exhibit high mechanical strength and performance figures of merit by maintaining a high pyroelectric coefficient with a reduced permittivity and volume specific heat. To date, reports on the porous pyroelectric ceramics are limited due to poor control of pore size and mechanical properties. This research will focus on the development of aligned porous pyroelectric ceramics with readily adjustable pyroelectric properties. The Fellowship will allow me develop professional maturity in terms of leading knowledge transfer to a new institution, gaining experience of a boarder range of skill sets (modelling, energy, harvesting systems) for thermal energy harvesting applications. In addition, the fellowship will contribute to the strengthening of the European energy harvesting research community to the establishment of a long-term collaboration between the host and the applicant's country. By expanding my research and academic training, supported by Prof. Bowen and University of Bath, this fellowship will be a key step in the applicant’s career development, as the applicant aims to take a leadership role and build a better platform for energy harvesting applications upon returning to her home country.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Chao Chen, Yan Zhang, Jing Zeng, Fuqiang Zhang, Kechao Zhou, Chris R. Bowen, Dou Zhang
Aligned macroporous TiO 2 /chitosan/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) composites for photocatalytic applications
published pages: 170-176, ISSN: 0169-4332, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2017.02.137
Applied Surface Science 424 2019-06-13
2018 Mengying Xie, Yan Zhang, Marcin J. Kraśny, Andrew Rhead, Chris Bowen, Mustafa Arafa
Energy harvesting from coupled bending-twisting oscillations in carbon-fibre reinforced polymer laminates
published pages: 429-438, ISSN: 0888-3270, DOI: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2018.01.026
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing 107 2019-06-13
2017 Yan Zhang, Mengying Xie, James Roscow, Yinxiang Bao, Kechao Zhou, Dou Zhang, Chris R. Bowen
Enhanced pyroelectric and piezoelectric properties of PZT with aligned porosity for energy harvesting applications
published pages: 6569-6580, ISSN: 2050-7488, DOI: 10.1039/c7ta00967d
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5/14 2019-06-13
2017 Yan Zhang, Mengying Xie, Vana Adamaki, Hamideh Khanbareh, Chris R. Bowen
Control of electro-chemical processes using energy harvesting materials and devices
published pages: 7757-7786, ISSN: 0306-0012, DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00387K
Chemical Society Reviews 46/24 2019-06-13
2018 Christopher R. Bowen, Vitaly Yu. Topolov, Yan Zhang, Alexander A. Panich
1-3-Type Composites Based on Ferroelectrics: Electromechanical Coupling, Figures of Merit, and Piezotechnical Energy-Harvesting Applications
published pages: 813-828, ISSN: 2194-4288, DOI: 10.1002/ente.201700623
Energy Technology 6/5 2019-06-13
2018 Yan Zhang, James Roscow, Mengying Xie, Chris Bowen
High piezoelectric sensitivity and hydrostatic figures of merit in unidirectional porous ferroelectric ceramics fabricated by freeze casting
published pages: 4203-4211, ISSN: 0955-2219, DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2018.04.067
Journal of the European Ceramic Society 38/12 2019-06-13
2019 Yan Zhang, Chris R. Bowen, Sylvain Deville
Ice-templated poly(vinylidene fluoride) ferroelectrets
published pages: , ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/C8SM02160K
Soft Matter 8 2019-05-09

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