Energy Harvesting Based on PZT Nanofibers

Xi Chen, Nan Yao, Yong Shi

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Energy harvesting technologies that are engineered to miniature sizes, while increasing the power delivered to wireless electronics [1, 2], portable devices, stretchable electronics [3] and implantable bio-sensors [4, 5] are strongly desired. Piezoelectric nanowire- and fiber-based generators have potential uses for powering such devices through conversion of mechanical energy into electrical energy [6]. However, the piezoelectric voltage constants of the semiconductor piezoelectric nanowires of the reported nanogenerators [7-12] are low. Here we introduce a piezoelectric nanogenerator based on lead zirconate titanate (PZT) nanofibers [13]. The PZT nanofibers, with diameters and lengths of approximately 60 nm and 500 μm, respectively, were aligned on interdigitated electrodes of platinum fine wires and packaged using a soft polymer on a silicon substrate. The measured output voltage and power under periodic stress applications to the soft polymer were 1.63 V and 0.03 μW, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnergy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Through Nanotechnology
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780857296375
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameGreen Energy and Technology
ISSN (Print)1865-3529
ISSN (Electronic)1865-3537

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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