Development of nanogenerators in wearable electronics

Chen Song, Xiaoming Tao, Songmin Shang

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This chapter reviews the progress of research development in soft and flexible electric generators for harvesting mechanical energy based on piezoelectric and triboelectric effects. In particular, it covers the operating principles, materials selection and synthesis, device structures, fabrication methods, and performance of two types of soft and flexible generators, that is, piezoelectric and triboelectric nanogenerators (PENGs and TENGs). Benchmark analysis is carried out for both PENGs and TENGs. Various applications of the technology for powering wearable or portable electronics are demonstrated. Towards this end, critical issues and great challenges of soft and flexible TENGs and PENGs are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Smart Textiles
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789814451451
ISBN (Print)9789814451444
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2015


  • Energy harvesting
  • Nanogenerator
  • Piezoelectric
  • Triboelectric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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