Environment-resisted flexible high performance triboelectric nanogenerators based on ultrafast self-healing non-drying conductive organohydrogel

Long Biao Huang, Xingyi Dai, Zhenhua Sun, Man Chung Wong, Sin Yi Pang, Jiancheng Han, Qiuqun Zheng, Cheng Han Zhao, Jie Kong, Jianhua Hao

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Triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), a promising energy harvesting technique, has attracted intense research interests in recent years for its applicability in portable and wearable electronics. Self-powered sensors with high sensitivity based on TENG have been widely reported. However, for practical applications, the survivability of TENG in harsh working environments is a vital issue which must be addressed. Herein, we report a hydrophobic, icephobic, and ultrafast self-healing TENG with outstanding non-drying and non-freezing properties for energy harvesting and self-powered sensor. Due to the excellent environment resistance and conductive capability of organohydrogel, the TENG shows much better electrical output stability in a wide temperature range than conventional hydrogel-based TENG which suffers from being frozen at low temperature and dried at high temperature. Moreover, the ultrafast self-healing function enables the electrical output performance of the TENG rapidly restore without delay. The TENG in this work demonstrates an open-circuit voltage of 157 V, a short-circuit current of 16 µA, and a short-circuit charge of 29 nC. The maximum output power density reaches up to 710 mW m−2. This research might pave a new road for novel applications of TENG in harsh environments with reliable output performance and self-healing capability for practical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105724
JournalNano Energy
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • Environment-resisted
  • Non-drying
  • Organohydrogel
  • Self-healing
  • Triboelectric nanogenerators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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