Multifunctional Water Drop Energy Harvesting and Human Motion Sensor Based on Flexible Dual-Mode Nanogenerator Incorporated with Polymer Nanotubes

Long Biao Huang, Wei Xu, Chenghan Zhao, Yong Liang Zhang, Kai Leung Yung, Dongfeng Diao, Kin Hung Fung, Jianhua Hao

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In the world of increasing energy consumption, nanogenerators have shown great potential for energy harvesting and self-powered portable electronics. Herein, a flexible and dual-mode triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) combining both vertical contact-separation and single electrical modes has been developed to convert environmental mechanical energy into electricity using highly encapsulated and multifunctional strategies. By introducing the polymer melt wetting technique, polymer nanotubes are fabricated on the surface of the TENG, which provides self-cleaning and hydrophobic features beneficial for water drop energy harvesting using the device. In such mechanical energy harvesting, the maximum output power of 0.025 mW and the open-circuit voltage of 41 V can be achieved. By designing the dimensions of the device, the dual-mode TENG is utilized as a self-powered sensor to detect human body motions such as phalanges' movement of fingers. The fabricated dual-mode TENG promotes the development of energy-harvesting and self-powered human motion sensors for artificial intelligent prosthetics, human kinematics, and human body recovery treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24030-24038
Number of pages9
JournalACS applied materials & interfaces
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2020


  • mechanical energy harvesting
  • polymer nanotubes
  • self-powered sensing
  • triboelectric nanogenerator
  • water drop

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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