Self-Healing Materials for Next-Generation Energy Harvesting and Storage Devices

Dongdong Chen, Dongrui Wang, Yu Yang, Qiyao Huang, Shijin Zhu, Zijian Zheng

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KGaA, Weinheim. Because of the great breakthroughs of self-healing materials in the past decade, endowing devices with self-healing ability has emerged as a particularly promising route to effectively enhance the device durability and functionality. This article summarizes recent advances in self-healing materials developed for energy harvesting and storage devices (e.g., nanogenerators, solar cells, supercapacitors, and lithium-ion batteries) over the past decade. This review first introduces the main self-healing mechanisms among different materials including insulators, electrical conductors, semiconductors, and ionic conductors. Then, the basic concepts, fabrication techniques, and healing performances of the newly developed self-healing energy harvesting (nanogenerators and solar cells) and storage (supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries) devices are described in detail. Finally, the existing challenges and promising solutions of self-healing materials and devices are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Energy Materials
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2017


  • Electronic devices
  • Energy harvesting
  • Energy storage
  • Self-healing
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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