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Harvesting triboelectricity from the human body using non-electrode triboelectric nanogenerators
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2873-7875
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9137-3440
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Natural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4376-2676
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2018 (English)In: Nano Energy, ISSN 2211-2855, E-ISSN 2211-3282, Vol. 45, p. 298-303Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Triboelectrification has been known and discussed since antiquity. Triboelectrification occurs in the human body due to friction between human skin and other materials such as clothing. However, charges on the body have not been harvested to power small electronics. Here, we report for the first time that the electricity generated on the human body due to triboelectrification can be measured and harvested using human body-based non-electrode triboelectric nanogenerators (H-TENGs). The H-TENGs can have an output of up to 3.3 W/m(2) and can spontaneously harvest energy from several people. The functions of the human body in the H-TENGs are analyzed and experimentally proven to be those of a triboelectric material, conductor and capacitor. Our results demonstrate that the triboelectricity generated on a human body can be harvested using H-TENGs and provide scientific insights into body functions that will promote further studies of TENGs.

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2018. Vol. 45, p. 298-303
Keywords [en]
Human body, Non-electrode TENG, Mechanisms, Charges
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Medical Biotechnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33301DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2017.12.053ISI: 000425396400033Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85043782783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-33301DiVA, id: diva2:1191483
Available from: 2018-03-19 Created: 2018-03-19 Last updated: 2018-03-28Bibliographically approved

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Zhang, RenyunÖrtegren, JonasHummelgård, MagnusOlsen, MartinAndersson, HenrikOlin, Håkan

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