Muscle-driven in vivo nanogenerator

Zhou Li, Guang Zhu, Rusen Yang, Aurelia C. Wang, Zhong Lin Wang

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(Figure Presented) A nanogenerator based on a single piezoelectric fine wire producing an alternating current (AC) is successfully used for the harvesting of biomechanical energy under in vivo conditions. We demonstrate the implanting and working of such a nanogenerator in a live rat where it harvests energy generated by its breathing or heart beating. This study shows the potential of applying these nanogenerators for driving in vivo nanodevices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2534-2537
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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