Robust thin-film generator based on segmented contact-electrification for harvesting wind energy

Xian Song Meng, Guang Zhu, Zhong Lin Wang

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Collecting and converting energy from ambient air flow promise to be a viable approach in developing self-powered autonomous electronics. Here, we report an effective and robust triboelectric generator that consists of an undulating thin-film membrane and an array of segmented fine-sized electrode pairs on a single substrate. Sequential processes of contact electrification and electrostatic induction generate alternating flows of free electrons when the membrane interacts with ambient air flow. Based on an optimum rational design, the segmented electrodes play an essential role in boosting the output current, leading to an enhancement of over 500% compared to the structure without the segmentation. The thin-film based generator can simultaneously and continuously light up tens of commercial light-emitting diodes. Moreover, it possesses exceptional durability, providing constant electric output after millions of operation cycles. This work offers a truly practical solution that opens the avenue to take advantage of wind energy by using the triboelectric effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8011-8016
Number of pages6
JournalACS applied materials & interfaces
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • energy harvesting
  • self-powered electronics
  • triboelectric effect
  • wind energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)


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