The pyramid patterns created in a polymer sheet increase current production in the new triboelectric generator (Image: Zhong Lin Wang)
The fabrication process for the triboelectric nanogenerators and pressure sensors (Image: Zhong Lin Wang)
The new high-output, flexible and transparent trioboelectric nanogenerator produced from transparent polymer materials is sensitive enough to detect contact with a feather (Image: Zhong Lin Wang)
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have taken advantage of the triboelectric effect, which sees an electric charge generated through friction between two different materials, to develop a generator that could supplement power produced by piezoelectric nanogenerators previously developed at Georgia Tech. The triboelectric generator could be used to produce electricity from activities such as walking and even has the potential to create touchscreens that generate their own power.
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