Boosting current output of triboelectric nanogenerator by two orders of magnitude via hindering interfacial charge recombination

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Original languageEnglish
Article number106315
Journal / PublicationNano Energy
Volume89
Issue numberPart A
Publication statusAccepted/In press/Filed - 6 Jul 2021

Abstract

The performance of triboelectric nanogenerator is limited by interfacial charge losses due to alternate charge transfer. This is usually suppressed by addition of electron blocking, electron transporting layers or through external excitation. However, these approaches screen only electrons from the interface while the unstable positive charges remain. Herein, we report a stable tribopositive layer with an overall positive surface and embedded magnetic active negative centers for stabilizing positive charges to prevent cation recombination with anion of counterpart. Besides, a counterpart with high electron delocalization density is used for screening interfacial negative charges, leading to enhanced charge accumulation of 11 nC with short circuit current of 0.8 µA, increasing to 54 nC and 17.4 µA by staking 4 units of 2.25 cm2 device in alternate layered structure, with an enhancement rate of 15.1 nC and 5.6 µA per unit. Further, the embedded negative centers in response to magnetic field form skewed charge transporting channels, causing homogeneous distribution of potential on the tribopositive layer, effectively transporting charges to electrode via hindering bulk losses. The single unit shows 15,900% enhancement reaching 4.8 µA, 208 µC m−2 and 1.66 W m−2 and demonstrating the highest enhancement capacity compared to previously reported strategies and thus a promising potential for wearable electronics with high power demand.

Research Area(s)

  • Bulk losses, Interfacial current losses, Negative transporting channels, Positive charge screening, Triboelectric nanogenerator

Citation Format(s)

Boosting current output of triboelectric nanogenerator by two orders of magnitude via hindering interfacial charge recombination. / Firdous, Irum; Fahim, Muhammad; Wang, Lingyun; Li, Wen Jung; Zi, Yunlong; Daoud, Walid A.

In: Nano Energy, Vol. 89, No. Part A, 106315, 11.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review