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NANOGEN Report Summary

Project ID: 639526
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - NANOGEN (Polymer-based piezoelectric nanogenerators for energy harvesting)

Reporting period: 2015-04-01 to 2016-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

NANOGEN aims to bring polymer-based piezoelectric nanogenerators to the forefront of mechanical energy harvesting technologies, as there is a huge demand for self-powered or autonomous devices in portable, wearable, embedded and implantable applications that require wireless sensing that this technology can directly address. This energy harvesting technology can be made low-cost and scalable, and the use of polymers makes it green, eco-friendly and biocompatible, with potential applications in diverse fields such as health, early-fault detection systems and resource management, to name a few. The first part of the project was designed to identify suitable piezoelectric polymers whose properties could be enhanced via nanostructuring methods, and implementation of advanced nano-charaterization tools in this context. The next part is aimed at incorporating these into scalable nanaogenerator devices that are capable of generating electricity from ubiquitous vibrations in the ambient environment, with a focus on long operating lifetime that requires minimal human intervention.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

NANOGEN aims to bring polymer-based piezoelectric nanogenerators to the forefront of mechanical energy harvesting technologies, as there is a huge demand for self-powered or autonomous devices in portable, wearable, embedded and implantable applications that require wireless sensing that this technology can directly address. This energy harvesting technology can be made low-cost and scalable, and the use of polymers makes it green, eco-friendly and biocompatible, with potential applications in diverse fields such as health, early-fault detection systems and resource management, to name a few. The first part of the project was designed to identify suitable piezoelectric polymers whose properties could be enhanced via nanostructuring methods, and implementation of advanced nano-charaterization tools in this context. The next part is aimed at incorporating these into scalable nanaogenerator devices that are capable of generating electricity from ubiquitous vibrations in the ambient environment, with a focus on long operating lifetime that requires minimal human intervention.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

NANOGEN has delivered impressive results both in terms of materials discovery and development in the field of piezoelectric nanomaterials as well as implementation of novel microscopy techniques in measuring nanoscale properties of these materials. Additionally, we have also shown improved nanogenerator performance in terms of fatigue performance in polymer-ceramic nanocomposite energy harvesting devices. We will continue to explore ways by which these can be incorporated into real-world applications such as wearable technology, structural as well as health monitoring under a range of different operating conditions.
Record Number: 193713 / Last updated on: 2017-01-24