Paper-Based Origami Flexible and Foldable Thermoelectric Nanogenerator

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/621832
Title:
Paper-Based Origami Flexible and Foldable Thermoelectric Nanogenerator
Authors:
Rojas, Jhonathan Prieto ( 0000-0001-7848-1121 ) ; Conchouso Gonzalez, David ( 0000-0002-9788-0977 ) ; Carreno, Armando Arpys Arevalo ( 0000-0001-9446-3310 ) ; Singh, Devendra; Foulds, Ian G.; Hussain, Muhammad Mustafa ( 0000-0003-3279-0441 )
Abstract:
Paper has been an essential material in our daily life since ancient times. Its affordability, accessibility, adaptability, workability and its easiness of usage makes it an attractive structural material to develop many kind of technologies such as flexible electronics, energy storage and harvesting devices. Additionally, the scientific community has increased its interest on waste heat as an environmentally friendly energy source to support the increasing energy demand. Therefore, in this paper we described two affordable and flexible thermoelectric nanogenerators (TEGs) developed on paper substrates by the usage of simple micromachining and microfabrication techniques. Moreover, they exhibit mechanical stability and adaptability (through folding and cutting techniques) for a diverse set of scenarios where vertical or horizontal schemes can be conveniently used depending on the final application. The first TEG device, implemented on standard paper, generated a power of 0.5 nW (ΔT = 50 K). By changing the substrate to a tearless and extra-smooth polyester paper, the TEG performance was optimized achieving less internal resistance and a greater power of ~80 nW (ΔT = 75 K), at the cost of more rigidity in the substrate. This power represented over three times higher power production than the standard paper–based TEG with same dimensions, number of thermoelectric pairs and temperature difference. Another interesting aspect of paper based TEG is due to its foldability, one can control the temperature difference by unfolding (larger separation between hot and cold ends) and folding (smaller separation). Finally, one of the underlying objectives of this work is to spread the availability of essential technologies to the broad population by inclusion of everyday materials and simple processes.
KAUST Department:
Integrated Disruptive Electronic Applications (IDEA) Lab; Integrated Nanotechnology Lab; Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division; Electromechanical Microsystems & Polymer Integration Research (EMPIRE) Lab, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal 23955, Saudi Arabia
Citation:
Rojas JP, Conchouso D, Arevalo A, Singh D, Foulds IG, et al. (2016) Paper-Based Origami Flexible and Foldable Thermoelectric Nanogenerator. Nano Energy. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.11.012.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Nano Energy
Issue Date:
12-Nov-2016
DOI:
10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.11.012
Type:
Article
ISSN:
2211-2855
Sponsors:
We thank John H. Belk, Technical Fellow, Boeing Research and Development for the useful discussion to materialize this research work. This publication is based upon work supported by The Boeing Company under Award No. 2014-091-1.
Additional Links:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211285516304906
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Articles; Integrated Nanotechnology Lab; Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorRojas, Jhonathan Prietoen
dc.contributor.authorConchouso Gonzalez, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorCarreno, Armando Arpys Arevaloen
dc.contributor.authorSingh, Devendraen
dc.contributor.authorFoulds, Ian G.en
dc.contributor.authorHussain, Muhammad Mustafaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-17T09:00:08Z-
dc.date.available2016-11-17T09:00:08Z-
dc.date.issued2016-11-12en
dc.identifier.citationRojas JP, Conchouso D, Arevalo A, Singh D, Foulds IG, et al. (2016) Paper-Based Origami Flexible and Foldable Thermoelectric Nanogenerator. Nano Energy. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.11.012.en
dc.identifier.issn2211-2855en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.11.012en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/621832-
dc.description.abstractPaper has been an essential material in our daily life since ancient times. Its affordability, accessibility, adaptability, workability and its easiness of usage makes it an attractive structural material to develop many kind of technologies such as flexible electronics, energy storage and harvesting devices. Additionally, the scientific community has increased its interest on waste heat as an environmentally friendly energy source to support the increasing energy demand. Therefore, in this paper we described two affordable and flexible thermoelectric nanogenerators (TEGs) developed on paper substrates by the usage of simple micromachining and microfabrication techniques. Moreover, they exhibit mechanical stability and adaptability (through folding and cutting techniques) for a diverse set of scenarios where vertical or horizontal schemes can be conveniently used depending on the final application. The first TEG device, implemented on standard paper, generated a power of 0.5 nW (ΔT = 50 K). By changing the substrate to a tearless and extra-smooth polyester paper, the TEG performance was optimized achieving less internal resistance and a greater power of ~80 nW (ΔT = 75 K), at the cost of more rigidity in the substrate. This power represented over three times higher power production than the standard paper–based TEG with same dimensions, number of thermoelectric pairs and temperature difference. Another interesting aspect of paper based TEG is due to its foldability, one can control the temperature difference by unfolding (larger separation between hot and cold ends) and folding (smaller separation). Finally, one of the underlying objectives of this work is to spread the availability of essential technologies to the broad population by inclusion of everyday materials and simple processes.en
dc.description.sponsorshipWe thank John H. Belk, Technical Fellow, Boeing Research and Development for the useful discussion to materialize this research work. This publication is based upon work supported by The Boeing Company under Award No. 2014-091-1.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211285516304906en
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Nano Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Nano Energy, 12 November 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2016.11.012.en
dc.subjectFlexibleen
dc.subjectfoldableen
dc.subjectthermoelectric nanogeneratoren
dc.subjectpaperen
dc.subjectwaste heaten
dc.titlePaper-Based Origami Flexible and Foldable Thermoelectric Nanogeneratoren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentIntegrated Disruptive Electronic Applications (IDEA) Laben
dc.contributor.departmentIntegrated Nanotechnology Laben
dc.contributor.departmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentElectromechanical Microsystems & Polymer Integration Research (EMPIRE) Lab, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal 23955, Saudi Arabiaen
dc.identifier.journalNano Energyen
dc.eprint.versionPost-printen
dc.contributor.institutionThe University of British Columbia, School of Engineering, Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 1V7, Canadaen
kaust.authorRojas, Jhonathan Prietoen
kaust.authorConchouso Gonzalez, Daviden
kaust.authorCarreno, Armando Arpys Arevaloen
kaust.authorSingh, Devendraen
kaust.authorFoulds, Ian G.en
kaust.authorHussain, Muhammad Mustafaen
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