PIEZOFLEX – High-performance piezoelectric flexible materials enabled by hierarchically porous graphite for application as mechanical energy harvesters and sensors

Summary

Title

High-performance piezoelectric flexible materials enabled by hierarchically porous graphite for application as mechanical energy harvesters and sensors

Reference

UTA-EXPL/NPN/0015/2019

Scientific Area Nanotechnologies
Funding (PT) 50 000,00 EUR
Funding (US) 50 000,00 USD
Leading Institutions University of Aveiro

Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering, UT Austin

Duration 12 months
Start date November 1, 2020
End date October 31, 2021
Keywords

Nanogenerator, Barium titanate, Sensor, Graphene

 

Piezoelectric materials have an impressive capacity to perform conversions from mechanical stresses into electric voltages and vice versa. These materials must be sufficiently thinner and resistant to be deformed, counteracting the weaknesses of inorganic metal oxides.

PIEZOFLEX aims at exploring an original paradigm in the design and scalable fabrication of high-performance piezoelectric flexible materials enabled by hierarchically porous graphite.

The project will inspire advances in the concept, design, and fabrication of functional flexible and stretchable materials for wearable electronics and energy harvesting and, simultaneously, in the research for more novel functional materials.

Key Outcomes

  • Two laboratory prototypes;
  • Scientific production (one M.Sc. thesis; one paper in an international journal, two communications in international and national meetings);
  • A webinar/conference.

Project Team

Paula Ferreira

Principal Investigator in Portugal (IMM/FM/ULisboa)
ImmuneNanoVac

Donglei (Emma) Fan

Principal Investigator in Portugal (IMM/FM/ULisboa)
ImmuneNanoVac