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Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

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There is lots of energy available from the motion of the human body that we are now learning to capture it, to generate power for medical implants, removing the need for batteries. Previous materials were either too rigid or too inefficient to be practical as pliable power generators. One approach to produce practical devices is being investigated by Yi Qi and Michael McAlpine of Princeton University.  They have have developed a way to soften up one of the most efficient piezoelectric materials known, crystal lead-zirconate-titanate (PZT), which is usually inflexible. But he and Qi found that when an extremely thin film of the ceramic is grown on a solid substrate and cut into strips about 5 micrometres thick, the resulting material can flex ( ). These "nanoribbons" are like fibre-optic cable made using glass, says McAlpine. Being long and thin, they can still bend despite being made of a material that is rigid in bulk. The strips were attached to conducting silicone rubber to produce a flexible sheet that converts motion to electricity about half as well as traditional, rigid PZT (Nano Letters, DOI: 10.1021/nl903377u).

Chieh Chang and Liwei Lin of the University of California at Berkeley took a different approach. They created piezoelectric fibres from PolyVinyliDine Fluoride (PVDF, a thermoplastic fluoropolymer also known as KYNAR®. The researchers spun this into fibres by drawing the molten material through a nozzle using a strong electric field, creating a material in which the charged domains were aligned, providing them with unique properties(Nano Letters, DOI: 10.1021/nl9040719). Various applications are being investigated, including medical devices and textiles that contain wearable electronics.