My research project
Mechanical Energy Harvesting and Wearable Electronics
My research interests are on capturing motion energy from our surrounding, for example, using human motion, wind, waves and machine vibrations etc., to power electronic devices. I specialise in Triboelectric Nanogenerators (TENG), a novel energy harvesting technology which uses the static charging between materials surfaces, along with electrostatic induction caused by the movement of charged layers, to produce electricity. This technology is predicted to revolutionise the future of electronics by providing green, efficient and autonomous solutions for the power demands of next generation devices, which could find applications in personal electronics, communications, transportation, defence and industrial sectors. During the course of the research project, I introduced and developed the first analytical model to accurately describe TENG, along with optimisation techniques to construct efficient energy harvesters. Currently, the applications of this technology are being investigated with the design and construction of some exciting energy harvesting devices and architectures.
In the media
Energy Harvesting, Triboelectric Nanogenerators, Self-Powered Sensors, Wearable Electronics
Laboratory Demonstrator - Department of Electronics Engineering, University of Surrey