Mechanically Robust Silver Nanowires Network for Triboelectric Nanogenerators

Hyungseok Kang, Han Kim, Seongsu Kim, Hyeon Jin Shin, Siuk Cheon, Ji Hyeok Huh, Dong Yun Lee, Seungwoo Lee, Sang Woo Kim, Jeong Ho Cho

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The authors develop a mechanically robust silver nanowires (AgNWs) electrode platform for use in flexible and stretchable triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs). The embedding of an AgNWs network into a photocurable or thermocurable polymeric matrix dramatically enhances the mechanical robustness of the flexible and stretchable TENG electrodes while maintaining a highly efficient triboelectric performance. The AgNWs/polymeric matrix electrode is fabricated in four steps: (i) the AgNWs networks are formed on a hydrophobic glass substrate; (ii) a laminating photocurable or thermocurable prepolymer film is applied to the developed AgNWs network; (iii) the polymeric matrix is crosslinked by UV exposure or thermal treatment; and (iv) the AgNWs-embedded polymeric matrix is delaminated from the glass substrate. The AgNWs-embedded polymeric matrix electrodes with four different sheet resistances, controlled by varying the AgNWs network deposition density, are deployed in TENG devices. The authors find that the potential difference between the two contact surfaces of the AgNWs network-embedded polymer matrix electrodes and the nylon (or perfluoroalkoxy alkane) governs the output triboelectric performances of the devices, rather than the sheet resistance. Both Kelvin probe force microscopy and numerical simulations strongly support these observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7717-7724
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number42
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 8
Externally publishedYes

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  • sheet resistance
  • silver nanowires
  • triboelectric nanogenerators
  • triboelectric potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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