Piezoelectric Ribbons Printed onto Rubber for Flexible Energy Conversion (Energy Harvesting & Storage USA 2010)

Prof Michael C McAlpine, Department of MAE
Princeton University
United States
Nov 17, 2010.

Presentation Summary

  • The development of a method for integrating highly efficient energy conversion materials onto stretchable, biocompatible rubbers could yield breakthroughs in implantable or wearable energy harvesting systems.
  • We present a scalable and parallel process for transferring crystalline piezoelectric ribbons of lead zirconate titanate (PZT) from host substrates onto flexible rubbers over macroscopic areas.
  • Fundamental characterization of the ribbons by piezo-force microscopy (PFM) indicates that their electromechanical energy conversion metrics are among the highest reported on a flexible medium.

Speaker Biography (Michael C McAlpine)

Professor McAlpine began his appointment as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Princeton in 2008, and is an associated faculty member with the Princeton Department of Chemistry and the Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM). He received a B.S. with honors in Chemistry from Brown University in 2000, an M.A. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 2002, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 2006. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Nature, Nature Materials, Journal of the American Chemical Society, and Proceedings of the IEEE. He has given talks at several universities and conferences, most notably an invitation to speak to the prestigious JASONs Defense Advisory Group. He has received a number of awards, most prominently an Air Force Young Investigator Award, an Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award, and an American Asthma Foundation Early Excellence Award.

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