Today’s natural electronic elements use very skinny carbon-based mostly semiconductor layers — about 1,000 times thinner than the average human hair. “Because they’re so skinny, you want nearly atomically flat substrates the place the surface is all the way down to a nanometer,” explained Bernard Kippelen, director of COPE and a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Researchers led by Baratunde Cola, an affiliate professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Mechanical Engineering, have developed the primary recognized optical rectenna — a know-how that might be more efficient than right now’s solar cells and cheaper. Powered by foot tapping, it generated enough alternating present to power banks of LEDs. Yet researchers led by Zhong Lin Wang, a Regents Professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Materials Science and Engineering, have created novel triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) that mix the triboelectric impact and electrostatic induction.
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