Technical University of Denmark researchers have found a new method to induce the piezoelectric effect in materials that are otherwise not piezoelectric. It can pave the way for new uses and more environmentally friendly materials. Piezoelectricity is used everywhere: Watches, cars, alarms, headphones, pickups for instruments, electric lighters and gas burners. One of the most […]

For years, researchers believed that the smaller the domain size in a ferroelectric crystal, the greater the piezoelectric properties of the material. However, recent findings by Penn State researchers have raised questions about this standard rule. Piezoelectricity is a material property where a crystal generates electrical charge under an applied mechanical force. This capability enables […]

Researchers at Dalian Maritime University, Marine Engineering College reported they have developed flexible power generators that mimic the way seaweed sways to efficiently convert surface and underwater waves into electricity to power marine-based devices. Ocean waves can be powerful, containing enough energy to push around sand, pebbles and even boulders during storms. These waves, as […]

Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… Scientists at the ARC Center of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies found stress enhances the properties of a promising material for future technologies. The researchers’ discovery of a new exotic state of a promising, room-temperature multiferroic material has exciting implications for future technologies using these enhanced properties. By combining a careful […]

Researchers from Switzerland are tapping into an unexpected energy source right under our feet – wood flooring. Their nanogenerator has been presented in the journal Matter. The nanogenerator enables wood to generate energy from our footfalls. The team also improved the wood used in the their nanogenerator with a combination of a silicone coating and […]

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