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 […]

University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) researchers reported progress on a novel form of a new plastic at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The plastic has been used in filters and tubing, but also has an unusual trait: it can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This […]

Scientists at the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (CIMAV) have developed a device that fits inside a pair of shoes that harvests the energy made available when someone walks. This energy is then stored in AAA or watch batteries. The team designed a pill-shaped cylinder adapted to a shoe in order to store the […]

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