Science and Tech

Innovative human skin-like triboelectric nanogenerator relies on friction to generate power

As part of a new project, scientists at China’s National Center for Nanoscience and Technology have developed an innovative triboelectric nanogenerator called STENG that is just as flexible as human skin. Like other triboelectric devices, the contraption produces electricity as a result of friction between two different materials. A paper describing its potential uses has recently…

Flexible sodium-ion battery electrodes made from sugar cubes: A major step towards stretchable electronics

Taking a step towards stretchable electronics, scientists from the University of Texas at Austin have designed incredibly flexible battery electrodes from plain old sugar cubes. The electrodes, according to the team, are being developed for use in newly-built, bendable sodium-ion batteries. The findings of the research were recently published in the Advanced Materials journal. (more…)