© Pint of Science, 2019. All rights reserved.
Our society is buying, using and discarding materials at a rapid and unsustainable pace. As natural resources are running out, we need to seek new materials and more efficient processes to reduce our footprint. On our second night of “Tech me out”, we will explore how scientists design and develop new materials for energy harvesting or even for tissue regeneration! Come and join us to learn what chemistry and engineering can do to improve our future!
Novel Energy Materials: From Materials Design to Realisation in a Range of Energy Harvesting Applications
Embedded sensor systems used in our daily lives are powered by batteries, which need to be recharged or replaced, thus pollute the environment once thrown away. The environment offers several forms of energy to be converted, such as solar power, wind energy and vibrations. Here we focus on harvesting mechanical and thermal energy using ferroelectric materials. I will introduce new materials with outstanding pressure sensing capabilities for touch sensing, large area flexible devices for artificial skin and porous ceramics for the next generation of energy harvesters.