Thursday, April 16, 2020

Untwisting Plastics for Charging Internet of Things (IoT) devices

According to a report, the untwisting chain of atoms within a plastic polymer improves the ability to conduct electricity. The insight can help speed up the development of wearable power sources for a large number of Internet-of-things (IoT) devices. 
Untwisting plastics
Untwisting plastics for charging internet-of-things devices. Image Credit: Takenobu Group

Untwisting Plastics for Charging Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Modern and Smart society is expected to include a large number of electronic devices that are connected via the Internet-of-things (IoT).

Researchers are looking for ways to use body heat to charge certain types of microscopic devices and sensors. But it requires a non-toxic, lightweight, wearable and flexible thermoelectric generator.

Conducting polymers such as plastics can meet this requirement, but their thermoelectric performance needs to be improved.

According to a report, conducted by researchers at Nagoya University, led by applied physicist Hisaaki Tanaka, and published in the journal Science Advances, the untwisting chain of atoms within a plastic polymer improves the ability to conduct electricity. The insight can help speed up the development of wearable power sources for a large number of Internet-of-things (IoT) devices. 

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