Spherical Micro/Nano Hierarchical Structures for Energy and Water Harvesting Devices

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Three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical structures have been explored for various applications owing to the synergistic effects of micro- and nanostructures. However, the development of spherical micro/nano hierarchical structures (S-HSs), which can be used as energy/water harvesting systems and sensing devices, remains challenging owing to the trade-off between structural complexity and fabrication difficulty. This paper presents a new strategy for facile, scalable S-HS fabrication using a thermal expansion of microspheres and nanopatterned structures. When a specific temperature is applied to a composite film of microspheres and elastomers with nanopatterned surfaces, microspheres are expanded and 3D spherical microstructures are generated. Various nanopatterns and densities of spherical microstructures can thereby be quantitatively controlled. The fabricated S-HSs have been used in renewable electrical energy harvesting and sustainable water management applications. Compared to a triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) with bare film, the S-HS-based TENG exhibited 4.48 times higher triboelectric performance with high mechanical durability. Furthermore, an S-HS is used as a water harvesting device to capture water in a fog environment. The water collection rate is dramatically enhanced by the increased surface area and locally concentrated vapor diffusion flux due to the spherical microstructures.
Publisher
WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
Issue Date
2022-07
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

SMALL METHODS, v.6, no.7

ISSN
2366-9608
DOI
10.1002/smtd.202200248
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/297436
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ME-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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