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Stacked mechanical nanogenerator comprising piezoelectric semiconducting nanostructures and Schottky conductive contacts

United States Patent

August 23, 2011
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An electric power generator includes a first conductive layer, a plurality of semiconducting piezoelectric nanostructures, a second conductive layer and a plurality of conductive nanostructures. The first conductive layer has a first surface from which the semiconducting piezoelectric nanostructures extend. The second conductive layer has a second surface and is parallel to the first conductive layer so that the second surface faces the first surface of the first conductive layer. The conductive nanostructures depend downwardly therefrom. The second conductive layer is spaced apart from the first conductive layer at a distance so that when a force is applied, the semiconducting piezoelectric nanostructures engage the conductive nanostructures so that the piezoelectric nanostructures bend, thereby generating a potential difference across the at semiconducting piezoelectric nanostructures and also thereby forming a Schottky barrier between the semiconducting piezoelectric nanostructures and the conductive nanostructures.
Wang; Zhong L. (Marietta, GA), Xu; Sheng (Atlanta, GA)
Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
12/ 338,131
December 18, 2008
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with support from the U.S. Government under grant number DE-FG02-07ER46394 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government may have certain rights in the invention.