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Solution blow spun piezoelectric nanofibers membrane for energy harvesting applications

Omran, Nada; Elnabawy, Eman; Le, Bao; Trabelsi, Mohamed; Gamal, Mohammed; Kandas, Ishac; Hassanin, Ahmed H.; Shyha, Islam; Shehata, Nader


Nada Omran

Bao Le

Mohamed Trabelsi

Mohammed Gamal

Ishac Kandas

Ahmed H. Hassanin

Nader Shehata


Energy harvesting systems have benefited from the use of one-dimensional nanostructures such as nanofibers. For example, the conversion of mechanical energy to electrical energy has paved the way for nanofibers to be used in a wide range of applications. PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride) has long been regarded as a promising material for piezoelectric applications. Furthermore, the solution blow spinning (SBS) technique, with its simple setup, can mass-produce nanofibers with the required properties for applications needing great flexibility while also attaining high piezoelectricity. The aim of this research is to investigate how electric voltage can be generated from flexible piezoelectric materials such as SBS PVDF nanofibers. Meanwhile, the nanofibers mats have been integrated into a basic setup that stimulates the generation of DC voltage under mechanical pressure produced by footsteps. The work followed a morphological characterization using SEM and studying the β-phase of the fabricated fibers using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), and it was found that β phase content for solution blow spun nanofibers reached 80% and the β-crystalline phase was enhanced due to the transformation from α to β phases. Our manufactured SBS nanofibers can create electric voltage under the influence of mechanical stresses, to simulate the foot step pressure, with varying amplitude and vibrational frequency, according to piezoelectric analysis.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 21, 2022
Online Publication Date Jul 25, 2022
Publication Date 2022-10
Deposit Date Nov 29, 2022
Journal Reactive and Functional Polymers
Print ISSN 1381-5148
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 179
Article Number 105365
Keywords Nanofibers, Solution blow spinning, Piezoelectricity, Foot step generation, Energy harvesting
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