What is it about?

Piezoelectric devices generate electricity in response to mechanical stress. While it is well known that a single collagen fibre exhibits piezoelectricity, the researchers wanted to explore the electricity output from "a bunch of well aligned and self-assembled collagen fibres" in fish scales. For this, they collected fish scales from a fish processing market and made them transparent and flexible for their experiments. They created flexible bio-piezoelectric nanogenerators (BPNG), where the fish scales, composed of self-assembled and ordered collagen nano-fibrils, served as a "self-poled piezoelectric active component". They showed that these nano-generators can produce electricity by harvesting energy from sound vibrations, wind flow and even repeated tapping with a finger.

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Why is it important?

The piezoelectric device could be used to develop environmentally friendly, self-powered electronics with a wide range of applications.


The researchers hope their work will greatly impact the field of self-powered portable electronic devices, particularly medical devices such as a heart pacemaker, where they can continuously generate power from heartbeats.

Dr. Sujoy Kumar Ghosh
NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR,Pisa, Italy

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This page is a summary of: High-performance bio-piezoelectric nanogenerator made with fish scale, Applied Physics Letters, September 2016, American Institute of Physics, DOI: 10.1063/1.4961623.
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