Human body heat energy harvesting using flexible thermoelectric generator for autonomous microsystems

Sung Eun Jo, Myoung Soo Kim, Min Ki Kim, Hong Lae Kim, Yong Jun Kim

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Abstract

This paper reports on a thermoelectric generator (TEG) used for converting human body heat energy to electrical energy. The proposed TEG was composed of a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate and thermocouples. The use of PDMS provides flexibility to the TEG and low thermal conductivity that helps minimize losses in the effective heat flowing through the thermocouples. The proposed TEG was fabricated by simple dispenser printing for thermoelectric materials. The fabricated TEG was attached to the human body and generated electrical power of 50 nW when the temperature difference between the human body and ambient air was 7 °C.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2012
PublisherChemical and Biological Microsystems Society
Pages839-841
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780979806452
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1
Event16th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2012 - Okinawa, Japan
Duration: 2012 Oct 282012 Nov 1

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 16th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2012

Other

Other16th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2012
CountryJapan
CityOkinawa
Period12/10/2812/11/1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Bioengineering

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    Jo, S. E., Kim, M. S., Kim, M. K., Kim, H. L., & Kim, Y. J. (2012). Human body heat energy harvesting using flexible thermoelectric generator for autonomous microsystems. In Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2012 (pp. 839-841). (Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2012). Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society.