Textile-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerators for Self-Powered Wearable Electronics

Sung Soo Kwak, Hong Joon Yoon, Sang Woo Kim

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Wearable smart electronic devices based on wireless systems use batteries as a power source. However, recent miniaturization and various functions have increased energy consumption, resulting in problems such as reduction of use time and frequent charging. These factors hinder the development of wearable electronic devices. In order to solve this energy problem, research studies on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) are conducted based on the coupling of contact-electrification and electrostatic induction effects for harvesting the vast amounts of biomechanical energy generated from wearer movement. The development of TENGs that use a variety of structures and materials based on the textile platform is reviewed, including the basic components of fibers, yarns, and fabrics made using various weaving and knitting techniques. These textile-based TENGs are lightweight, flexible, highly stretchable, and wearable, so that they can effectively harvest biomechanical energy without interference with human motion, and can be used as activity sensors to monitor human motion. Also, the main application of wearable self-powered systems is demonstrated and the directions of future development of textile-based TENG for harvesting biomechanical energy presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1804533
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 10

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors acknowledge financial support from the Center for Advanced Soft Electronics (CASE) under the Global Frontier Research Program (2013M3A6A5073177) through the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT, and the Industrial Strategic Technology Development Program (10052668, Development of wearable self-powered energy source and low-power wireless communication system for a pacemaker) and the Technology Innovation Program (10065730, Flexible power module and system development for wearable devices) funded by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE, Korea).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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