Ultrasound-mediated triboelectric nanogenerator for powering on-demand transient electronics

Dong Min Lee, Najaf Rubab, Inah Hyun, Wooseok Kang, Young Jun Kim, Minki Kang, Byung Ok Choi, Sang Woo Kim

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On-demand transient electronics, technologies referring subsequent material disintegration under well-defined triggering events and programmed time lines, offer exceptional clinical experiences in diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Despite potential benefits, such as the elimination of surgical device removal and reduction of long-term inimical effects, their use is limited by the nontransient conventional power supplies. Here, we report an ultrasound-mediated transient triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) where ultrasound determines energy generation and degradation period. Our findings on finite element method simulation show that porous structures of the poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) play an essential role in the triggering transient process of our device under high-intensity ultrasound. Besides, the addition of polyethylene glycol improves triboelectric output performance; the voltage output increased by 58.5%, from 2.625 to 4.160 V. We successfully demonstrate the tunable transient performances by ex vivo experiment using a porcine tissue. This study provides insight into practical use of implantable TENGs based on ultrasound-triggered transient material design.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberabl8423
JournalScience Advances
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jan

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