Muscle-Driven In Vivo Nanogenerator

Zhou Li, Guang Zhu, Rusen Yang, Aurelia C. Wang, Zhong Lin Wang

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(Figure Presented) A nanogenerator based on a single piezoelectric fine wire producing an alternating current (AC) is successfully used for the harvesting of biomechanical energy under in vivo conditions. We demonstrate the implanting and working of such a nanogenerator in a live rat where it harvests energy generated by its breathing or heart beating. This study shows the potential of applying these nanogenerators for driving in vivo nanodevices. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KCaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2534-2537
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number23
StatePublished - May 5 2010
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) (Army/AMCOM/REDSTONE AR, W31P4Q-08-1-0009), Basic Energy Sciences from the US Department of Energy (BES DOE) (DE-FG02-07ER46394), the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Global Research Partnership, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) (DMS0706436, CMMI 0403671). Z.L. thanks the partial fellowship support by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) (No. 20073020). The authors also thank the assistance from Dr. Laura O'Farrell, Kimberly Benjamin, Dr. Sheng Tong, and Cheng Li for helpful discussions. Z.L. and G.Z. have contributed equally to this work. Supporting information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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