Interfaces, charge-transfer and non-adiabatic processes and their exploitation in a frequency-tunable tribogenerator

The triboelectric effect describes the charge separation that happens at the interface of two touching materials. In recent years, attempts have been made to exploit this effect for conversion of mechanical into electrical energy.

This project within livMatS encompasses fundamental research on the tribolelectric effect through experimental and theoretical approaches, investigating its physical origins. The focus here lies on organic materials or combinations of organic materials with metals. The aim is to enable and implement novel design concepts for energy harvesting in order to exploit the triboelectric effect in functional material systems.

Prof. Dr. Lars Pastewka

Principal Investigators
Prof. Dr. Birgit Esser, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hugel, Prof. Dr. Michael Moseler, Prof. Dr. Lars Pastewka, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe, PD Dr. Michael Walter, Prof. Dr. Peter Woias

Responsible Investigators
Dr. Bizan Balzer

Doctoral researchers
Ravi Kumar Divakar, Qiwei Hu, Mejdeddine Mokthar, Antoine Sanner