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Biologically-based pressure activated thin-film battery

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There is an industrial interest in utilizing large volume manufacturing processes such as printing (e.g. stencil, roll-to-roll) to produce thin-film functional components. These components will require power sources, for example thin-film batteries, and it would be advantageous to be able to produce these powering items in-line with the components. Traditional primary thin-film batteries have limited storage capacities due to mass limitations and unavoidable losses. The current effort demonstrates a zinc/manganese oxide reserve battery that has been produced through combination of stencil and roll-to-roll printing on a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate utilizing fish roe for the ion conducting electrolyte storage and separator. The creation of a reserve battery which can be activated when power is required by the deformation of the battery is an approach to extend battery storage times.

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The article was received on 19 Dec 2016, accepted on 13 Feb 2017 and first published on 13 Feb 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6TA10910A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 6432-6436
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    Biologically-based pressure activated thin-film battery

    T. M. McFarlane, J. A. Shetzline, S. Creager, C. F. Huebner, C. Tonkin and S. Foulger, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 6432
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TA10910A

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