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Flexible Carbon Dots Composite Paper for Electricity Generation from Water Vapor Absorption

Abstract

Harvesting energy from the environmental moisture is a promising candidate for sustainable electric power resource. Here, a new scalable fabrication method for flexible moisture-electric energy transformation device by dispersing or direct printing carbon dots (CDs) on paper is reported. A facile strategy for self-establishing ionic gradient on both side of the device by constructing asymmetric structure (the side of device is encapsulated) is proposed, which avoids prior processing of the materials for building asymmetric functional groups. The carboxyl groups on CDs near the open side of device ionize more protons than that of the closed side, resulting in a potential drop across the device due to the concentration difference of the released protons on the two sides. The device can produce a sustainable voltage (40 mV) for over 100 min at a fixed humidity value. In addition, the device responds to direct touching of finger or human exhalation, which endows them great potential for applications in electronic skins and humidity sensors.

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Publication details

The article was received on 18 Mar 2018, accepted on 09 May 2018 and first published on 11 May 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA02505C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Flexible Carbon Dots Composite Paper for Electricity Generation from Water Vapor Absorption

    Q. Li, M. Zhou, M. Yang, Q. Yang, Q. Wu, Z. Zhang and J. Yu, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8TA02505C

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