Paper-based origami triboelectric nanogenerators and self-powered pressure sensors

Po Kang Yang, Zong Hong Lin, Ken C. Pradel, Long Lin, Xiuhan Li, Xiaonan Wen, Jr Hau He, Zhong Lin Wang

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Discovering renewable and sustainable power sources is indispensable for the development of green electronics and sensor networks. In this paper, we present origami triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) using paper as the starting material, with a high degree of flexibility, light weight, low cost, and recyclability. Slinky- and doodlebug-shaped TENGs can be easily fabricated by properly folding printer papers. The as-fabricated TENGs are capable of harvesting ambient mechanical energy from various kinds of human motions, such as stretching, lifting, and twisting. The generated electric outputs have been used to directly light-up commercial LEDs. In addition, the as-fabricated TENGs can also serve as self-powered pressure sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-907
Number of pages7
JournalACS Nano
Issue number1
StatePublished - 27 Jan 2015


  • green electronics
  • origami
  • self-powered sensors
  • triboelectric nanogenerators


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