We statistically demonstrated the electricity generation from individual vertically-aligned/epitaxial PbZr 0.2Ti 0.8O 3 (PZT) nanowires (NWs) using a conductive atomic force microscope (AFM). The measured outputs were analyzed in reference to the theoretically calculated piezopotential distribution in a bent NW. Our results show that the performance of the PZT NWs for electricity generation is at the same level as that of ZnO NWs although the piezocoefficient of PZT is high, due to high relative dielectric constant of PZT. Systematic investigating piezoelectricity from single PZT NWs will be useful for optimizing the performance for PZT nanogenerator applications.
- Energy harvesting
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Materials Science(all)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering