Printed and Flexible Thermoelectric Generators
Printed electronics enables patterning of functional materials over large areas and at low cost. In our group, we envision the development of printed thermoelectric generators (TEG) over large areas and on flexible substrates. These devices should be able to harvest energy by utilizing the difference in temperature between large areas of human skin and its environment. As a result, printed TEG could potentially be used to power sensors and electronics in wearables such as electronic patches or smart textiles.
Printed organic solar cells for wearables
Organic solar cells have attracted the interest of many reasearchers in the last years due to their capability to be processed from solution and over large areas. Moreover, the versatility of organic materials permit to tune their absorption range. We are interested on printing organic solar cells on complex patterns to facilitate their seamless integration on wearable systems where they can work as energy harvesters or autonomous photodetectors.