Base-treated polydimethylsiloxane surfaces as enhanced triboelectric nanogenerators

Byung Kil Yun, Jae Woong Kim, Hyun Soo Kim, Kwan Wook Jung, Yeonjin Yi, Min Seok Jeong, Jae Hyeon Ko, Jong Hoon Jung

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Due to its flexibility, transparency, easy fabrication, and high negative polarity, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) has been considered as one of the most appropriate materials for the use in triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) applications. Here, we report the significantly enhanced triboelectric surface charge of PDMS simply by sprinkling of NaOH solution. Fresh PDMS-based TENGs generated an open-circuit voltage of 3.8V and a closed-circuit current of 65nA after the contact/separation from an indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode. After sprinkling the PDMS surface with 1M NaOH, in contrast, the resulting TENG generated voltage of 10.4V and current of 179nA. Exposing the PDMS to ultraviolet-ozone prior to sprinkling with NaOH solution resulted in a triboelectric voltage and current of 49.3V and 1.16μA, respectively, which are almost 15-fold larger than those of fresh PDMS. The origin of the enhanced triboelectric charge is related with an increase of polar SiO bonds at the expense of non-polar Si-CH3 bonds in PDMS. This work demonstrates a cost-effective method for producing large-area and high-efficiency PDMS-based TENGs and helps clarify the triboelectric mechanism of PDMS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-529
Number of pages7
JournalNano Energy
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology ( 2012R1A1A2002536 , 2013R1A2A2A01015734 , and 2013R1A1A2006582 ). This research was a part of the project titled ‘Gyeonggi Sea Grant Program’, funded by the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries , Korea.

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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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