Investigating the feasibility of energy harvesting using material work functions

Torybek Kenzhekhanov, Durbek Abduvali, Gulnur Kalimuldina, Desmond Adair

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Electronic devices, with low power demand, can be energized using vibration energy harvesters which gather and transform energy from mechanical vibrations. This investigation looks at the feasibility of a method of energy harvesting from mechanical vibrations using the naturally occurring charging phenomenon within a system of two bodies which possess different work functions. In this work, a brief review of similar technologies, namely piezoelectric, electromagnetic and electrostatic energy harvesters is first given. This is followed by the development of a theoretical model and an investigation of different Work Function Energy Harvester (WFEH) operation modes, with conclusions on a possible optimum mode of operation. The design of an experiment to test the developed theory is then presented followed by some preliminary results. Generally it is found that a WFEH has potential for use in energy harvesting applications with the possibility of giving equal or better output power when compared to traditional electrostatic harvesters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2501-2505
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Today: Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event8th International Conference on Nanomaterials and Advanced Energy Storage Systems, INESS 2020 - Uttar Pradesh, India
Duration: Aug 6 2020Aug 6 2020


  • Electrostatic
  • Energy harvesting
  • Piezoelectric
  • Vibrations
  • Work function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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