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ACS Nano. 2016 Oct 25;10(10):9201-9207. doi: 10.1021/acsnano.6b05293. Epub 2016 Oct 5.

Tailorable and Wearable Textile Devices for Solar Energy Harvesting and Simultaneous Storage.

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College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University , Chongqing 400044, China.
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University , 637371, Singapore.


The pursuit of harmonic combination of technology and fashion intrinsically points to the development of smart garments. Herein, we present an all-solid tailorable energy textile possessing integrated function of simultaneous solar energy harvesting and storage, and we call it tailorable textile device. Our technique makes it possible to tailor the multifunctional textile into any designed shape without impairing its performance and produce stylish smart energy garments for wearable self-powering system with enhanced user experience and more room for fashion design. The "threads" (fiber electrodes) featuring tailorability and knittability can be large-scale fabricated and then woven into energy textiles. The fiber supercapacitor with merits of tailorability, ultrafast charging capability, and ultrahigh bending-resistance is used as the energy storage module, while an all-solid dye-sensitized solar cell textile is used as the solar energy harvesting module. Our textile sample can be fully charged to 1.2 V in 17 s by self-harvesting solar energy and fully discharged in 78 s at a discharge current density of 0.1 mA.


energy harvesting; energy storage; smart garment; tailorable; textile


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