Wood-Based Materials for Energy Harvesting and Sensing
1 Wood Materials Science, ETH Zürich, 8046 Zürich, Switzerland
2 Applied Wood Materials, and Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics, Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.
In this project, we are going to invent novel applications of wood materials in the smart home, which aims to make our living space more comfortable, energy efficient and secure. The smart home requires the integration of stimuli-response materials. To realize it, we will investigate the dielectric, mechanical, piezoelectric and triboelectric properties of the wood-based hybrid materials, which can be implemented as the biodegradable active-components in energy harvest devices or sensors. Also, various characterization techniques will be applied to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the hybrid structure and its performance. To conclude, a rational combination with the emerging nanoelectronic technologies will continuously gain ground for wood as renewable smart building materials.