Scholarly article on topic 'All Polymer Piezoelectric Film for the Application to Low Resonance Frequency Energy Harvester'

All Polymer Piezoelectric Film for the Application to Low Resonance Frequency Energy Harvester Academic research paper on "Materials engineering"

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PVDF / Methyl ethyl ketone / PEDOT:PSS / energy harvesting

Abstract of research paper on Materials engineering, author of scientific article — S. Takamatsu, T. Kobayashi, T. Imai, T. Yamashita, T. Itoh

Abstract We developed all polymer piezoelectric film which consists of PET substrate, conductive polymer electrode, polyvinilidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric film in order to achieve the low resonance frequency of energy harvesting device. Existing piezoelectric films have been deposited on rigid silicon or inorganic materials which lead to high resonance frequency and low efficiency of energy generating under low frequency of human motion or other motions. Therefore, we developed all polymeric piezoelectric films on very soft PET films. To deposit PVDF film on PET, low temperature coating process using low boiling temperature solvent (Methyl ethyl ketone) and annealing method (under 150 ˚C) was developed. Developed film achieved low frequency of 54Hz.

Academic research paper on topic "All Polymer Piezoelectric Film for the Application to Low Resonance Frequency Energy Harvester"

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Procedía Engineering


Procedía Engineering25 (2011) 203 - 206

Proc. Eurosacsors XXV, Saptambar 4-7, ngll, Athacs, Graaca

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aBEANS laboratory, 1-2-1 Namiki Tsukuba, Japan bNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-2-1 Namiki Tsukuba, Japan


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Key words: PVDF; Mathyl athyl katoca; PEDOT:PSS; acarey hprvastice

1. Introduction

Recently, energy harvesting devices for micro sensors and their networked systems have been much attention because of their advantage of powering them without batteries[1]. Replacing batteries for a large number of networked sensors requires large volume of labours and has disturbed widespread use of them. Since some of sensors networked systems are applied for monitoring human or other machine's conditions, vibrations of them have been thought to be their energy sources[2]. In these applications, conventional silicon or other inorganic based piezoelectric devices are not suitable because their resonance frequency is several kHz[3] although the frequencies of human motions are several tens of Hz. Thus, flexible and soft polymer-based piezoelectric films such as polyvinylidence difufluoride (PVDF) are optimal candidate for these applications. To form these materials on flexible polymer substrate for * Corresponding author. Tel.:+81-29-868-3883; fax:+81-29-868-3884. E-mail address: stakamatsu@beanspj .org.

1877-7058 © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2011.12.050

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(a) Concept

All polymer piezo electric film

vPVDF/TrFE \ (Piezoelectric Polymer) PEDOTrPSS (electrode) PET film (substrate)

Energy harvesting devices.

(b) Structure of PVDF on PET

Induced Strain on PVDF

Large thickness PET substrate is required

Fig. 1. (a) concept of all polymer piezoelectric film for low frequency energy harvesting devices; (b) structure of PVDF film on PET film. PVDF film generates large charge thickness of PET film.

low frequency applications, low temperature process was required because conventional polymer substrate like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film changes its shape over 150 °C. Therefore, we have developed low temperature process of polymer piezoelectric film on PET film and formed low frequency energy harvesting device (fig. 1 (a)). The device consists of polymer electrode of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), PVDF and PET substrate. Bending the film induces piezoelectric effect between polymer electrode through the generation of strain on PVDF film (fig. 1 (b)). After the developed process was described, the processed film was characterized in this paper.

2. Fabrication Process and Experimental

The structure of all polymer piezoelectric film is composed of PVDF, PEDOT:PSS electrode and PET substrate (fig. 1). Figure 2 shows the fabrication process consisting of PEDOT:PSS coating on PET film, PVDF coating, PEDOT:PSS. Firstly, PET film was prepared (fig.3 (a)). The lower electrode was formed with PEDOT:PSS through PEDOT:PSS water-dispersion coating and drying (fig.3 (b)). PVDF was coated with the PVDF solution in which PVDF powder was diluted with low boiling temperature solution of Metylethyle ketone (MEK) (fig.3 (c)). Then, upper electrode was formed with PEDOT:PSS and the resultant film was annealed and poled (fig. 3 (d), (e)).

Figure 3(a) shows the low temperature coating of PVDF. PVDF which solved in solvent should be dried in the temperature under 150 °C because PET film was melt over the temperature. Conventional PVDF solvent is DMF or NMP whose boiling temperature are over 150 °C. To solve this problem, we utilized MEK whose boiling temperature is 79.5 °C.

After coating PVDF film, we optimized the annealing temperature. The temperature of 150 °C achieved (a) PET film_ (d) PEDOT:PSS coating

(e) Anealing and poling

(c) PVDF coating

Fig. 2. Fabrication process of all polymer PVDF film.

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Low temperature PVDF eoating


Boiling point [°C] 153 202 79.5

Solubility [wt%] 10 10 20

Low temperature annealing PVDF film before annealing PVDF film after annealing

2 6 [de6]

Fig. 3. (a) Low temperature solvent of PVDF. Methylethyl ketone (MEK) is low boiling temperature and high solubability; (b) Aneeling temperatures and their crystallinity

(a) (b)

500 -400

o 300 -rx

200 ' 100 0

100 110 120 130 140 150

Temperature [degree]

Fig. 4. Poling voltage and the residua polarization under different temperatures.

highest crystallinity in fig. 4. In the poling process of PVDF film, the applied voltage of 100 V/^m is required for high residual polarization (fig. 4(a)). The residual polarization was also characterized under different temperatures and poling voltage of 100 V/^m. The film annealed at the temperature of 150 °C exhibited largest residual polarization (fig. 4(b)). Therefore, 150 °C is the optimal temperature for annealing of PVDF film.

The processed PVDF film on PET substrate was shown in fig. 5 (b). When the film was bent, the film generates electric potential of 2 V in figure 5 (b). The frequency of the device was characterized. Fig. 5(c) shows the resonant frequency of 54 Hz which is very low in comparison with several kHz of existing PZT films.

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Time [s]

Frequency [Hz]

Fig. 5. (a) Processed all polymer PVDF film.; (b) Generating voltage of the PVDF film; (c) resonant frequency of the PVDF film.

3. Conclusions

We developed all polymer piezoelectric film which consists of PET substrate, PEDOT:PSS electrodes, PVDF film. To deposit PVDF film on PET, low temperature coating process using low boiling temperature solvent of MEK and annealing method (under 150 °C) was developed. Developed film achieved low frequency of 54 Hz.


This study has been being conducted as one of the research items of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) project "Development of Manufacturing Technologies for Hetero Functional Integrated Devices "(BEANS project).


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