Engineered Polymer Nanocomposites for Energy Harvesting Applications

Engineered Polymer Nanocomposites for Energy Harvesting Applications

1st Edition - June 9, 2022

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  • Editors: M. T. Rahul, Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Sabu Thomas, Bruno Ameduri, Didier Rouxel, Raneesh Balakrishnan
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128241554
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323853316

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Engineered Polymer Nanocomposites for Energy Harvesting Applications looks at materials engineering, characterization and design aspects of mechanical energy harvesting devices for superior performance. Tapping into electrical energy from various mechanical stimuli, such as stress, elongation, tension and vibration has been getting substantial research attention, however, there are many challenges associated with the development energy harvesters with efficient conversion capabilities. This title consolidates a broad spectrum of material engineering and devices design research into one resource and will be an invaluable reference for those working in this field.

Key Features

  • Provides an interdisciplinary book focused on the engineering of high performance polymer-based nanocomposites and design strategies of high performance energy harvesting
  • Written by leading researchers in the field of materials science, polymer science and nanotechnology from industry, academia, government and private research institutions across the globe
  • Includes broad coverage of specific analytical techniques that will assist researchers to solve fundamental and applied problems in the development of materials for energy harvesting applications


Academics, researchers, under graduate and post graduate students and scientists primarily working in the field of materials science, applied chemistry, applied physics and nanotechnology. Engineers working in the field of energy harvesting devices

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • List of contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Recent advances in vinylidene fluoride copolymers and their applications as nanomaterials
  • Abstract
  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Different classes of ferroelectric polymers
  • 1.3 PVDF and VDF copolymers and terpolymers
  • 1.4 Properties of PVDF and VDF copolymers
  • 1.5 Applications
  • 1.6 Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter 2. Characterization methods used for the identification of ferroelectric beta phase of fluoropolymers
  • Abstract
  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 Processing of beta phase using different methods
  • 2.3 Characterization techniques
  • 2.4 Conclusion
  • Conflict of interest
  • References
  • Chapter 3. Polymer/metal oxides nanocomposites-based piezoelectric energy-harvesters
  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Polymer-based nanogenerators
  • 3.3 Polymer–metal oxide nanocomposites-based piezoelectric energy harvesters
  • 3.4 Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 4. 2D materials–polymer composites for developing piezoelectric energy-harvesting devices
  • Abstract
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Role of 2-dimensional materials in polymer composites for piezoelectric-based energy-harvesting devices
  • 4.3 Applications
  • 4.4 Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 5. Non-fluorinated piezoelectric polymers and their composites for energy harvesting applications
  • Abstract
  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 Piezoelectricity in semicrystalline polymers
  • 5.3 Piezoelectricity in natural polymers
  • 5.4 Piezoelectricity in amorphous polymers
  • 5.5 Energy-harvesting applications
  • 5.6 Summary and future outlook
  • References
  • Chapter 6. Polysaccharide-based nanocomposites for energy-harvesting nanogenerators
  • Abstract
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 Piezoelectric nanogenerators
  • 6.3 Triboelectric nanogenerators
  • 6.4 Nanocellulose-based energy-harvesting nanogenerators
  • 6.5 Chitin and chitosan-based energy-harvesting nanogenerators
  • 6.6 Porous nanocellulose/chitosan aerogel film-based triboelectric nanogenerators
  • 6.7 Miscellaneous polysaccharides-based energy-harvesting nanogenerators
  • 6.8 Conclusion and future outlook
  • References
  • Chapter 7. Polymer-based composite materials for triboelectric energy harvesting
  • Abstract
  • 7.1 Introduction
  • 7.2 Material selection
  • 7.3 Polymer and Composite polymer materials
  • 7.4 Composite polymer-based triboelectric nanogenerator applications
  • 7.5 Conclusion
  • Acknowledgment
  • References
  • Chapter 8. Magnetoelectric polymer nanocomposites for energy harvesting
  • Abstract
  • 8.1 Introduction
  • 8.2 Magnetoelectric materials
  • 8.3 Materials
  • 8.4 Types of polymer-based magnetoelectric composites
  • 8.5 Fabrication methods of polymer-based multiferroic composites
  • 8.6 Energy harvesting aspects of magnetoelectric material
  • 8.7 Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 9. Hybrid composites with shape memory alloys and piezoelectric thin layers
  • Abstract
  • 9.1 Introduction
  • 9.2 Multiphysics behavior modeling and characterization
  • 9.3 Multilayer manufacturing and characterization
  • 9.4 Finite element analysis of shape memory alloys/piezo composite response for energy harvesting
  • 9.5 Harvester manufacturing, instrumentation, and performance analysis
  • 9.6 Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 10. Designing piezo- and pyroelectric energy harvesters
  • Abstract
  • 10.1 Introduction
  • 10.2 Piezoelectric nanogenerator
  • 10.3 Pyroelectric nanogenerator
  • 10.4 Coupled piezo- and pyroelectric nanogenerator
  • 10.5 Conclusion and future outlook
  • Acknowledgment
  • Conflicts of interest
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 318
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: June 9, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128241554
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323853316

About the Editors

M. T. Rahul

Rahul M T is a research scholar at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He received Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Physics and Master’s degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. His current research activities includes the development of nanostructured polymer composites for multiferroics and energy harvesting applications. He has 7 publications in international journals which includes Journal of Power sources, Journal of alloys and compounds and RSC advances.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scholar, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Nandakumar Kalarikkal

Dr. Nandakumar Kalarikkal is an Associate Professor at the School of Pure and Applied Physics and Joint Director of the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. His research activities involve applications of nanostructured materials, laser plasma, and phase transitions. He is the recipient of research fellowships and associateships from prestigious government organizations such as the Department of Science and Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research of the Government of India. He has active collaborations with national and international scientific institutions in India, South Africa, Slovenia, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Australia, and the United States. He has more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He also co-edited nine books of scientific interest and co-authored many book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Director and Chair, School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Sabu Thomas

Dr. Thomas is the vice–chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. He is also currently designated as the director of the School of Energy Materials. He is the founder director of the International and Inter-university Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and a professor of polymer science and engineering at the School of Chemical Sciences and the International and Inter-university Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. He is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaim for his work in polymer science and engineering, polymer nanocomposites, elastomers, polymer blends, interpenetrating polymer networks, polymer membranes, green composites and nanocomposites, nanomedicine, and green nanotechnology. Dr. Thomas’s ground-breaking inventions in polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, green bionanotechnological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative differences in the development of new materials for automotive, space, housing, and biomedical fields. Very recently, Prof. Thomas has been conferred Honoris Causa (DSc) by the University of South Brittany, Lorient, France. Professor Thomas has published over 1,300 peer reviewed research papers, reviews, and book chapters. He has co-edited 150 books and is the inventor of 15 patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Chemical Sciences and International and Inter, University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Bruno Ameduri

Dr. Bruno Ameduri (DR CNRS Senior Researcher) leads the “Fluorine” Group at the “Engineering and Macromolecular Architectures” Team of Institute Charles Gerhardt in Montpellier, France. His main interests focus on the synthesis and the characterization of fluorinated monomers (including cure site monomers, telechelics, and polyfunctional ones), telomers, and copolymers for various applications such as F-surfactants, F-elastomers, F-coatings, and F-polymers related to energy (fuel cell membranes-protonic, alkaline and quasianhydrous ones-, polymer gel electrolytes and separators for Li-ions batteries, piezo-, ferro- or electroactive films, and nanocomposites). Coauthor of three books, ca. 45 reviews or book chapters, >360 peer review publications and coinventor of more than 80 patents, he is also a member of the American and French Chemical Societies and is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, European Polymer Journal, Polymer Bulletin. Outside of research, Bruno enjoys cycling, soccer, tennis, and jogging and is an active member of the “Rire” Association and visits, dressed as a clown, sick children in hospitals of Montpellier.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute Charles Gerhardt, Macromolecular Architectures Team, University of Montpellier, CNRS, ENSCM, Montpellier, France

Didier Rouxel

Dr. Didier Rouxel is a Professor at the Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, France. Prof. Rouxel has been involved in the spectroscopic analysis of inorganics and is vastly experienced in the analysis of polymer nanocomposite systems by almost all spectroscopic techniques. His major areas of interest include elastic properties of polymeric materials studied by Brillouin spectroscopy, development of polymer nanocomposite materials, development of micro-devices based on electro-active polymers, piezoelectric nanocrystals, microsensor development for surgery, cell excitement in organic medium by piezoelectric polymers etc. He has written 80 publications, 6 book chapters and 138 communications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, France

Raneesh Balakrishnan

Dr. Raneesh Balakrishnan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. He received his M.Sc and M.Phil degrees from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, and Ph.D. in Physics from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India. His research interests include nanomultiferroics, metal oxide thin films, nanoelectronics, plasma science, and electron microscopy. He has published many research articles in peer-reviewed journals and also co-edited three books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Catholicate College, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India

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