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James Chen, Kansas State University assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering

Energy Harvest


When two materials rub together, the friction generates electrical charge in a process known as triboelectrification. Collecting that energy buildup could one day help meet growing energy demand. K-State researchers are performing simulations and experiments to develop triboelectric nanogenerators that can harvest significant amounts of power in a controlled way.

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NSF grant to support engineering professors' development of triboelectric nanogenerators