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Title: Nanodevices for generating power from molecules and batteryless sensing

Abstract

A nanoconverter or nanosensor is disclosed capable of directly generating electricity through physisorption interactions with molecules that are dipole containing organic species in a molecule interaction zone. High surface-to-volume ratio semiconductor nanowires or nanotubes (such as ZnO, silicon, carbon, etc.) are grown either aligned or randomly-aligned on a substrate. Epoxy or other nonconductive polymers are used to seal portions of the nanowires or nanotubes to create molecule noninteraction zones. By correlating certain molecule species to voltages generated, a nanosensor may quickly identify which species is detected. Nanoconverters in a series parallel arrangement may be constructed in planar, stacked, or rolled arrays to supply power to nano- and micro-devices without use of external batteries. In some cases breath, from human or other life forms, contain sufficient molecules to power a nanoconverter. A membrane permeable to certain molecules around the molecule interaction zone increases specific molecule nanosensor selectivity response.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1338046
Patent Number(s):
9,537,157
Application Number:
14/695,354
Assignee:
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA) LLNL
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-07NA27344
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2015 Apr 24
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE

Citation Formats

Wang, Yinmin, Wang, Xianying, and Hamza, Alex V. Nanodevices for generating power from molecules and batteryless sensing. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Wang, Yinmin, Wang, Xianying, & Hamza, Alex V. Nanodevices for generating power from molecules and batteryless sensing. United States.
Wang, Yinmin, Wang, Xianying, and Hamza, Alex V. Tue . "Nanodevices for generating power from molecules and batteryless sensing". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1338046.
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