Researchers at IIT Mandi have developed a material that efficiently converts body heat into electricity. This groundbreaking research could have far-reaching implications for the renewable energy sector, as renewable energy can be used for a variety of applications. The research institute made a presentation on thermonuclear materials in June last year, but it was recently published in a German scientific journal. Angewante Chemie. The study was led by Dr. Ajay Soni, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Sciences, IIT Mandi. He shared a post with his X last week explaining how thermoelectric generators work.
“This is the final version of the recent work published on @angew_chem on flexible thermoelectric generators and human touch sensors with thermoelectric effects. Interesting nanomaterials and results,” Dr. Soni said in the post. Ta.
This is the final version of our recent research on flexible thermoelectric generators and human contact sensors with thermoelectric effects. @angew_chem. Interesting nanomaterials and their results.@iit__mandi , @Celvonline ,@IndiaDSThttps://t.co/m7xWDrNeyHpic.twitter.com/FVqNO4QQmH
— Ajay Soni (@ajaysoni30) February 8, 2024
Research shows that the device only needs human touch to start charging. You can charge almost any electronic device.
The research team created a thermoelectric module from silver telluride nanowires. They showed that the device starts delivering a large output voltage when touched by a human.
“Charging low-power flexible electronic devices is no longer a problem. These devices are charged by the heat of the human body. We have developed a thermoelectric module for this,” Dr. Soni said of the discovery.
What is thermoelectricity?
according to science directit is the direct conversion of heat to electricity or electricity to heat through two related mechanisms.
The first part of the thermoelectric effect, the conversion of heat to electricity, was discovered in 1821 by Estonian physicist Thomas Seebeck and studied in more detail by French physicist Jean Pelletier. It is also called the Peltier-His Seebeck effect.
The opposite phenomenon, where passing an electric current through a material causes it to heat or cool, was discovered in 1851 by William Thomson, also known as Lord Kelvin (hence the name of the absolute Kelvin temperature scale).