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Natural Evaporation-Driven Ionovoltaic Electricity Generation

  • Sun Geun Yoon
    Sun Geun Yoon
    Program in Nano Science and Technology, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea
  • YoungJun Yang
    YoungJun Yang
    Program in Nano Science and Technology, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea
  • Jeeyoung Yoo
    Jeeyoung Yoo
    School of Energy Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Republic of Korea
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  • Huding Jin
    Huding Jin
    Program in Nano Science and Technology, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea
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  • Won Hyung Lee
    Won Hyung Lee
    Program in Nano Science and Technology, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea
  • Junwoo Park*
    Junwoo Park
    Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States
    *E-mail: [email protected]
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  • Youn Sang Kim*
    Youn Sang Kim
    Program in Nano Science and Technology, Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Republic of Korea
    Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology, 145 Gwanggyo-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon 16229, Republic of Korea
    *E-mail: [email protected]
Cite this: ACS Appl. Electron. Mater. 2019, 1, 9, 1746–1751
Publication Date (Web):September 2, 2019
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsaelm.9b00419
Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society

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    Evaporation-induced electricity generation, harnessing natural vaporization of water, is spotlighted as a promising energy conversion system with showing off remarkable characteristics such as continuous generation without artificial water motions. However, the vague origin and mechanism of this phenomenon are obstacles for practical application. Herein, the origin of the evaporation-induced electricity generation was verified in terms of the “ionovoltaic” effect, ionic motion-induced charge carrier flows, through a resistance-controllable metal oxide platform. The device, composed of solvothermal-grown zinc oxide, showed output signals of ∼0.4 V and ∼20 nA. This study improves an understanding of the evaporative ionovoltaic mechanism and secures applicability to various materials for future energy conversion devices.

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