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Pyroelectricity gain in multilayers

Pyroelectric materials have potential applications in sensors and energy harvesters but it is difficult for these materials to deliver energy in the joule range. Now, a pyroelectric harvester made of lead scandium tantalate with a multilayer structure is shown to generate about 4.43 J cm–3 from each thermodynamic cycle.

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Fig. 1: Device structure and performance of the PST pyroelectric energy harvester with a multilayer structure.

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Yang, Y. Pyroelectricity gain in multilayers. Nat Energy 7, 1007–1008 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-022-01143-1

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