Energy harvesting technologies

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Energy harvesting refers to the conversion of unused ambient energy into useful electrical energy. Ambient energy can be harvested from a variety of sources, such as light, electromagnetic wave, thermal, and mechanical vibrations. Whilst energy harvesting technologies have been explored for more than two decades as an alternative to conventional power sources for low-power applications, such as wearable electronics and wireless sensor networks, energy harvesting is now becoming a key enabling technology for a plethora of applications ranging from aerospace to automotive, from Internet of Things to building automation and structural health monitoring.

This collection aims to gather the latest advances on the development and application of energy harvesting technologies for self-powered systems. We will consider research in the fields of engineering, electronics, energy, materials science, chemistry, physics and computer science.

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Abdessattar Abdelkefi is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at New Mexico State University. His research interests are in the field of dynamical systems including energy harvesting, nonlinear dynamics, structural dynamics, fluid-structure interactions, vibration and control, and bioinspired systems. Dr Abdelkefi has been an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports since 2022.




Muhammad R. Hajj is the George Meade Bond Chair at Stevens Institute of Technology. He is also the Director of the renowned Davidson Laboratory and Chair of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering Department. Before joining Stevens, he was the appointed as the J. Byron Maupin Professor at Virginia Tech where he also directed the NSF funded I/UCRC Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems. Prof Hajj has been an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports since 2022.




Lethy Krishnan Jagadamma is a UKRI-Future Leaders Fellow and leads the Energy Harvesting Research Group at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews. Her research focus is on combining material focussed innovation with that of the emerging huge technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Wearables to positively contribute to achieving the big target of 'Energy Sustainability'. Dr Jagadamma has been an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports since 2021.




Ziqi Sun is currently a Full Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. His research interests include rational design of multiscale-ordering nanomaterials and bioinspired structures for sustainable energy and environmental technologies, such as rechargeable batteries, catalysis, and oil-water separations. Prof Sun has been an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports since 2014.