Review of flexible energy harvesting for bioengineering in alignment with SDG

Bankole I. Oladapo (Lead / Corresponding author)

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To cater to the extensive body movements and deformations necessitated by biomedical equipment flexible piezoelectrics emerge as a promising solution for energy harvesting. This review research delves into the potential of Flexible Piezoelectric Materials (FPM) as a sustainable solution for clean and affordable energy, aligning with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By systematically examining the secondary functions of stretchability, hybrid energy harvesting, and self-healing, the study aims to comprehensively understand these materials' mechanisms, strategies, and relationships between structural characteristics and properties. The research highlights the significance of designing piezoelectric materials that can conform to the curvilinear shape of the human body, enabling sustainable and efficient mechanical energy capture for various applications, such as biosensors and actuators. The study identifies critical areas for future investigation, including the commercialization of stretchable piezoelectric systems, prevention of unintended interference in hybrid energy harvesters, development of consistent wearability metrics, and enhancement of the elastic piezoelectric material, electrode circuit, and substrate for improved stretchability and comfort. In conclusion, this review research offers valuable insights into developing and implementing FPM as a promising and innovative approach to harnessing clean, affordable energy in line with the SDGs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100763
Number of pages17
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering R: Reports
Early online date9 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • Biocompatibility
  • FPM
  • Hybrid energy systems
  • Self-healing properties
  • Stretchability
  • Sustainable energy harvesting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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