Development of a Triboelectric Nanogenerator and Active Vibration Sensor for Self-Monitoring and Self-Control of Vibrating Structures

The main aim of the project is to develop a self-powering triboelectric nanogenerator and upgrade it to an active vibration nano-sensor to be used for purposes of vibration-based structural self-health-monitoring and self-control. The project is collaborative with FIDAMC-materials, Madrid.

Number of places



13 February 2018


30 April 2018


Applicants should hold, or obtain an MEng, or equivalent in Mechanical or Materials Engineering, or related area

Project Details

With energy generation and harvesting and nanoenergy as priority areas this proposal seeks to develop a self-powering tribo-electric nanogenerator ( TENG) and active embedded vibration nano-sensor for structural  self-monitoring and self- control. This is motivated by the development of resilient, safer and more reliable structures. The project involves the development of the energy harvesting triboelectric nano-generator, which will be further developed to act as active vibration sensor capable to transform the vibration energy into compression to utilize the triboelectric effect. As a self-powering device which utilizes self-generated tribo-electric energy, the developed nano-sensor will not require additional energy and will be environmentally friendly and safe. The sensor’s  nano-size will permit its incorporation within a structure without  affecting  its weight. The project includes the development of a vibration-based structural self -health monitoring and self-control procedures and codes to be incorporated into a controller. The main result of this proposal is the development of a smart structure capable to use its vibrations for self-monitoring and self-control purposes´╗┐

This project is collaborative between MAE Strathclyde University and FIDAMC materials ( Madrid, Spain).  The studentship will be based at Strathclyde University. Part of the work will take place at FIDAMC. The project is partially supported by FIDAMC and the University of Strathclyde.

Funding Details

The materials and the experimental work is funded by FIDAMC-materials, Madrid.´╗┐

Partial funding towards a scholarship, including tuition fees, will be provided on a competitive basis.  Contact Dr I Trendafilova, for further details.

How to apply

Please send letter of motivation, CV and references to Dr I Trendafilova