Yeonsik Choi

3rd year student in Materials Science and Metallurgy

Static electricity is a common phenomenon in our daily lives but its effect is usually not welcomed and considered negative. So, why don’t we positively utilise such an effect as a power source? My research is focused on an energy generator that scavenges power from an ambient vibration via electrostatic effect. To make this practical, I have invented a polymer nanoconfinement method to enhance energy transfer efficiency, and recently filed a patent with Cambridge Enterprise to commercialise this device. I believe this will lead to develop a new type of energy harvester that can increase the lifespan of wearable devices.

Other 2019 award winners

Sean Chia

Bethany Connolly

Magda Gerigk

Garazi Gomez De Segura Solay

Carol Ibe

Marina Konstantatou

Samer Kurdi

Yuanyuan Liu

Veselina Petrova

Sakthy Selvakumaran

Taylor Uekert

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