Powerful Discovery (image) University of Alberta Share Print E-Mail Caption University of Alberta researcher Thomas Thundat and PhD student Jun Liu have made a major advance in the development of triboelectric nan generators. These devices can turn small amounts of mechanical energy, like vibrations, into a steady DC power current. The nanogenerators can power small handheld devices or sensors that monitor anything from pipelines to medical implants. Credit UAlberta Engineering Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.