An analytical solution is constructed for the homogenized (i.e., macroscopic) dielectric response of particulate composites comprising a random distribution of particles bonded to a matrix material through interphases of finite size that contain space charges. By accounting for interphasial charges, the solution is able to describe and explain both the extreme enhancement and the reduction of the dielectric response typically exhibited by emerging polymer nanoparticulate composites. More generally, the solution reveals that judicious manipulation of interphasial charges provides a promising path forward for the design of materials with exceptional dielectric properties.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)