Generating high dielectric constant blends from lower dielectric constant dipolar polymers using nanostructure engineering

Yash Thakur, Bing Zhang, Rui Dong, Wenchang Lu, C. Iacob, J. Runt, J. Bernholc, Q. M. Zhang

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It is a great challenge in dielectric polymers to achieve a high dielectric constant while maintaining low dielectric loss and high operating temperatures. Here we report that by blending two glassy state dipolar polymers i.e., poly(arylene ether urea) (PEEU, K=4.7) and an aromatic polythiourea (ArPTU, K=4.4) to form a nanomixture, the resulting blend exhibits a very high dielectric constant, K=7.5, while maintaining low dielectric loss (<1%). The experimental and computer simulation results demonstrate that blending these dissimilar dipolar polymers causes a slight increase in the interchain spacing of the blend in its glassy state, thus reducing the barriers for reorientation of dipoles in the polymer chains along the applied electric field and generating a much higher dielectric response than the neat polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalNano Energy
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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