Polydicyclopentadiene matrix composites for multifunctional capacitors

Diana Gottschalk, Eduard A. Stefanescu, Xiaoli Tan, Nicola Bowler, Zhiqun Lin, Michael R. Kessler

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In this work we investigate polydicyclopentadiene (polyDCPD) as a matrix in conjunction with finely powdered HCl-doped polyaniline (PANI) filler to obtain high dielectric constant materials with very good thermo-mechanical properties. Optical microscopy measurements revealed that the majority of micron-sized PANI particles are evenly dispersed within the polyDCPD matrix, when used at concentrations of 3wt% and 5wt%. Dynamic mechanical measurements indicated that addition of PANI to polyDCPD resulted in stiffer materials while maintaining a very good mechanical behavior up to 90°C. Finally, it was found that the dielectric constant of the polymeric materials can be increased through the addition of small amounts of PANI. The coupled mechanical and dielectric behavior of the polyDCPD-PANI composites suggested that these systems are potential candidates for the design and manufacturing of multifunctional capacitors that can carry load while storing energy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 SAMPE Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 SAMPE Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: 11 Oct 201014 Oct 2010

Publication series

NameInternational SAMPE Technical Conference


Conference2010 SAMPE Fall Technical Conference and Exhibition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City, UT


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