Special Issue "Polymers for Film Capacitors"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017)
Prof. Yang Shen
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China
Interests: polymer dielectrics; polymer nanocomposites; solid electrolyte for lithium ion battery; flexible electronics
Prof. Qi Li
Department of Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China
Interests: polymer dielectrics, polymer nanocomposites, energy storage and conversion, energy harvesting
In the mid-20th century, people began to replace paper sheets with polymers in film capacitors, and that is when the plastic film capacitor came to be known. Since then, research interests and activities themed on polymer dielectrics, conforming to the industrial demand for plastic film capacitors, have been increasing rapidly. By the end of 2015, plastic film capacitors have claimed a ca. 50% share of the total global consumption value for all sorts of capacitors.
As a call to the growing need for high energy density film capacitors in energy storage and pulsed power applications, collective efforts have been put into developing high energy density polymer dielectrics. These include new chemical synthesis, advanced film processing, topological-structure engineering, multi-scale hybridization and combination with inorganic moieties, etc. Truly, a continued progress has been made over the past decade, and up to date the energy density of polymer dielectrics has been improved significantly. Another emerging research area under the theme of polymer dielectrics is motivated by the demand for high temperature film capacitors in, for example, hybrid electric vehicle and aerospace power conditioning applications. The main strategy in this area has been the development of polymer dielectrics with high thermal stability by means of molecular design and modification, and very recently the research is advancing into a new stage where suppression of high temperature conduction and thermal runaway inherent to polymer dielectrics becomes a central issue to be dealt with.
In this Special Issue, to continue advancing this interdisciplinary field, we are calling for original papers on the design, synthesis, characterization and simulation of polymer-based dielectrics ranging from material chemistry, to processing and characterization techniques, and to computations of dielectric performance. We also welcome review papers with opinionated and inspiring perspectives that may help to open new possibilities for polymer dielectrics toward the applications cited above.
Prof. Qing Wang
Prof. Yang Shen
Dr. Qi Li
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- polymer nanocomposites
- energy storage
- film capacitors