Capacitors for Pulsed Power Applications Program
The program's goal is to increase the energy density of large dielectric capacitors suitable for handling large amounts of power in conditioners, converters and pulsed power application. The current state of the art capacitors are based on metallized biaxially oriented polypropylene and feature high-breakdown strength, low dielectric losses and graceful failure. Approaches currently in the program include improved synthesis and characterization of olefinic polymers, PVDF and other polar polymers, and composite and nanocomposite approaches. Within the program, there is collaboration between synthetic, physical, and theoretical chemists, materials scientists, and engineers. The program is co-managed with Dr. Michele Anderson.
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