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Nanocomposites of TiO₂/cyanoethylated cellulose with ultra high dielectric constants.

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Madusanka, Nadeesh 
Shivareddy, Sai G 
Hiralal, Pritesh 
Eddleston, Mark D 
Choi, Youngjin 


A novel dielectric nanocomposite containing a high permittivity polymer, cyanoethylated cellulose (CRS) and TiO2 nanoparticles was successfully prepared with different weight percentages (10%, 20% and 30%) of TiO2. The intermolecular interactions and morphology within the polymer nanocomposites were analysed. TiO2/CRS nanofilms on SiO2/Si wafers were used to form metal-insulator-metal type capacitors. Capacitances and loss factors in the frequency range of 1 kHz-1 MHz were measured. At 1 kHz CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited ultra high dielectric constants of 118, 176 and 207 for nanocomposites with 10%, 20% and 30% weight of TiO2 respectively, significantly higher than reported values of pure CRS (21), TiO2 (41) and other dielectric polymer-TiO2 nanocomposite films. Furthermore, all three CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites show a loss factor <0.3 at 1 kHz and low leakage current densities (10(-6)-10(-7) A cm(-2)). Leakage was studied using conductive atomic force microscopy and it was observed that the leakage is associated with TiO2 nanoparticles embedded in the CRS polymer matrix. A new class of ultra high dielectric constant hybrids using nanoscale inorganic dielectrics dispersed in a high permittivity polymer suitable for energy management applications is reported.



nanocomposites, ultrahigh dielectric constants, thin films, C-AFM

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IOP Publishing
This work was supported by Dyson Ltd. NM is also grateful to the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust for financial support and Prof. William Jones, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge for providing additional laboratory facilities.