Polymer matrix ferroelectric composites under pressure: Negative electric capacitance and glassy dynamics

  • Szymon StarzonekEmail author
  • Aleksandra Drozd-Rzoska
  • Sylwester J. Rzoska
  • Kena Zhang
  • Emilia Pawlikowska
  • Aleksandra Kȩdzierska-Sar
  • Mikolaj Szafran
  • Feng Gao
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This report presents the results of high-pressure and broadband dielectric spectroscopy studies in polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) and barium strontium titanate (BST) microparticles composites (BST/PVDF). It shows that the Arrhenius behaviour for the temperature-related dynamics under atmospheric pressure is coupled to Super-Arrhenius/Super-Barus isothermal pressure changes of the primary relaxation time. Following these results, an explanation of the unique behaviour of the BST/PVDF composite is proposed. Subsequently, it is shown that when approaching the GPa domain the negative electric capacitance phenomenon occurs.

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Soft Matter: Polymers and Polyelectrolytes 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Szymon Starzonek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aleksandra Drozd-Rzoska
    • 1
  • Sylwester J. Rzoska
    • 1
  • Kena Zhang
    • 2
  • Emilia Pawlikowska
    • 1
  • Aleksandra Kȩdzierska-Sar
    • 1
  • Mikolaj Szafran
    • 3
  • Feng Gao
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, MIIT Key Laboratory of Radiation Detection Materials and Devices, NPU-QMUL Joint Research Institute of Advanced Materials and Structure, School of Material Science and EngineeringNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina
  3. 3.Faculty of ChemistryWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland

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