Interfacial effects on the dielectric properties of elastomer/carbon-black/ceramic composites

Bo Li, Maryam Sarkarat, Amanda Baker, Clive A. Randall, Evangelos Manias

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Abstract: A systematic series of ethylene-propylene-diene (EPDM) elastomer/carbon-black composites were studied to quantify the effect of additional ceramic fillers, especially of the interfacial contributions, on the dielectric properties of the composites. Substantial interfacial contributions to the composites’ dielectric properties were present in all systems. For all composites studied—using ceramic fillers with varied dielectric nature and spanning orders of magnitude in dielectric constants—the interfacial contributions overwhelmed the ceramic filler k-values and dominated the dielectric performance of the composites. Non-trivial interplays between the carbon black and the ceramic fillers were also manifested, casting doubts on the validity of standard models used for the prediction of dielectric permittivities of such composites. Graphic abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-251
Number of pages5
JournalMRS Advances
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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