Recent advances in highly electrostrictive P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) terpolymers

F. Bauer, E. Fousson, Q. M. Zhang

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Ferroelectric materials are intrinsically multifunctional and have found a broad range of applications. A new class of semicrystalline terpolymers comprising vinylidene fluoride (VDF), trifluoroethylene (TrFE), and 1, 1-chlorofluoroethylene (CFE), were prepared at Institut de Saint-Louis (ISL) via a suspension polymerization process. Relevant studies and results show that this class of electroactive polymers offers unique properties in comparison with other ferroelectric polymers. The terpolymer exhibits high electrostrictive strain (>7%) with relatively high modulus (>0.3GPa). It has been also observed that the large electrostrictive strain is nearly constant in the temperature range from 20 to 80°C. The high room temperature relative dielectric constant (∼50), which is the highest among all the known polymers), high induced polarization (∼ 0.05 C/m2), and high electric breakdown field (>400 MV/m) lead to very high volume efficiency for the electric energy storage operated under high voltage (∼10 J/cm 3).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1714941
Pages (from-to)1149-1153
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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