Accession Number : ADA002440

Title :   Polymers with Unusual Electrical Properties.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIV CLEVELAND OHIO DEPT OF MACROMOLECULAR SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Litt,M. ; Hsu,Che-hsuing ; Basu,P. ; Noveske,T.

Report Date : 04 DEC 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 33

Abstract : Poly(octamethylene dibenzimidazole) is an amorphous polymer. When cast from formic acid, crystalline films of the 1:1 complex of benzimidazole/formic acid are obtained. The crystalline polymer shows large peaks in the dielectric constant and loss factor at 120C which are frequency independent, indicating a first order process. The value of the dielectric constant at the top of the peak is about comparable to values obtained for single crystals of ferroelectric substances. Such films also store large amounts of charge on being poled, and exhibit spontaneous current flow and voltage. The variation of the magnitudes of the current, charge, and voltage as a function of time and temperature are discussed, and a rationale is presented for the observed phenomena. There is a reasonable probability that the formic acid complex is ferroelectric.

Descriptors :   *Dielectric properties, *Ferroelectric materials, Films, Crystals, Complex compounds, Benzimidazoles, Formic acid, Time dependence, Temperature, Polymers

Subject Categories : Solid State Physics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE