Study of soy-protein-isolate and its nanocomposites for electrical energy
Cox, McCord. 2016. Study of soy-protein-isolate and its nanocomposites for electrical energy. --In Proceedings: 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 35
Soy protein has been a renewable natural resource for bio-plastics, in the face of environmental concerns relating to production, application and disposal of petro-polymers. The proteins are known for their multilevel structures with complex asymmetry which suggests the possible spontaneous dielectric polarization in protein materials. It is believed that this structural asymmetry can be tuned via proper denaturation and modification of proteins. Thus, the protein materials are ideal candidates for new generation of dielectric films for capacitor applications. In this research, soy protein isolate, a high protein content soy product, has been investigated for the proposed green dielectric films. Via various denaturation and modification processes (i.e. temperature, pH, surfactants, etc.) applied to SPI, the relationships between structures and dielectric properties of SPI have been studied. Meanwhile, in order to improve dielectric performances of resulting SPI films, boron nitride nanomaterial has been incorporated to enhance the energy density.
Presented to the 12th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Heskett Center, Wichita State University, April 29, 2016.
Research completed at Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering