Enhancement of discharged energy density of poly(ethylene oxide) by soy protein isolate
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Rashidi, S., Zheng, Z. and Li, B. (2017), Enhancement of discharged energy density of poly(ethylene oxide) by soy protein isolate. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 134, 45214,
Soy protein isolate (SPI) is used to modify energy storage performances of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). The pure PEO membranes are highly polar, but the extremely high energy loss led to very low discharged energy density for use. The addition of SPI in both high molecular weight PEO and low molecular weight PEO lead to greatly reduced polarization and stored energy density. However, it also largely reduces the current leakage and energy loss of the resulting membranes, leading to significantly enhanced discharged energy density. It is believed that the strong interactions between PEO and SPI are responsible for the energy storage properties aforementioned. Meanwhile, such interactions also result in a more brittle fracture behavior and reduced crystallinity of the PEO/SPI membranes. The enhanced discharged energy density and low energy loss suggest PEO/SPI membranes are promising dielectric materials for high efficiency energy storage applications where soluble and transient materials are desired.
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