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NSF Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics Established

Posted on: 03/21/2014
A new Center for Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics (CDP) will be co-located at The Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University and North Carolina State University. The new center builds on and expands the research capabilities of the long-running Center for Dielectrics Studies (CDS) based at Penn State. The U.S. National Science Foundation will provide $830,000 over five years in support of operations and infrastructure, with additional funding coming from member companies and organizations. The new center is an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC), with 18 inaugural industry partners.

The new center will expand its outreach to industry and move into new fields of research with multidisciplinary teams at both universities engaging in research in advanced dielectrics and piezoelectrics, which they will, in turn, transfer to CDP members in support of new products and processes. Areas of research are expected to include high energy-density electrochemical capacitors for power electronics and the energy grid; dielectrics with low-temperature processing for flexible electronics; capacitors for extreme environments; polymer nanocomposite dielectrics to enhance energy storage density and improve insulation for power distribution; and piezotronic transistors, a possible replacement for silicon-based electronics.

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