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Composite for energy storage takes the heat

A polymer-based material has been discovered that breaks the rules — it has the right combination of properties for use in energy-storage devices called dielectric capacitors, and can function at high temperatures. See Letter p.576

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Figure 1: A high-temperature dielectric material.


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Ploehn, H. Composite for energy storage takes the heat. Nature 523, 536–537 (2015).

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