MRS Proceedings


DNA-Based Hybrids for Energy Storage Applications

2012 MRS Spring Meeting.

Donna M. Joycea1, Narayanan Venkata1a2, Fahima Ouchena1a2, Kristi M. Singha1a3, Steven R. Smitha1a2 and James G. Grotea1

a1 Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433

a2 University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, OH 45469

a3 UES Inc., Dayton, OH 45432


Polymeric materials are widely used in power generation and energy storage applications. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) biopolymer-based hybrids have been found to display interesting electrical characteristics, such as a relatively high dielectric constant, good resistivity and dielectric breakdown behavior, and are promising as insulating dielectrics for capacitor applications. This research describes the processing, test structure design, and electrical characterization of DNA-sol-gel hybrids for energy storage applications.

Key Words:

  • dielectric;
  • energy storage;
  • polymer