Chemical and Biological Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Fall 11-10-2016


Mylar® polymer is a bi-axially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polymer film used widely as a dielectric, specifically in capacitors. The dielectric characteristics of Mylar have been well studied and documented over the years; however, many of the mechanisms responsible for dielectric breakdown and failure are not understood for modified versions of the material. Previous studies on Mylar confirm that factors such as temperature, humidity, and voltage ramp rates can also have a significant effect on the dielectric properties and measurement of the dielectric properties. This study seeks to determine how dielectric properties, including permittivity, dielectric loss, and breakdown strength, are affected by doping of the polymer. To do this, two types of Mylar films, virgin film and film doped with a small-molecule electron-acceptor, are tested. Both types of materials are tested under a variety of environmental and experimental conditions, including testing at elevated temperatures, varying relative humidity, and varying ramp rates in dielectric breakdown testing. Analysis of permittivity, dielectric loss, and breakdown strength will be presented comparing virgin and doped Mylar to gain insight into the effects of doping with electron-acceptor molecules on dielectric properties under these varying environmental and test conditions.


Mylar, PET, polyethylene terephthalate, dielectric

Document Type


Degree Name

Chemical Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Chemical and Biological Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Fernando Garzon

Second Committee Member

Leah Appelhans

Third Committee Member

Richard Kemp