A new application area for fullerenes: voltage stabilizers for power cable insulation

Adv Mater. 2015 Feb 4;27(5):897-902. doi: 10.1002/adma.201404306. Epub 2014 Dec 12.


Fullerenes are shown to be efficient voltage-stabilizers for polyethylene, i.e., additives that increase the dielectric strength of the insulation material. Such compounds are highly sought-after because their use in power-cable insulation may considerably enhance the transmission efficiency of tomorrow's power grids. On a molal basis, fullerenes are the most efficient voltage stabilizers reported to date.

Keywords: fullerenes; high-voltage alternating current; polyethylene insulation; power cable; voltage stabilizer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Electric Impedance
  • Electric Power Supplies*
  • Fullerenes*


  • Fullerenes