Soft Matter Characterization Laboratory

Overview of Services

Supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center (STC) - Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), the Center for Dielectric & Energy Storage (CDES) was established in 2012 at Case Western Reserve University. CDEC aims at next-generation dielectric materials and technologies for practical applications, such as capacitors for hybrid electric vehicles/power electronics and dielectric elastomers for artificial muscles.


Our mission is to discover, develop, and translate novel dielectric technologies for energy storage and capacitor applications. Researching high energy density, high temperature, and low loss delectric film capacitors, we plan to integrate these innovations with storage devices, hybrid electric vehicles, multi-megawatt power conditioning, pulsed power, and high energy physics applications.


 Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

 9AM - 5PM 

 2100 Adelbert Rd.
 Cleveland, OH. 44106 

Links and Resources


Name Role Phone Email Location
Lei Zhu
Anna Akkus