Dielectric behavior of the constituents of the natural resin shellac

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The dielectric relaxation data of the constituents of natural resin shellac have been analyzed by the Cole–Cole method at temperatures between 10° and 90°C in the frequency range of 50 Hz to 500 kHz. The functional groups present in hard and soft lac appeared to be responsible for the dielectric properties exhibited by shellac below and above its glass transition and melting temperature, respectively. A combination of 70% hard lac and 30% soft lac was found to exhibit the dielectric properties of shellac satisfactorily.

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