The present invention provides for an electrostatic microelectromechanical (MEMS) device comprising a dielectric layer separating a first conductor and a second conductor. The first conductor is moveable towards the second conductor, when a voltage is applied to the MEMS device. The dielectric layer recovers from dielectric charging failure almost immediately upon removal of the voltage from the MEMS device.
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The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-FG02-02ER46016 between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and UChicago Argonne, LLC representing Argonne National Laboratory and pursuant to Contract No. MIPR06-W238 between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and UChicago Argonne, LLC representing Argonne National Laboratory.