Preparation and electromagnetic wave absorbing properties of 3D graphene/pine needle-like iron nano-acicular whisker composites

Tingkai Zhao, Wenbo Jin, Xianglin Ji, Junjie Gao, Chuanyin Xiong, Alei Dang, Hao Li, Tiehu Li, Songmin Shang, Zhongfu Zhou

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The improvement of high reflection loss and broad frequency bandwidth for electromagnetic wave absorption materials is a long-term effort. The superb micro-structures of the absorber have significant impact on increasing reflection loss and broadening frequency bandwidth. Herein, we prepared 3D graphene by chemical vapor deposition and then 3D graphene/pine needle-like iron nano-acicular whisker composites were in situ synthesized by an electrochemical deposition process under an electric field using 3D graphene as substrate. The nano-acicular whiskers show different sizes and the mean diameter of the individual iron nano-acicular whiskers was about 150 nm. The saturation magnetization (MS) of the 3D graphene/iron nano-acicular whisker composite was about 42.65 emu g-1and the coercivity (Hc) was 143 Oe, and it shows good magnetic properties. In the frequency range of 2-18 GHz, the reflection loss value of the graphene/iron nano-acicular whisker composites with a thickness of 2 mm could reach -12.81 dB at 10.95 GHz and the effective absorption bandwidth below -10 dB was 2.16 GHz. The nano-acicular whiskers could effectively improve the electromagnetic wave absorbing properties. The results suggested that the as-prepared graphene/iron nano-acicular whisker nanocomposite showed great potential applications as a new absorber material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16196-16203
Number of pages8
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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