Synthesis and electromagnetic wave absorption property of amorphous carbon nanotube networks on a 3D graphene aerogel/BaFe12O19nanocomposite

Tingkai Zhao, Xianglin Ji, Wenbo Jin, Chuanyin Xiong, Wenxiu Ma, Chuan Wang, Shichang Duan, Alei Dang, Hao Li, Tiehu Li, Songmin Shang, Zhongfu Zhou

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Homogeneous amorphous carbon nanotube (ACNT) networks have been synthesized using floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition method on a 3D graphene aerogel (GA)/ BaFe12O19(BF) nanocomposite which was prepared by a self-propagating combustion process. The as-synthesized ACNT/GA/BF nanocomposite with 3D network structures could be directly used as a good absorber material for electromagnetic wave absorption. The experimental results indicated that the minimum reflection loss of ACNT/GA/BF composite with a thickness of 2 mm was −18.35 dB at 10.64 GHz in the frequency range of 2–18 GHz. The frequency bandwidth of the reflection loss below −10 dB was 3.32 GHz and below −5 dB was 6.24 GHz, respectively. The 3D graphene aerogel structures which composed of dense interlined tubes and amorphous structure bearing quantities of dihedral angles could consume the incident waves through multiple reflection and scattering inside the 3D web structures. The interlinked ACNTs have both the virtues of amorphous CNTs (multiple reflection inside the wall) and crystalline CNTs (high conductivity), consuming the electromagnetic wave as resistance heat. ACNT/GA/BF composite has a good electromagnetic wave absorption performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • 3D graphene aerogel
  • ACNT networks
  • BaFe O 12 19
  • Electromagnetic wave absorption property

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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