Electromagnetic shielding properties of polypyrrole/polyester composites in the 1–18 GHz frequency range
Håkansson, Eva, Amiet, Andrew and Kaynak, Akif 2006, Electromagnetic shielding properties of polypyrrole/polyester composites in the 1–18 GHz frequency range, Synthetic metals, vol. 156, no. 14-15, pp. 917-925.
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The dielectric characteristics of conducting polymer-coated textiles in the frequency range 1–18 GHz were investigated using a non-contact, non-destructive free space technique. Polypyrrole coatings were applied by solution polymerization on fabric substrates using a range of concentrations of para-toluene-2-sulfonic acid (pTSA) as dopant and ferric chloride as oxidant. The conducting polymer coatings exhibited dispersive permittivity behaviour with a decrease in real and imaginary components of complex permittivity as frequency increased in the range tested. Both the permittivity and the loss factor were affected by the polymerization time of the conductive coating. It was found that the total shielding efficiency of these conductive fabrics is significant at short polymerization times and increases to values exceeding 80% with longer polymerization times. The reflection contribution to electromagnetic shielding also increases with polymerization time.
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