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Mimicking ‘sea-urchin’ like heirarchical carbon structures self-assembled from carbon fibers for green EMI shielding

Vidyashree, MP and Sushmita, K and Nagarajan, P and Kokila, MK and Bose, S (2023) Mimicking ‘sea-urchin’ like heirarchical carbon structures self-assembled from carbon fibers for green EMI shielding. In: Chemical Engineering Journal Advances, 13 .

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Self-assembled structures offer myriad opportunities to explore them for a wide range of applications. Herein, ‘sea-urchin’ like hierarchical structures were obtained from self-assembly of carbon fibers (CF) assisted by refluxing in an acid medium. This unique template-free synthesis of carbon urchins (CU) yields different sizes when the chemical ambiance (pH) around the CF varies. Electromagnetic (EM) pollution has recently gained attention due to the widespread usage of electronics and requires lightweight and reliable solutions to suppress EM interference. Polymer nanocomposite-based shielding serves as an effective solution due to its ability to be tuned as per the commercial requirement. To this end, dispersing flakes of nanoparticles in a polymer matrix has been researched widely but is not amenable to suppressing the EM interference. Herein, the self-assembled structures offer micro-spikes resulting from the sea-urchin-like carbon structure coupled with the incoming field and facilitate the absorption of the EM radiation. The spatial distribution of CU was controlled in different polymeric matrices (thermoplastic, Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) and thermoset, epoxy) to realize the potential of these hierarchical structures in EMI shielding applications. The composites with CU show shielding effectiveness (SET) in the range of -45 dB to -52 dB in the X-band, and the green index is close to 1. The shield with the highest SET also showed a quick heat dissipation ability, an added advantage in terms of applicability. Our results begin to suggest that CU can be blended with a wide range of plastics to develop a universal solution in designing lightweight composites for EMI shielding applications. © 2022 The Author(s)

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Chemical Engineering Journal Advances
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Carbon fiber; EMI shielding; Epoxy composites; EVA composites; Urchins
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2023 12:08
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2023 12:08
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/79476

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