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FeCo-Anchored Reduced Graphene Oxide Framework-Based Soft Composites Containing Carbon Nanotubes as Highly Efficient Microwave Absorbers with Excellent Heat Dissipation Ability

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posted on 07.06.2017, 00:00 by Injamamul Arief, Sourav Biswas, Suryasarathi Bose
Conducting polymer composites containing ferromagnetic grafted-graphene derivatives are already appreciated for their lightweight, flexibility, and cost effectiveness in terms of microwave absorption. To further leverage the said properties of this wonder material, we propose a highly efficient replacement by blending conducting multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and FeCo anchored covalent cross-linked reduced graphene oxide (rGO) with poly­(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). Interconnected conducting network of MWCNTs introduces higher electrical conductivity in the blend which is essential for microwave absorption. FeCo-anchored porous interconnected rGO framework was designed via solvent-mediated in situ coreduction in the presence of Fe­(II) and Co­(II) precursors. Resulting cross-linked-rGO/FeCo displays fascinating coexistence of ferromagnetism and conducting-dielectric behavior, while largely preserving the robust 3D porous interconnected structure. Coupled with conducting MWCNTs, diamine cross-linked rGO/FeCo in a soft polymer matrix yields remarkably high total shielding effectiveness (SET) of −41.2 dB at 12 GHz, for a meager 10 wt % filler content. In addition, the composite materials display efficient heat dissipation abilities in conjunction with the trend in their thermal conductivities. This new-age microwave-absorbing material, powered by multifunctionality and tunable magnetodielectric properties, henceforth offers an amendable, cost-effective replacement to the existing solutions.