Conducting polymer coated textile based multilayered shields for suppression of microwave radiations in 8.2–12.4 GHz range



Polypyrrole (PPY) based conducting textiles were prepared by in situ polymerization of pyrrole over cotton fabric. The SEM micrographs show smooth and uniform coating of PPY over fabric with only few loose dendrites. The elemental analysis and XRD patterns revealed the presence of iron whereas magnetization measurement shows ferromagnetic signature with well defined hysteresis loop and saturation magnetization (Ms) of 0.3 emu/g. The good antistatic property and rapid static charge dissipability was reflected by decay profile with decay time of only 0.16 sec. In addition, the microwave absorption studies of multilayered shields; made up of these conducting fabrics; show absorption dominated total shielding effectiveness (SET) value of −43.9 dB (i.e. >99.99% attenuation) which can be attributed to the better impedance matching, high microwave conductivity, shallow skin depth, and multiple scattering of incident electromagnetic radiation. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013