A temperature-activated nanocomposite metamaterial absorber with a wide tunability
composite materials, flexible electronics, metamaterials, polymeric materials, shape memory polymers
ABSTRACT Novel thin and flexible broadband electromagnetic microwave absorbers are realized with nanocomposites and achieve a wide frequency tunability (from 10 to 17.2 GHz) by actively adjusting the resistance. The proposed absorbers are fabricated by scalable screen printing of optimized nanoparticle ink onto the flexible dielectric composite substrates. Based on the shape memory effects of the substrate and piezoresistive effect of the nanocomposite frequency selective surface, a controllable sheet resistance, and thereby tunable wave absorption performance, can be realized in a temperature-activated and dynamically stable manner. The results provide new dimensions for the design of active electromagnetic devices by utilizing previously underestimated intrinsic properties of the artificial materials and the smart behavior of polymer-based nanocomposites.
Tsinghua University Press
Weiwei Li,Lingyu Zhao,Zhaohe Dai,Hao Jin,Feng Duan,Junchao Liu,Zhihui Zeng,Jun Zhao,Zhong Zhang, A temperature-activated nanocomposite metamaterial absorber with a wide tunability. NanoRes.2018, 11(7): 3931–3942