Solid State Science and Technology, Vol. 17, No 1 (2009) 12-21
ELECTRICAL AND SHIELDING PROPERTIES OF CONDUCTIVE POLYMER COMPOSITE MATRIX WITH CHITOSAN
Mahnaz M.Abdia, Anuar B. Kassima, H.N.M. Ekramul Mahmudb, Wan Mahmood Mat Yunusc, Zainal Abidin Talibc
aDepartment of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia,
43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
bFaculty of Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA,
40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
cDepartment of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia,
43400 Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
The polypyrrole-chitosan (PPy-CHI) composite films formed by electrochemical polymerization were studied by electrical and mechanical techniques. The electromagnetic interference shielding effectiveness (EMI SE) at the frequencies range from 8-12 GHz was also studied. It is shown by electrical conductivity measurement and DMA (dynamic mechanical analysis) that the enhanced conductivity and mechanical properties of the prepared films are due to the presence of CHI in the composite film. Most of the composite films had more than 98% shielding of electromagnetic energy. The EMI SE shown through reflection and absorption increased with the increase in conductivity and relative shielding efficiency by reflection and absorption can be easily controlled by the electrical conductivity.
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