Herein, we report the synthesis of a graphene/polymer composite via a facile and straightforward approach for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding applications. Polystyrene (PS) beads were added in graphene oxide (GO)/water solution followed by the addition of hydroiodic acid (HI) for in situ reduction of GO. The composite solution (rGO/PS) was filtered, hot compressed and tested for EMI shielding and dielectric measurements. A 2-mm thick segregated rGO/PS sample with 10 wt% filler loading delivered a high EMI shielding effectiveness (SE) of 29.7 dB and an AC electrical conductivity of 21.8 S m−1, which is well above the commercial requirement for EMI shielding applications. For comparison with the segregated rGO/PS composite, a control polymer composite sample utilizing a thermally reduced graphene oxide was synthesized by following a conventional coagulation approach. The as-synthesized conventional rGO/PS yield an EMI SE of 14.2 dB and electrical conductivity of 12.5 S m−1. The high EMI shielding of segregated rGO/PS is attributed to the better filler-to-filler contact among graphene layers surrounded by PS beads and also to the better reduction and preservation of graphene structure during reduction process that makes the low temperature chemically reduced segregated rGO/PS approach a viable route compared to high temperature thermally reduced conventional rGO/PS approach.
- Electromagnetic interference shielding
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