Ultra-wide bandwidth with enhanced microwave absorption of electroless Ni-P coated tetrapod-shaped ZnO nano- and microstructures

Najim, Mohd, Modi, Gaurav, Mishra, Yogendra Kumar, Adelung, Rainer, Singh, Dharmendra and Agarwala, Vijaya (2015) Ultra-wide bandwidth with enhanced microwave absorption of electroless Ni-P coated tetrapod-shaped ZnO nano- and microstructures Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17 (35). pp. 22923-22933.

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A viable lightweight absorber is the current need for stealth technology as well as microwave absorption. Several microwave absorbers have been developed, but it is still a challenge to fabricate an absorber that facilitates microwave absorption in broad bandwidth or covers the maximum portion of the frequency range 2-18 GHz, the commonly used range for radar and other applications. Therefore, it is highly required to develop a wide bandwidth absorber that can provide microwave absorption in the most part of the frequency range 2-18 GHz while simultaneously being lightweight and can be fabricated in desired bulk quantities by the cost-effective synthesis methods. In this paper, an attempt has been made to design an ultra-wide bandwidth absorber with enhanced microwave absorption response by using nickel-phosphorus coated tetrapod-shaped ZnO (Ni-P coated T-ZnO). In the Ni-P coated T-ZnO absorber, ZnO acts as a good dielectric contributor, while Ni as a magnetic constituent to obtain a microwave absorbing composite material, which has favorable absorption properties. Ni-P coated ZnO nano-microstructures are synthesized by a simple and scalable two-step process. First, tetrapod-shaped ZnO (T-ZnO) structures have been grown by the flame transport synthesis (FTS) approach in a single step process and then they have been coated with Ni-P by an electroless coating technique. Their morphology, degree of crystallinity and existing phases were studied in detail by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. The complex permittivity and permeability of the "as-fabricated'' T-ZnO and Ni-P coated T-ZnO have been measured in the frequency range of 4-14 GHz and their microwave absorption properties are computed using the coaxial transmission-reflection method. The strongest reflection loss (RL) peak value of -36.41 dB has been obtained at a frequency of similar to 8.99 GHz with coating thickness of 3.4 mm for the Ni-P coated T-ZnO sample with a broad bandwidth of 10.0 GHz (RL < -10 dB) in the frequency range of 4.0-14.0 GHz.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 3
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1463-9076
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 03:46
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2018 10:38
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/32605

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