Applied Physics A

, 122:802 | Cite as

Electromagnetic shielding effectiveness and mechanical properties of graphite-based polymeric films

  • G. Kenanakis
  • K. C. Vasilopoulos
  • Z. Viskadourakis
  • N.-M. Barkoula
  • S. H. Anastasiadis
  • M. Kafesaki
  • E. N. Economou
  • C. M. Soukoulis


Modern electronics have nowadays evolved to offer highly sophisticated devices. It is not rare; however, their operation can be affected or even hindered by the surrounding electromagnetic radiation. In order to provide protection from undesired external electromagnetic sources and to ensure their unaffected performance, electromagnetic shielding is thus necessary. In this work, both the electromagnetic and mechanical properties of graphite-based polymeric films are studied. The investigated films show efficient electromagnetic shielding performance along with good mechanical stiffness for a certain graphite concentration. To the best of our knowledge, the present study illustrates for the first time both the electromagnetic shielding and mechanical properties of the polymer composite samples containing graphite filler at such high concentrations (namely 60–70 %). Our findings indicate that these materials can serve as potential candidates for several electronics applications.


Composite Film Polymeric Film Shield Effectiveness Graphite Content Polymer Composite Film 



This work was supported by the European Research Council under ERC Advanced Grant No. 320081 (PHOTOMETA). Work at Ames Laboratory was partially supported by the Department of Energy (Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering) under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358. Financial support by the EU-FET Graphene Flagship (Grant Agreement No: 604391) is also acknowledged. Author Z.V. acknowledges the FP7-REGPOT 2012-2013 (Grand Agreement No 316165). The authors also acknowledge Dr. S. Droulias for the employment of the retrieval method calculating the refractive index n and impedance ζ of the samples and for his useful comments on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Kenanakis
    • 1
  • K. C. Vasilopoulos
    • 1
  • Z. Viskadourakis
    • 2
  • N.-M. Barkoula
    • 3
  • S. H. Anastasiadis
    • 1
    • 4
  • M. Kafesaki
    • 1
    • 5
  • E. N. Economou
    • 1
  • C. M. Soukoulis
    • 1
    • 6
  1. 1.Institute of Electronic Structure and LaserFoundation for Research & Technology-HellasHeraklionGreece
  2. 2.Crete Center for Quantum Complexity and NanotechnologyUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece
  3. 3.Department of Materials EngineeringUniversity of IoanninaIoanninaGreece
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece
  5. 5.Department of Materials Science and TechnologyUniversity of CreteHeraklionGreece
  6. 6.Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Physics and AstronomyIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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