Compressible polypyrrole aerogel as a lightweight and wideband electromagnetic microwave absorber

  • Lujun Yu
  • Laiming Yu
  • Yubing Dong
  • Yaofeng ZhuEmail author
  • Yaqin Fu
  • Qingqing Ni


Three-dimensional aerogel has been expected to be a promising candidate for lightweight absorber. Here, polypyrrole (PPy) aerogels with elasticity characteristic have been obtained via facile oxidative polymerization and freeze-drying techniques. The low density (54 − 61 mg/cm3) and mechanical strength (15.4 − 18.7 kPa at 50% strain) of the PPy aerogels can be achieved by adjusting the FeCl3/Py molar ratios from 1:1.5 to 1.5:1. And as a microwave absorber for the PPy aerogel (FeCl3/Py = 1:1.5, 10 wt% mixed with paraffin), at the thickness of 2 mm, the minimum reflection loss (RL) could reach − 55 dB at 14 GHz and the efficient bandwidth (RL ≤ − 10 dB, 90% absorption) is 5.5 GHz. Increasing the FeCl3/Py molar ratio to 1:1, the efficient bandwidth of the prepared PPy aerogel expands to 5.6 GHz. The high-performance microwave absorption properties and well mechanical capacities of the PPy aerogels highlight their potential application in the microwave absorbing systems.



This work was supported by Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (No. LY19E030009); National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51503183); Key Program for International Science and Technology Cooperation Projects of Ministry of Science and Technology of China (No. 2016YFE0125900); Program for Innovative Research Team of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (No. 15010039-Y); Excellent Postgraduate Dissertation Cultivation Fund of Zhejiang Sci-Tech University (No. 14090031731802).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lujun Yu
    • 1
  • Laiming Yu
    • 1
  • Yubing Dong
    • 1
  • Yaofeng Zhu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yaqin Fu
    • 1
  • Qingqing Ni
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing TechnologyMinistry of Education, Zhejiang Sci-Tech UniversityHangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Functional Machinery and MechanicsShinshu UniversityTokidaJapan

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