Self-healing superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride/Fe3O4@ polypyrrole fiber with core-sheath structures for superior microwave absorption

Self-healing superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride/Fe3O4@polypyrrole (F-PVDF/Fe3O4@PPyx ) fibers with core-sheath structure were successfully fabricated by electrospinning of a PVDF/Fe3O4 mixture and in situ chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrrole, followed by chemical vapor deposition with fluoroalkyl silane. The F-PVDF/Fe3O4@PPy0.075 fiber film produces a superhydrophobic surface with self-healing behavior, which can repetitively and automatically restore superhydrophobicity when the surface is chemically damaged. Moreover, the maximum reflection loss (RL) of the F-PVDF/Fe3O4@PPy0.075 fiber film reaches -21.5 dB at 16.8 GHz and the RL below -10 dB is in the frequency range of 10.6-16.5 GHz with a thickness of 2.5 mm. The microwave absorption performance is attributed to the synergetic effect between dielectric loss and magnetic loss originating from PPy, PVDF and Fe3O4. As a consequence, preparing such F-PVDF/Fe3O4@PPyx fibers in this manner provides a simple and effective route to develop multi-functional microwave absorbing materials for practical applications.

Li, Yunan, Yong Zhao, Xianyong Lu, Ying Zhu, Lei Jiang

Nano Res.





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