Microwave absorbing properties of structural nanocomposites with surface treated Co ferrite nanoparticles as filler
Conference contribution, 2010

An analysis of the microwave absorbing properties of several polymer-(epoxy) based nanocomposites is presented. The nanoparticles of interest for this study were cobalt ferrite nanoparticles. For better dispersion of the nanoparticles in the polymer matrix surface treatment of the nanoparticles with silane compounds was performed. The nanoparticles were surface-treated with 3-glycidoxypropyl- (GPTMS), aminopropyl- (APTMS) or methyl-silsesquioxane (MTMS). The nanoparticles with GPTMS-coating dispersed well in epoxy without sedimentation while the other nanoparticles formed agglomerates in epoxy. The GPTMS-based composites showed higher fracture toughness than the MTMS-based composites. The microwave properties, permittivity and permeability, of GPTMS-based composites were measured in the frequency range between 3.95 GHz and 18 GHz and showed no influence of surface treatment on permeability.


Absorption properties


Surface treatment




Anna Jänis

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

R. T. Olsson

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

S.J. Savage

Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)

Uta Klement

Chalmers, Materials and Manufacturing Technology, Surface and Microstructure Engineering

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

0277786X (ISSN)

Vol. 7644 76441E

Subject Categories

Materials Engineering