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Wood-derived carbon has a 3D porous framework composed of through channels along the growth direction, which is a suitable matrix for preparing electromagnetic wave (EMW) absorbing materials with low cost, light weight, and environmental friendliness. Herein, the carbonized wood decorated by short cone-like NiCo2O4 (NiCo2O4@CW) with highly ordered straight-channel architecture was successfully manufactured through a facile calcination procedure. The horizontal arrangement of the through channels of NiCo2O4@CW (H-NiCo2O4@CW) exhibits a strong reflection loss value of -64.0 dB at 10.72 GHz with a thickness of 3.62 mm and a low filling ratio of 26 wt% (with the density of 0.98 g·cm-3), and the effective absorption bandwidth (EAB) is 8.08 GHz (9.92-18.0 GHz) at the thickness of 3.2 mm. The excellent microwave absorption (MA) property was ascribed to the ordered-channel structure with abundant interfaces and defects from NiCo2O4@CW, which could promote the interfacial polarization and dipole polarization. What is more, this advantageous structure increased the multiple reflections and scattering. Finite element analysis (FEA) simulation is carried out to detect the interaction between the prepared material and EMW when the ordered channels are arranged in different directions. This research provides a low-cost, sustainable, and environmentally friendly strategy for using carbonized wood to fabricate microwave absorbers with strong attenuation capabilities and light weight.


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Carbonized wood with ordered channels decorated by NiCo2O4 for lightweight and high-performance microwave absorber

Show Author's information Guangyu QIN1Xiaoxiao HUANG1( )Xu YAN2Yunfei HE1Yuhao LIU1Long XIA3( )Bo ZHONG3
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Beijing Institute of Radio Measurement, Beijing 100854, China
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai, Weihai 264009, China

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Wood-derived carbon has a 3D porous framework composed of through channels along the growth direction, which is a suitable matrix for preparing electromagnetic wave (EMW) absorbing materials with low cost, light weight, and environmental friendliness. Herein, the carbonized wood decorated by short cone-like NiCo2O4 (NiCo2O4@CW) with highly ordered straight-channel architecture was successfully manufactured through a facile calcination procedure. The horizontal arrangement of the through channels of NiCo2O4@CW (H-NiCo2O4@CW) exhibits a strong reflection loss value of -64.0 dB at 10.72 GHz with a thickness of 3.62 mm and a low filling ratio of 26 wt% (with the density of 0.98 g·cm-3), and the effective absorption bandwidth (EAB) is 8.08 GHz (9.92-18.0 GHz) at the thickness of 3.2 mm. The excellent microwave absorption (MA) property was ascribed to the ordered-channel structure with abundant interfaces and defects from NiCo2O4@CW, which could promote the interfacial polarization and dipole polarization. What is more, this advantageous structure increased the multiple reflections and scattering. Finite element analysis (FEA) simulation is carried out to detect the interaction between the prepared material and EMW when the ordered channels are arranged in different directions. This research provides a low-cost, sustainable, and environmentally friendly strategy for using carbonized wood to fabricate microwave absorbers with strong attenuation capabilities and light weight.

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microwave absorption (MA), wood-derived carbon, ordered-channel architecture, light weight, finite element analysis (FEA)
Received: 27 April 2021 Revised: 13 June 2021 Accepted: 08 July 2021 Published: 24 December 2021 Issue date: January 2022
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Received: 27 April 2021
Revised: 13 June 2021
Accepted: 08 July 2021
Published: 24 December 2021
Issue date: January 2022

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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, Grant Nos. 51772060, 51372052, and 51621091).

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