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Title: Binder-free highly conductive graphene laminate for low cost printed radio frequency applications

In this paper, we demonstrate realization of printable radio frequency identification (RFID) antenna by low temperature processing of graphene ink. The required ultra-low resistance is achieved by rolling compression of binder-free graphene laminate. With compression, the conductivity of graphene laminate is increased by more than 50 times compared to that of as-deposited one. Graphene laminate with conductivity of 4.3 × 10{sup 4 }S/m and sheet resistance of 3.8 Ω/sq (with thickness of 6 μm) is presented. Moreover, the formation of graphene laminate from graphene ink reported here is simple and can be carried out in low temperature (100 °C), significantly reducing the fabrication costs. A dipole antenna based on the highly conductive graphene laminate is further patterned and printed on a normal paper to investigate its RF properties. The performance of the graphene laminate antenna is experimentally measured. The measurement results reveal that graphene laminate antenna can provide practically acceptable return loss, gain, bandwidth, and radiation patterns, making it ideal for low cost printed RF applications, such as RFID tags and wearable wireless sensor networks.
Authors:
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  1. School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom)
  2. BGT Materials Limited, Photon Science Institute, University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom)
  3. Manchester Centre for Mesoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom)
  4. School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22402469
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Applied Physics Letters; Journal Volume: 106; Journal Issue: 20; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ANTENNAS; DIPOLES; ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT; GRAPHENE; PERFORMANCE; RADIOWAVE RADIATION