In order to develop a nanocomposite film based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as an electromagnetic wave shielding material, we propose a solvent-free melting process for fabricating highly dispersed MWCNT-filled polymer composite films with high electrical conductivity and electromagnetic interference (EMI)-shielding properties. By observing aggregates (particles larger than 0.7 μm) using X-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT), the uniform dispersion of the MWCNT fillers in the composite films was confirmed. Furthermore, the electrical conductivity and EMI shielding effectiveness (SE) values calculated using percolation and Simon's equations, respectively, were confirmed to agree with experimental data, indicating excellent MWCNT dispersion. The fabricated composites exhibited excellent electrical conductivity, EMI SE, and EMI specific SE (SSE) values of 4.33 S/cm, 30 dB, and of 24.8 dBcm3g−1, respectively, and the EMI SSE value was as good as metal levels. The proposed solvent-free process can be contributed to the commercialization of EMI SE composite films based on MWCNTs.
- Carbon nanotube
- Cyclic butylene terephthalate