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Silver Nanoparticle-Based Inkjet-Printed Metamaterial Absorber on Flexible Paper

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Original languageEnglish
Article number7081367
Pages (from-to)1718-1721
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


In this letter, a novel, flexible inkjet-printed metamaterial absorber is proposed. The unit cell consists of a miniaturized Jerusalem-cross resonator and a completely conductive bottom. Because the conductive patterns are inkjet-printed using silver nanoparticle inks on paper, the proposed metamaterial absorber is flexible. It is also eco-friendly because it does not produce any chemical waste. In this letter, the working principle of the proposed miniaturized unit cell is explained, and parametric simulations are described. The inkjet-printing process is delineated, and the silver nanoparticle inks and paper used are characterized. The performance of the proposed absorber is demonstrated with a full-wave simulation and measurements at the X-band. The experimental results show that the absorption rate at 9.09 GHz is greater than 99% at the normal incidence. Angular and polarization insensitivity are also experimentally demonstrated.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Absorber, electric LC resonator (ELC), flexibility and polarization independent, inkjet-printing technology, metamaterial, paper substrate, Silver nanoparticle ink