Nanotechnology of Transparent Metals for Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Shielding

Maria Sabrina Sarto, Francesca Sarto, Maria Cristina Larciprete, Michael Scalora, Marcello D'Amore, Concita Sibilia, Mario Bertolotti

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The aim of this paper is to present an innovative one-dimensional photonic bandgap structure on plastic substrate, for electromagnetic field shielding applications in the radio frequency range. A complete study is performed, from material characterization and design, to fabrication and experimental test of a prototype sample consisting of seven alternating zinc oxide and silver (Ag) layers, on Lexan polycarbonate. The transparent metal is designed to obtain high shielding effectiveness (SE), not just as a theoretical prediction, but as experimentally measured according to the standard ASTM-D 4935/89. Actually, the shielding performance of multilayered coatings having similar values of sheet resistance but different design are strongly affected by the bonding conditions. The following properties of the structure, which contains only 66 nm of Ag, are highlighted: 1) it remains transparent in the visible range; 2) it retains the conductivity of bulk metal; 3) it has SE in the 30-kHz to 1-GHz range over 40 dB; 4) the overall thickness of the multilayer shielding coating is 312 nm; and 5) it has been realized on both glass or plastic substrate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586 - 594
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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