Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Horacio Vasquez

Second Advisor

Dr. Laura Benitez

Third Advisor

Dr. Javier Ortega


The Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding Effectiveness (SE) has become one of the important requirements for the devices associated with telecommunication systems consisting of large frequency bands. The degradation of the quality of transmitting signal influenced by frequencies emitting from external sources can be reduced by covering the circuits of the devices by EMI Shielding materials like polymer composites, metal-based nanofiber mats, the metal of oxide films, etc. The investigation strives for the attenuation of EMI by introducing two composite mats from conducting polymer-based, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) coated Nylon 6 nanofiber composites. Two other composite mats are also developed by the Forcespinning® method using sol solution of functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNTs) and magnetite (Fe3O4) into as-prepared polyacrylonitrile (PAN) which is then carbonized at elevated temperature to convert it into carbon nanofiber (CNF). A total of four layers of mats are stacked and compression molded together to develop one multilayered composite (MLC 1). The Fe3O4 has higher magnetic properties which may provide a good magnetic loss effect. The focus is to investigate the synergistic effects between higher magnetic Fe3O4, conductive MWCNTs nanofillers with the dielectric CNF, conducting polymer, and functionalized MWCNTs coated nanofiber composite which can provide information about the dominating mechanism. (Absorption, reflection, or multiple reflections) for EMI SE. The multilayered composite (MLC 2) consisting 8 layers (repeating the stacking sequence again) has given the highest obtained value more than 40 dB EMI SE in the frequency range from 300–500 MHz. The results will bring some findings of optimized materials yielding good EMI SE in lightweight applications.


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