Title

An investigation on granular-nanocomposite-based giant magnetoresistance (GMR) sensor fabrication

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

11-2-2007

Abstract

The magnetoresistance behavior of the polyurethane composites reinforced with iron nanoparticles which has been heat treated was reported. The flexible nanocomposites were fabricated by the surface-initiated-polymerization (SIP) method. The uniformly distributed nanoparticles within the polymer matrix, well characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, favor a continuous carbon matrix formation after annealing, rendering the transition from insulating to conductive composites. The coercive forces reflect strong particle loading and matrix dependent magnetic properties. The obtained nanocomposites possess fairly good giant magnetoresistance (MR), with a MR of 7.3% at room temperature and 14 % at 130 K. Furthermore, the formed carbon matrix has a 7 wt.% argon adsorption potential for fuel cell applications.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering

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