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Verma, A., Weng, B., Shepherd, R., Fumeaux, C., Truong, V. Tan., Wallace, G. G. & Bates, B. D. (2010). 6 GHz microstrip patch antennas with PEDOT and polypyrrole conducting polymers. Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2010 International Conference on (pp. 329-332). Piscataway, New Jersey, USA: IEEE.


Two 6 GHz microstrip patch antennas made from conducting polymers with relatively low DC conductivity such as PEDOT (10000 S/m) and PPy (2000 S/m) are presented. The performance of these patch antennas is compared with a similar copper patch antenna. The results indicate that it is possible to obtain reasonable performance albeit with modest radiation efficiencies. The PEDOT antenna achieved a maximum gain of 2.2 dB, while the PPy antenna reached a gain of 3.8 dB, as against 6.0 dB for a corresponding Cu patch antenna The results confirm the potential of polymer materials for microwave antennas and suggest that CPs may be of use in other passive microwave circuit applications.



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