Date of Award
Master of Science
Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging (to 2013)
Dr. Margaret Joyce
Dr. Paul Dan Fleming
Dr. Alexandra Pekarovicova
Masters Thesis-Campus Only
Many organizations around the globe are involved in the research and development of printable displays, batteries, photovoltaics, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and transistor requirements circuits. For the mass production of these devices, printing processes such as gravure, flexography and inkjet are being explored. However, the for printing flexible electronics are more precise as compared to spot or process color printing. Hence, the use of printing processes for these applications necessitates the modification of substrates so as to achieve optimum performance of printed circuits in terms of electrical performance.
Coating formulations using different pigments, pigment-binder ratios and coat weights were studied and coated paper samples were tested for printability and conductivity. Relationships between surface properties and performance of printed traces were analyzed using statistical methods. Results show a considerable relationship between physical properties of the substrate and electrical conductivity.
Chandorkar, Omkar, "Coatings for Printing of Conductive Traces" (2008). Master's Theses. 192.