Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Chemical and Paper Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Margaret K. Joyce

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul D. Fleming III

Third Advisor

Dr. Alexandria Pekarovicova

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


The printing of functional inks on paper offers the possibility of light weight, thin film electronic devices that increase the value of the product and reduce the overall cost of device implementation. One application for such technology is the printing of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags directly to packaging materials. As the functionality of paper increases, an understanding of the base paper and coating layer contributions to the electrical performance of the printed device becomes increasingly important.

In this project, the influence of coating components on the electrical resistivity of a commercially available SBS board was examined. Different coatings were applied to understand the contribution of selected pigments and binders on the electrical resistivity of the chosen substrate. A Keithley 6517A high resistance meter was used to measure the electrical resistivity of the substrates.

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