Mario A. Cruz

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Chemical and Paper Engineering


Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging

First Advisor

Dr. Paul D. Fleming III

Second Advisor

Dr. Alexandra Pekarovicova

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is one of the new technologies with more vision and acceptance oriented to the distribution and storage industries. The RFID is a technology that can be used to identify, track and store information about groups of products, individual items, or product components, using radio waves. The RFID device needs an antenna in order to receive a signal and transmit information. The stamping process applied today to produce the RFID antenna works with foil or copper. These etched metal RFID tags offer good benefits, but the production cost is too high to achieve a widespread implementation. However, with the use of conductive ink to print RFID tags, it is expected that a reduction in production cost to enable broader scale applications will be possible.

To obtain a.suitable implementation of conductive inks in RFID technology it is important to understand the ink/substrate interactions. For this work, the influence of SBS coated board properties on ink conductivity will be studied. With known ink and coated substrate properties, the present work will analyze the effects of coating applicator, coat weight and substrate finished on the electrical properties of ink.