Autumn Wyatt, Dixie State University
The process of creating conductive paint, done by mixing water-based acrylic paint with a conductive substrate, typically has used graphite as a substrate. While graphite has been investigated by many research groups, the optimal conditions for embedding graphite into the paint matrix needs more investigation. Our research focuses on wood sourced charcoal as the source for the graphite substrate, an affordable and simple methodology. We explored the ratio of substrate to matrix, substrate sources, and substrate particle size to determine what might produce the best conductive paint.