Recent alumni of Packaging Science (MS) program wins poster competition at national conference

Alexandra Hartman, a December 2011 Clemson graduate, recently won the graduate student poster competition at the FlexTech Alliance 2012 Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition in Phoenix, AZ for her work on ink formulations for printing. The 2012 Flex Conference shares the “latest technical and market advances in flexible, printed, and organic electronics and displays. Attendees span the roles of technical, marketing, product development, manufacturing, executive and business planning functions”.

The research for the poster was done as part of her master’s thesis project for the Packaging Science M.S. program, which was done under the guidance of Dr. Duncan Darby. Her winning poster, titled, “Printing Carbon Nanotube Based Supercapacitors for Packaging,” focused on improving ink formulation for a supercapacitor assembly press. “What made this research unique was employing the use of ionic liquids and carbon nanotubes,” Alexandra explains. “Ionic liquids lend the ability to tailor make the supercapacitor performance to fit its application, and carbon nanotubes have better electrical transport properties than activated carbon/charcoal (which is predominately used in supercapacitor assemblies today)”.

Alexandra is currently employed by Nth Degree Technologies as a Research and Development Print Engineer in Tempe, AZ. She received her undergraduate degree in Graphic Communication from Clemson in 2009.

Alexandra receiving award
Alexandra Hartmann receiving award from Michael Ciesinksi,
CEO of FlexTech Alliance.