Alex Tullman


Faculty Advisor: Ian Lightcap

Can coating power transmission lines with graphene increase conduction efficiency?

This current research project is looking primarily to discover whether decreases in absorptivity, increases in emissivity, and increases in conductive efficiency can be achieved by utilization of a graphene-based coating on aluminum wires. During the 2020-21 Winter Session, experimental design was completed and coating aluminum strips began. After coating the strip, some preliminary experiments were completed to test emissivity and had promising early results, even without an ideal coating and testing environment. The current goal is to discover the best parameters for coating (polish of the aluminum, voltage for EPD, length of EPD, number of electrodes, electrolyte solution). The long-term goal is to create intellectual property surrounding the conductive properties, method of application, and emissivity and absorptivity.