Karam Sapra | Amity International School
The world is currently facing the crisis of global warming due to multiple factors, one of them being automotive emissions, according to reports almost 4.6 metric tons of carbon is released into the atmosphere every year just by automotive exhausts. This leads to an increase in the amount of carbon in the atmosphere thus increasing air pollution. With the dangerous air coming out from the car exhaust, a black powder-like particle called soot is released into the air by automotive vehicles. This soot is seen as a waste product, but it can be collected easily from these exhausts, and trapped so that it does not merge with other atmospheric gasses. These soot particles can further be used to create ink, printer ink, and paint. In this work, we introduce a novel method of conversion of soot to ink and paint. The ink is made by mixing carbon soot particles and isopropyl alcohol in linseed oil, which is the main solvent, while resin and hardener are used for creating paint. The calculated density of ink made from Soot is approximately 0.92 g/mL, which is comparable to normal ink. Approximately 3 grams of soot was used to create 150mL of the formulated ink, which cost 39 Rupees.