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Inkjet printing as a deposition and patterning tool for polymers and inorganic particles

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Abstract

Inkjet printing is an attractive patterning technology, which has become increasingly accepted for a variety of industrial and scientific applications. This review primarily presents an overview of the investigations that have been conducted since 2003 into inkjet-printing polymers or metal-containing inks and mentions related activities. The first section discusses the droplet-formation process in piezoelectric drop-on-demand printheads and the physical properties that affect droplet formation and the resolution of inkjet-printed features. The second section deals with the issues that arise from printing polymers, such as printability and the output characteristics of devices made by this route. Finally, the challenges and achievements attached to inkjet printing metal-containing inks are discussed before concluding with a few remarks about the future of the field.

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The article was received on 07 Aug 2007, accepted on 19 Nov 2007 and first published on 26 Feb 2008


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B711984D
Citation: Soft Matter, 2008,4, 703-713
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    Inkjet printing as a deposition and patterning tool for polymers and inorganic particles

    E. Tekin, P. J. Smith and U. S. Schubert, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 703
    DOI: 10.1039/B711984D

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