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Materials 2016, 9(11), 910; doi:10.3390/ma9110910

Inkjet Printing of Functional Materials for Optical and Photonic Applications

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Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA), CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, C./Pedro Cerbuna 12, Zaragoza 50009, Spain
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BSH, Polígono Industrial de PLA-ZA, Ronda del Canal Imperial de Aragón, 18-20, Zaragoza 50197, Spain
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Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales y Fluidos, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón (ICMA), CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, C./María de Luna 3, Zaragoza 50018, Spain
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Received: 21 September 2016 / Revised: 26 October 2016 / Accepted: 4 November 2016 / Published: 10 November 2016

Abstract

Inkjet printing, traditionally used in graphics, has been widely investigated as a valuable tool in the preparation of functional surfaces and devices. This review focuses on the use of inkjet printing technology for the manufacturing of different optical elements and photonic devices. The presented overview mainly surveys work done in the fabrication of micro-optical components such as microlenses, waveguides and integrated lasers; the manufacturing of large area light emitting diodes displays, liquid crystal displays and solar cells; as well as the preparation of liquid crystal and colloidal crystal based photonic devices working as lasers or optical sensors. Special emphasis is placed on reviewing the materials employed as well as in the relevance of inkjet in the manufacturing of the different devices showing in each of the revised technologies, main achievements, applications and challenges. View Full-Text
Keywords: inkjet printing; functional materials; optical applications; photonic devices; microlenses; OLEDs; solar cells; liquid crystals; colloidal crystals; sensors inkjet printing; functional materials; optical applications; photonic devices; microlenses; OLEDs; solar cells; liquid crystals; colloidal crystals; sensors
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Alamán, J.; Alicante, R.; Peña, J.I.; Sánchez-Somolinos, C. Inkjet Printing of Functional Materials for Optical and Photonic Applications. Materials 2016, 9, 910.

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