Special Issue "Inkjet Printing of Nanomaterials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Rumen I. Tomov

University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Interests: Nanomaterials; Material Characterization; Printed Electronics; Ink Printing Technology; Thin Films and Nanotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Inkjet printing is an enabling manufacturing tool for commercialization of nanomaterials in various devices, including fuel cells, batteries, supercapacitors, thin-film photovoltaics and transistors, sensors, etc. In recent years, significant advances have been made in the functionalization of printable nanomaterials in areas where conventional manufacturing methods became inapplicable. Inkjet printing is a cost effective non-contact technique utilizing surfaces with different degree of flatness. A common feature in all type of jetting technologies is the ability to dispense controllably drops in the range of pico- to nano- litter volumes at high rates (kHz). It allows precise uniformity control and introduces the possibility of printing 2D and 3D patterns. Inkjet printing systems offer a wide scale of application: From experimental platforms working with customized inks, up to mass manufacturing systems that can print rapidly and competitively on industrial scale. The technology is environmentally friendly due to waste minimization of the expensive precursors.

Dr. Rumen I. Tomov
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • inkjet printing
  • nanomaterials
  • energy devices
  • commercialization
  • 2D and 3D patterns

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Open AccessArticle Efficient Inkjet Printing of Graphene-Based Elements: Influence of Dispersing Agent on Ink Viscosity
Nanomaterials 2018, 8(8), 602; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano8080602
Received: 10 July 2018 / Revised: 20 July 2018 / Accepted: 27 July 2018 / Published: 8 August 2018
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Abstract
Inkjet printing is an excellent printing technique and an attractive alternative to conventional technologies for the production of flexible, low-cost microelectronic devices. Among many parameters that have a significant impact on the correctness of the printing process, the most important is ink viscosity.
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Inkjet printing is an excellent printing technique and an attractive alternative to conventional technologies for the production of flexible, low-cost microelectronic devices. Among many parameters that have a significant impact on the correctness of the printing process, the most important is ink viscosity. During the printing process, the ink is influenced by different strains and forces, which significantly change the printing results. The authors present a model and calculations referring to the shear rate of ink in an inkjet printer nozzle. Supporting experiments were conducted, proving the model assumptions for two different ink formulations: initial ink and with the addition of a dispersing agent. The most important findings are summarized by the process window regime of parameters, which is much broader for the inks with a dispersing agent. Such inks exhibit preferable viscosity, better print-ability, and higher path quality with lower resistivity. Presented results allow stating that proper, stable graphene inks adjusted for inkjet technique rheology must contain modifiers such as dispersing agents to be effectively printed. Full article
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