Special Issue "Colloids and Interfaces in Printing Technology"

A special issue of Colloids and Interfaces (ISSN 2504-5377).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Edgar Dörsam

Institute of Printing Science and Technology, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt 64289, Germany
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Interests: design of printing machines; development of printing processes; thin liquid films; printable electronics; biosensors; 3D printing in medicine
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. James K. Ferri

Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, USA
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Interests: interfacial phenomena; stability in disperse systems; emulsions; soft materials
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tatiana Gambaryan-Roisman

Institute for Technical Thermodynamics and Center of Smart Interfaces, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Alarich-Weiss-Str. 10, 64287 Darmstadt, Germany
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Interests: heat and mass transfer; phase change; interfacial flow and transport phenomena; complex wetting; thin liquid films; drop evaporation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Printing technology finds applications as an important manufacturing process in numerous industrial areas, from graphical applications and functional printing to 3D printing for additive manufacturing. As the range of substrate materials, printed fluids and process parameters increases, printing technology constantly faces new challenges, a large part of which can be addressed in the realm of colloid and interface science. The relevant issues include the bulk and surface rheology of complex liquids, wetting, spreading and adhesion in complex substrates, imbibition, Marangoni convection, evaporation of drops and films, evaporation of liquids from porous media, and deposition and assembly of (nano)particles.

Prof. Dr. Edgar Dörsam
Prof. Dr. James K. Ferri
Prof. Dr. Tatiana Gambaryan-Roisman
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Printing technology
  • Functional printing
  • 3D printing
  • Complex wetting
  • Drop and film evaporation
  • Particles deposition
  • Complex printing inks
  • Wetting on elastic printing forms
  • Film splitting
  • Multiple layer interactions
  • Leveling and drying mechanisms

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Practical formulation science for particles in inks

Steven Abbott 

Abstract: There is a big gap between idealised colloid science and the needs of a printing ink formulator. This often leads to formulations based on intuition and experience rather than good science. By bringing together the most relevant colloid and interface science with the capabilities of modern apps, it is possible to bridge the gap between theory and reality – to the benefit of both the colloid science community and those who need the science to improve their formulations.

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