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The Challenges of Printing Functional Materials on Cellulose Based Substrates

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Cellulous substrates offer flexible character; they are cost-effective, readily available and are environmentally friendly. However, using paper as a substrate for printed electronics might be a challenging task. In this work, various paper substrates were employed as a base for printing of conductive and semiconductive materials including conductive polymer (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrene-sulfonate), commonly known as PEDOT-PSS, and poly 3-hexylthiophene semiconductor. These materials were printed using a piezoelectric inkjet printer and printed features were evaluated in terms of print quality and electrical performance. Paper substrate properties were characterized using standard methods. The most critical substrate and ink properties are presented and their influence on the printability and electrical performance are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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