Inkjet Printing of Self-Assembled Hydrogels for Bionic Devices

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Inkjet printing was used to deposit alternating 100 nm layers of anionic and cationic polymers in order to form self-assembled ionic complexes on flat and fabric substrates. The layers formed are characterized by elemental analysis, microscopy and solubility. As initially deposited, layers are soluble but form insoluble complexes when they are heated and annealed. This approach has been applied to polypeptides, polymer dyes, polymers with nanoparticulate pigments, and hydrogels.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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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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