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Combining Inkjet Printing with Emulsion Solvent Evaporation to Pattern Polymeric Particles

Cite this: ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2018, 10, 15, 12317–12322
Publication Date (Web):March 29, 2018
Copyright © 2018 American Chemical Society

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    We demonstrate a concept to produce deposits of polymer in the form of particles by inkjet printing an emulsion in which the discrete phase evaporates preferentially. An oil/water emulsion with polymer contained inside the oil phase is used as ink for printing. Circular deposits of spherical polymer particles with uniform thickness are obtained. The effects of the hydrophobicity of substrates and the physical properties of the oil on the morphology of the deposits are explored. The deposit of aggregated polymeric particles can be transformed into a uniform film by annealing if required. This strategy for the patterning of polymer materials in the form of either particles or a film works for mixtures of polymers and functional cargoes.

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