Inkjet-printed polyvinyl alcohol multilayers
Inkjet printing is a modern method for polymer processing, and in this work, we demonstrate that this technology is capable of producing polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) multilayer structures. A polyvinyl alcohol aqueous solution was formulated. The intrinsic properties of the ink, such as surface tension, viscosity, pH, and time stability, were investigated. The PVOH-based ink was a neutral solution (pH 6.7) with a surface tension of 39.3 mN/m and a viscosity of 7.5 cP. The ink displayed pseudoplastic (non-Newtonian shear thinning) behavior at low shear rates, and overall, it demonstrated good time stability. The wettability of the ink on different substrates was investigated, and glass was identified as the most suitable substrate in this particular case. A proprietary 3D inkjet printer was employed to manufacture polymer multilayer structures.The morphology, surface profile, and thickness uniformity of inkjet-printed multilayers were evaluated via optical microscopy.
Citation:Salaoru, I. et al. (2017) Inkjet-printed polyvinyl alcohol multilayers. JOVE, (in production)
Research Group:Emerging Technologies Research Centre