Printing on Polymers: Fundamentals and Applications is the first authoritative reference covering the most important developments in the field of printing on polymers, their composites, nanocomposites, and gels.
The book examines the current state-of-the-art and new challenges in the formulation of inks, surface activation of polymer surfaces, and various methods of printing. The book equips engineers and materials scientists with the tools required to select the correct method, assess the quality of the result, reduce costs, and keep up-to-date with regulations and environmental concerns.
Choosing the correct way of decorating a particular polymer is an important part of the production process. Although printing on polymeric substrates can have desired positive effects, there can be problems associated with various decorating techniques. Physical, chemical, and thermal interactions can cause problems, such as cracking, peeling, or dulling. Safety, environmental sustainability, and cost are also significant factors which need to be considered.
With contributions from leading researchers from industry, academia, and private research institutions, this book serves as a one-stop reference for this field-from print ink manufacture to polymer surface modification and characterization; and from printing methods to applications and end-of-life issues.
Professor Sabu Thomas is Professor of Polymer Science & Technology and Honorary Director of the International and Inter University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, at the School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, India. He is a prolific researcher, with 420 international papers, 6122 total citations, 2 patents, 18 books and a total of over 625 publications to his name, and is listed as one of the most productive researchers in India by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Prof. Thomas is a recognized authority in the field of polymer-based materials, and established the state-of-the-art lab in polymer science and nanotechnology at Mahatma Gandhi University. He has been a visiting professor at many polymer research laboratories in Europe and Asia.
1. Printing on Polymers: Theory and Practice 2. Polymeric Materials: Structure, Properties and Applications 3. Design of Printing Ink Formulations 4. Additives for Ink Manufacture 5. Advanced Nanoscale Materials for Ink Manufacture 6. Rheology of Printing Inks 7. Plasma Assisted Polymer Surface Modifications 8. Corona Treatment of Polymer Surfaces 9. Chemical Modification of Polymer Surfaces 10. Other Methods of Polymer Surfaces Modifications 11. Flexographic Printing 12. Gravure Printing 13. Offset Printing 14. Inkjet Printing 15. Screen Printing 16. Pad Printing 17. Stamping 18. 3D Printing 19. Other Printing Techniques 20. Theory, Modelling and Simulation of Printing 21. Characterisation of Colorimetric Aspects of Print Quality 22. Characterisation of Mechanical Properties of Prints 23. Ageing and Degradation of Printed Materials 24. Applications of Printed Materials 25. Safety and Environmental Aspects of Polymer Printing 26. Recyclability and Life Cycle Analysis of Printed Materials