Journal article

Inkjet-Printed Multicolor Arrays of Highly Luminescent Nanocrystal-Based Nanocomposites

Inkjet technology is a compelling method for the flexible and cost-effective printing of functional inks. We show that nanocomposite solutions based on polystyrene and differently sized core/shell-type nanocrystals (NCs) formed by a CdSe core coated with a shell of ZnS (CdSe@ZnS) in a single solvent, chloroform, can be reliably dispensed into luminescent,multicolor pixel arrays. This study demonstrates the relevance of parameters like polymer concentration and nozzle diameter, highlighting how the optimal conditions to print NCs embedded in 5 wt% polystyrene nanocomposite are given by a 70-mmdiameter nozzle. The obtained structures show that the bright size- dependent emission of the NCs in the nanocomposite is retained in the printed pixels.

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