Ti3SiC2-based inks for direct ink-jet printing technology

Mylena M.M. Carrijo, Laura G. Caro, Hannes Lorenz, Peter Greil, Nahum Travitzky, Carlos R. Rambo

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In this work a novel aqueous Ti3SiC2 suspension for use as an ink for direct ceramic ink-jet printing technology was formulated and investigated. In order to obtain a suitable Ti3SiC2 particle size for printing, a high energy milling process was applied. Zeta potential and rheological analysis were carried out to achieve stabilization of the inks. The range of printability was calculated by the inverse of the Ohnesorge number (Z). Polyethylenimine (PEI) was used as a dispersant and glycerol was used to adjust the viscosity. Thus, an aqueous suspension containing 0.05 vol% Ti3SiC2, 2 wt% PEI, and 40 wt% glycerol at pH 4.3 and with a Z-value of 11 was obtained. For printing evaluation, the ink was printed onto a glass substrate. The drop formation through the piezoelectric printer nozzle and the drop deposition were also evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)820-824
Number of pages5
JournalCeramics International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Direct ink-jet printing
  • Ink printability
  • MAX phases
  • Titanium silicon carbide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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