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Inkjet Printing of Quantum Dots in Photopolymer for Use in Additive Manufacturing of Nanocomposites

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  • Amelia M. Elliott,

    1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
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    • These two authors contributed equally to this work.
  • Olga S. Ivanova,

    1. Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
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    • These two authors contributed equally to this work.
  • Christopher B. Williams,

    Corresponding author
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
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  • Thomas A. Campbell

    1. Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA
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  • The authors would like to acknowledge the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Polytechnic and State University (Virginia Tech) for the funding of this project. Special thanks to Dr. Kathy Lu and Dr. Roe-Hoan Yoon for the use of their equipment and to their associates Edward Liang and Gwen Davis for the support in using this equipment.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA 24060, USA

Abstract

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Quantum dots (QD) are added to photopolymer inkjet media toward the additive manufacturing of geometrically complex artifacts with unique optical properties. The effects on the rheology and the inkjet printing of the QD on the media are investigated. The figure shows the QD fluorescing within the droplets of the nanocomposites, which were deposited via inkjet printing.

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