Preparation of Reversible Thermochromic Ink for Flexography Printing on Paper and Study its Colorimetric Properties

Journal: Vol.8, No.2, Spring 2015 - Article 7   Pages :  159 Until 168

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Mahboobeh Khanjankhani: Amirkabir University of Technology - Department of Polymer Engineering and Color Technology
Marziyeh Khatibzadeh: Amirkabir University of Technology - Department of Polymer Engineering and Color Technology

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Thermochromic printing inks could be security inks which respond to the color change when are being exposed to different temperatures. These inks with unusual chemical and physical specific characteristics are mostly produced for flexographic, screen and rotogravure printing systems under the supervision of skilled technical experts and with precise security controls. Since flexographic thermochromic inks can be used easily for smart packaging including different substrates, in this study a thermochromic ink was prepared with an activation temperature of 31 °C for flexographic printing. The dynamic colorimetric properties were studied during the range of 28-45 °C temperature. TC contrast and yellowness of TC sample were calculated during heating and cooling.

Thermochromic Ink, Microcapsule, Leuco Dye, Colorimetric, Reversibility, Color Hysteresis.

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