Inkjet Printing N* Liquid Crystals onto Textile Substrates

H Owens, C Jones, M Rigout

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Abstract

    The ability of structural colour in nature to produce vibrant optical effects has been of great interest to researchers, particularly in textiles. The conceptof mimicking these as an alternative to traditional textile coloration techniques would be beneficial from an economic and environmental point of view.Traditional textile coloration techniques involve the object being observed absorbing various wavelengths of light through the use of pigments and dyes. Structural colour on the other hand works by the structure of the object scattering or reflecting various wavelengths of light resulting in the observer percieving colour.N* (Cholesteric) liquid crystals (CLCs) produce a wide colour gamut and provide angular colour effects that would be a welcome addition to the Textile Designer. The concept of applying these CLCs to textile fibres has reccently been explored.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventBritish Liquid Crystal Society Conference - Durham
    Duration: 14 Apr 201416 Apr 2014

    Conference

    ConferenceBritish Liquid Crystal Society Conference
    CityDurham
    Period14/04/1416/04/14

    Keywords

    • Inkjet Printing
    • N* Liquid Crystals
    • Textiles

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