Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 8, Issue 1–3, pp 1093–1097

Continuous ink-jet printing using sol-gel “Ceramic” inks

  • A. Atkinson
  • J. Doorbar
  • A. Hudd
  • D. L. Segal
  • P. J. White


Although sol-gel processing is under intense world-wide investigation, the vast majority of interest in this technique is concerned with synthesis of engineering ceramics. Sol-gel has not been widely applied to the preparation of materials for use in conventional ceramics, such as tiles and tableware. This paper describes a novel application of aqueous sol-gel processing in which sol-gel based inks are used to decorate ceramic articles by continuous ink-jet printing. These inks contain major components of the colour for ceramic decoration in the form of a colloidal aqueous sol which dries to a gel after printing and is then converted to the coloured decoration on firing. The ink can be printed directly onto the ceramic, or printed onto paper and applied as a gel transfer. The key properties in formulating the inks are addressed and experiments are described that demonstrate this process. Its potential advantages over conventional decorating methods are discussed.


aqueous sol-gel ceramic decoration ink-jet printing ceramic pigments ceramic coatings 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Atkinson
    • 1
  • J. Doorbar
    • 2
  • A. Hudd
    • 3
  • D. L. Segal
    • 1
  • P. J. White
    • 4
  1. 1.AEA TechnologyDidcotUK
  2. 2.H&R Johnson Tiles Ltd.Stoke-on-TrentUK
  3. 3.Domino Amjet Ltd.CambridgeUK
  4. 4.Portmeirion Potteries Ltd.Stoke-on-TrentUK
  5. 5.Department of MaterialsImperial CollegeLondonUK

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