Formation and Defining the Different Aluminium Oxide Microstructures in Alkaline Solutions

  • S. Mahovic Poljacek
  • T. Cigula
  • M. Gojo
Symposium MS08: Microforming and nanostructured materials


The formation of different aluminium oxide microstructures on the offset printing plate during the plate making process influences the plate’s ability to adsorb and repel fluids. Adsorbing and repelling of the fountain solution and ink during the offset printing process have major influence on the plate’s stability and print quality. The aim of this research was to define the micro structural changes in the aluminium oxide layer during the plate making process, their influence on the surface free energy of the oxide, as well as contact angles of the adsorbed fluids.

Key words

Microstructure Aluminium oxide SEM analysis Surface free energy Contact angle 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Graphic ArtsUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

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