© 1991

High-Technology Applications of Organic Colorants


Part of the Topics in Applied Chemistry book series (TAPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Historical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Peter Gregory
      Pages 1-3
  3. Colorants for Electronics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-6
    2. Peter Gregory
      Pages 7-13
    3. Peter Gregory
      Pages 15-25
    4. Peter Gregory
      Pages 27-32
    5. Peter Gregory
      Pages 33-43
    6. Peter Gregory
      Pages 45-52
    7. Peter Gregory
      Pages 53-56
  4. Colorants for Reprographics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-58
    2. Peter Gregory
      Pages 59-122
    3. Peter Gregory
      Pages 123-173
    4. Peter Gregory
      Pages 175-205
    5. Peter Gregory
      Pages 207-212
  5. Future Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Peter Gregory
      Pages 215-253
    3. Peter Gregory
      Pages 255-272
    4. Peter Gregory
      Pages 273-283
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-293

About this book


The traditional use of organic colorants is to impart color to a substrate such as textiles, paper, plastics, and leather. However, in the last five years or so organic colorants have become increasingly important in the high­ technology (hi-tech) industries of electronics and particularly reprographics. In some of these reprographics applications the organic colorant is used in its traditional role of imparting color to a substrate, typically paper or plastic. Examples are dyes for ink-jet printing, thermally transferable dyes for thermal transfer printing, and dyes and pigments for colored toners in photocopiers and laser printers. In other applications it is a special effect of an organic colorant that is utilized, not its color. Examples are electrical effects, such as photoconduction and the electrostatic charging of toners, both of which are essential features for the operation of photocopiers and laser printers, and the selective absorption of infrared radiation, which is utilized in optical data storage. In electronic applications the organic colorant is often employed in a device. Typical examples include liquid crystal dyes, laser dyes, electro­ chromic dyes, dyes for solar cells, dyes for micro color filters, and dyes for nonlinear optical applications.


Pigment absorption electronics laser optical data storage research

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Specialties Research Centre ICI SpecialtiesImperial Chemical Industries PLCBlackley, ManchesterEngland

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