Inkjet printing of textiles enhanced by sustainable plasma technology

Alka Madhukar Thakker, Danmei Sun, Muhammad Owais Raza Siddiqui

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Plasma technology has paid increased attention for surface modification of various materials for being effective and competitive in imparting surface functionalities, and very importantly it is an environmentally friendly approach. In this chapter, a succinct overview of the technique of low-temperature plasma surface modification (PSM) that can be applied to fabric surfaces before digital inkjet printing will be introduced. PSM of varied textile substrates that enhances the wettability and facilitates the subsequent inkjet printing process of fabrics made of various types of materials will be discussed. Systems of evaluation of changes in surface morphology, absorption, and element content of fabrics due to PSM will be discussed. Plasma-assisted pretreatment of fabrics made of different types of fiber materials, such as polyester, silk, cotton, and wool, can enhance printed color values and fastness properties for inkjet printing with both synthetic and plant-based inks. The employed technology causes no change to the bulk properties of the treated fabrics and benefits the environment by being low on emissions and effluents.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Textile Printing
Subtitle of host publicationScience, Technology and Markets
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780443154140
ISBN (Print)9780443154157
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • contact angle
  • fabric wettability
  • FTIR
  • Inkjet printing of textiles
  • plasma surface modification
  • printing quality
  • scanning electron microscope
  • surface energy
  • XPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Chemical Engineering


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