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A type of electronic printing ink. Inkjet printers were commercially developed in the 1960s. They use small circular nozzles to spray microscopic droplets of ink onto the paper support. The ink is a dye dissolved in a water solution that can also contain a biocide, buffer solution and chelating agent (Jarry 1999). In general, the dyes have poor lightfastness. Some prints may have a coating with a ultraviolet inhibitor.

Synonyms and Related Terms

electronic printing ink; digigraph; nonimpact printing ink


Other Properties

Soluble in water.

Additional Information

N.Jarry, "Electronic Printing: Inkjet" in Media and Techniques of Works of Art on Paper, New York University Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York, 1999.