Thermochromic Paper (Magenta)

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Thermochromic Paper (Magenta)
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This translucent fibrous paper square was created as part of a research project designed to make heat-sensitive paper react to different ranges of temperature. It was made in a series of mouth-watering colours; this one is magenta, flaring to a pale pinky-salmon when exposed to heat. If you rest your hand on it for even a millisecond, a faint imprint of your palm will appear in pink. 

The paper is impregnated with a solution of micro-capsules containing a colour-changing substance called a leuco dye. They also contain acids, which, when exposed to heat, react and become temporarily colourless, reverting to colour when cooled. This dye was memorably demonstrated in the 1990s range of Global Hyper-colour T-shirts, which looked great until you started sweating and revealed armpits of bright contrasting colours.

Thermochromic paper is more familiar to us as fax paper or till roll for receipts. Thin and waxy feeling, this white paper is especially impregnated or coated with the leuco dye and a different type of acid, and is passed through a printer with a special thermo print head. The resulting print should then be stable at any temperature, but in reality the dye eventually prefers its colourless state. These thermochromic papers have improved, but if you’ve kept an important fax or receipts from the 1990s that are now completely blank, you’ll see what I mean.

Sample ID: 443


Dr. Zane Berzina
Colour Change | Flat | Heat-sensitive | Pink | Sheet | Temperature | Thermochromic | Translucent

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