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United States Patent New York No Drawing. Filed Apr. 2, 1962, Ser. No. 1845M 16 Claims. (Cl. 96-1) This invention relates in general to xerography and in particular to xerographic plates and a xerographic process using such plates. More specifically, the invention relates to a new xerographic process utilizing a xerographic member comprising a relatively conductive backing, having on at least one surface thereof a substantially uncovered coating of a finely ground photoconductive material dispersed in a high resistance inorganic vitreous binder.
In the xerographic process as described in US. 2,297,- 691 to C. F. Carlson, a base plate of relatively low electrical resistance such as metal, paper, etc., having a photoconductive insulating surface coated thereon, is electrostatically charged in the dark. The charged coating is then exposed to a light image. The charges leak off rapidly to the base plate in proportion to the intensity of light to which any given area is exposed being substantially retained in non-exposed areas. After such exposure the coating is contacted with electrostatic marking particles in the dark. These particles adhere to the areas where the electrostatic charges remain, forming a powder image corresponding to the electrostatic image. The powder image can then be transferred to a sheet of transfer material, resulting in a positive or negative print, as the case may be, having excellent detail and quality. Alternatively, where the base plate is relatively inexpensive, as of paper, it may be desirable to fix the powder image directly to the plate itself.
As discussed in Carlson, photoconductive insulating coatings comprise anthracene, sulfur or various mixtures of these materials such as sulfur with selenium, etc., to thereby form uniform amorphous coatings on the base material. These materials have a sensitivity largely limited to the shorter Wave lengths and have a further limitation of being only slightly light-sensitive. Consequently, there has been an urgent need for improved photoconductive insulating materials.
The discovery of the photoconductive insulating properties of highly purified vitreous selenium has resulted in this material becoming the standard in commercial xerography. The photographic speed of this material is many times that of the prior art photoconductive insulating materials. However, vitreous selenium suffers from two serious defects: (1) its spectral response is very largely limited to the blue or near ultra-violet; and (2) the preparation of uniform films of vitreous selenium has required highly involved and critical processes, particularly processes involving the preparation of extremely clean and uniform substrates and vacuum evaporation techniques. This, together with the high cost of selenium itself has led, by commercial necessity, to the use of selenium xerographic plates in repetitive processing cycles, that is, it required that the selenium plate be re-used many times in the xerographic process, so that the cost per copy of such a plate may be a reasonably small figure. Under conditions of optimum use a vitreous selenium plate can be used to prepare 100,000 or even more copies before it deteriorates to the point of unsatisfactory image formation. Under other conditions far fewer copies can be made.
The deterioration observed in selenium plates follows from the mechanical abrasion attendant to the developing process and the cleaning step wherein a rapidly rotating fur brush contacts the selenium surface to remove from the surface any developer particles adhering thereto after the transfer step. In addition to mechanical abrasion, the heat to which the plate is subjected both by virtue of the friction involved in the various processing steps and, more important, by the propinquity of heat fusing devices generally located (by engineering necessity) in close proximity to the xerographic drum in commercial machines.
In US. 2,663,636, Arthur Middleton disclosed various methods and means whereby any photoconductive insulating material in an insulating resin binder can be formed into an operable xerographic plate. This discovery greatly simplified the procedures for the preparation of xerographic plates and in particular eliminated the necessity for vacuum evaporation processes and for careful cleaning of the substrate.
Following this Dr. Middleton, together with Mr. Reynolds, found that a xerographic plate can be prepared by intimately mixing together a photoconductive material with a high resistance binder, the photoconductive material containing a metallic ion-containing inorganic crystalline compound having electrons in the non-conductive energy level activatable by illumination to a different energy level whereby an electric charge is free to migrate under an applied electric field.
This invention is disclosed in detail in co-pending application of Middleton and Reynolds, S.N. 668,165, filed June 26, 1957, now US. Patent 3,121,006. An essential element of this invention was the recognition that photoconductive materials could be employed having substantially lower resistivities than heretofore required. Thus, whereas prior to the work of Middleton and Reynolds it was understood that a xerographic coating must comprise a photoconductive insulator meaning a material which it self could both support an electrostatic charge in the dark and disperse the charge upon exposure to light, these workers recognized for the first time that these were necessary properties only of the composite layer of pigment and binder, and that the individual pigment materials utilized in such structures must be photoconductive as previously described, but may possess a much wider range of resistivity than had been previously recognized and still be operable in a xerographic binder plate. In particular, materials having too low a resistivity to support an electrostatic charge in the dark when applied as a homogeneous layer to a conductive backing can be admixed with an electrically insulating binder and still function in the xerographic process.
The use of a binder did not extend the limits of the xerographic process to the point where all photoconductive, semi-conductors and similar materials could be utilized in the preparation of xerographic binder plates, i.e., it was still essential that the finely-divided photoconductive material incorporated in the binder have a resistivity in the range normally associated with insulators but no longer limited to the extremes of resistivity as had previously been the case. Further, by the use of metallic ion-containing compounds, Middleton and Reynolds taught that such materials by reason of their ability to vary both overall sensitivity and spectral response as by adding additional ions to the lattice (i.e., doping) or by creating deficient states therein, so that the electronic structure is modified, permitted one to alter the photoconductive properties of the compound. Thus, the flexibility of preparation discovered by Middleton, Middleton and Reynolds contributed a vastly wider range of materials than heretofore and further taught that the preferred subclass of these materials could be modified so as to obtain virtually any desired spectral response and/ or speed in the resulting Xerographic plate.
These plates, i.e., the binder plates of Middleton and Reynolds, in general possessed physical properties inferior to vitreous selenium plates, i.e., those pigments or photoconductive materials possessing optimum photographic speed and spectral response were equally expensive as vitreous selenium, while the resulting resin-pigment layers generally lacked the physical hardness for use under long processing cycles under the conditions existing in commercial xerographic machines as above described.
For several years now there have been known or available electroluminescent cells, photocells, and other devices of similar structure comprising a phosphor or photoconductive material embedded in a glass binder and having a conductive electrode on each surface thereof, so that a current may be passed through the glass-phosphor combination. Such devices are described for example in US. 2,930,999 to J. G. Van Santen et al.; US. 2,993,001 to Schonebarger; US. 2,689,188 to Hushley and US. 2,937,- 353 to Wasserman. These devices, requiring an ohmic contact with conductive electrodes on each side of the layer, are antithetical to the properties of a xerographic plate which requires a blocking contact on one surface and a free surface on the other for the formation and utilization of a stable electrostatic image and which further requires resistivities many orders of magnitude higher than are tolerable in a photocell and the ability to accept a substantial charge by corona deposition. Accordingly, such layers have not heretofore been suitable for use in xerography.
I have now found that xerographic plates having a structure similar to the binder plates of Middleton and Middleton and Reynolds, as discussed above, may be prepared from the photoconductive materials known to those skilled in the art by mixing such finely divided photoconductive insulating materials with a glass enamel and fusing the enamel to a conductive backing to form a uniform layer of the photoconductive particles embedded in the glass binder, provided certain restrictions hereinafter described are obeyed.
The base or backing material used in preparing xerographic binder plates according to the invention provides physical support for a photoconductive insulating layer and also acts as an electrical ground thereby permitting the photoconductive layer to receive an electrostatic charge in the dark and permitting the charges to migrate when exposed to light. It is evident that a wide variety of materials may be used, for example, metal surfaces such as aluminum, brass, stainless steel, copper, nickel, zinc, etc.; conductively coated glass as tin or indium oxidecoated glass, aluminum-coated glass, etc.; under certain conditions, as at higher temperatures, common plate glass has a sufiiciently low resistivity to act as a ground plane. In general, to act as a ground plane as described herein, a backing material may have a surprisingly high resistivity such as or 10 ohms-cm. The material must, how ever, be capable of withstanding the temperatures required for fusing the glass enamel.
The photoconductive materials useful in the instant invention are any of those materials disclosed in the prior art as useful in xerographic binder plates. A thorough discussion of these materials is given in S.N. 668,165, and is incorporated herein. In general, as there stated,
a material is considered a photoconductor suitable for use in a binder plate if it shows a resistivity in the dark above about 10 ohms-cm. and a lower resistivity when exposed to light. Generally, photoconductive materials are described as being characterized by having electrons in the non-conductive energy level (valence band) activatable by illumination to a different energy level (con duction band), whereby an electric charge is free to migrate under an applied electric field in the order of at least 10 volts per cm. In general the composite resistivity of the photoconductive material in the binder in the case of the instant invention should be at least about 10 ohms-cm. in the absence of illumination. The materials which have been found useful in xerographic binder plates include without limitation calcium-strontium sulfide, zinc sulfide, zinc oxide, zinc selenide, cadmium sulfide, cadmium selenide, mercuric sulfide, antimony sulfide, arsenic sulfide, lead monoxide, gallium selenide, indium sulfide, arsenic selenide, mercuric oxide, titanium dioxide, zinc titanate, zinc-magnesium oxide, zinc silicate, red lead, etc.
A particularly preferred class of photoconductive compounds are those metallic ion-containing inorganic compounds termed phosphors. By the term phosphors as used herein is meant not only those metallic ion-containing inorganic compounds which inherently or by virtue of particular methods of preparation, doping, etc., display photoluminescence when exposed to low energy photons, that is visible light or ultraviolet light, but any substance capable of luminescence. Luminescence is not, per se, desirable in this invention but is frequently associated with photoconductivity. Particularly preferred materials are appropriately doped chalcogenides of zinc and cadmium and, even more particularly, the sulfides and selenides of these metals either as mixed sulfides and selenides of zinc and/ or cadmium, as a mixed zinc and cadmium sulfide or selenide or as simple compounds.
Suitable photoconductive materials are available from various sources. They are often sold specifically as pigments, photoconductors, or phosphors. A suitable zinc oxide material, for example, is available from the New Jersey Zinc Company as Florence Green Seal No. 8. Suitable activated cadmium sulfide photoconductor materials are available from Radio Corporation of America as F-2l03 and F-2lll. A suitable luminescent grade cadmium sulfide is also available from the General Electric Company as type 1188-2 and from Sylvania Electric Products. These materials are generally doped with an activator such as copper or silver and a co-activator such as chlorine in order to achieve maximum photosensitivity. If suitably doped materials are not available they may be prepared by diffusing the activators into the basic materials under high temperature vacuum conditions or in a high temperature and pressure hydrothermal process. Further information on doping procedures may be found in US. Patent 2,876,202 and in the RCA Review for March 1959.
Cadmium sulfoselenides are useful materials in the present invention and may be purchased or prepared. A bright orange red pigment F-14854 and a maroon pigment 1 -14857 from the Ferro Corporation are very suitable. They are known as cadmium oxide colors in the enamelling trade but are actually cadmium sulfoselenides. They also include substantial amounts of a glassy phase including A1 0 and S 0 These additional constituents appear to be beneficial rather than detrimental since they increase the compatibility of the pigment with glassy binder materials. Cadmium sulfoselenides may also be prepared by reacting elemental selenium with cadmium sulphide or by reacting sulphur and selenium with CdCO In a preferred method a mixture of about 4- parts cadmium sulfide to 1 part selenium is sealed in a glass container having a small vent opening and is heated to about 480 C. Another preferred method is to sinter a mixture of finely divided Q15 and CdSe in the presence of a small percentage of cadmium chloride as a flux.
In general there are three types of oxides used in making frits: acidic, basic and neutral or amphoteric. The acidic oxides, mainly SiO and P are network forming and raise viscosity and melting point when in excess. Less acidic or neutral oxides, such as B 0 Sb O and AS203, do not raise viscosity and melting point; in fact, B 0 actually lowers viscosity. The basic oxides such as N320, CaO, K 0, MgO, BaO, P130, ZnO and 010 are network stoppers and they lower viscosity and melting point by making the glass network of oxygen bridges less extensive. ZnO also appears to render frits compatible with cadmium sulfoselenide pigments. Fluoride is a unique acidic constituent with its voscosity lowering property. Silica, the least soluble glass, also has the highest viscosity or softening point. As basic oxides are added to it, melt viscosity is lowered, but so also is chemical inertness.
The main criteria of a desirable frit for embedding photoconductors to make a xerographic plate are low fusing temperature needed to produce fusing and inertness in forming poisoning by-products by reaction with the photoconductor. The oxides contributing most to low fusing temperature are B 0 and PhD; sodium and potassium oxide do this also, but must be held down to prevent water solubility. Fluorides also lower melting temperature but also cause silica and boric oxide volatility. Calcium oxide, and especially zinc oxide and cadmium oxide lower the melting point to a certain degree. Antimony and arsenic oxides lower the melting point also. A typical frit consists of from about 50 to 75 mol percent of combined B 0 and Si0 and the rest basic oxides. In general those metals which form black sulfides tend to poison the photoconductor. In the case of lead oxide, however, and also iron, nickel and similar ions, this poisoning effect may be overcome for a sulfide photoconductor by the addition of zinc oxide, or even better, cadmium oxide which prevent the gross formation of lead sulfide from the cadmium sulfide and lead oxide or borate by reversing the equilibrium.
Other metallic oxides conventionally used in glass formulations and in particular those known as useful in matrix glass formulations such as lithium oxide, aluminum oxide, titanium dioxide, etc., may be present at least in small amounts. While the glasses are generally considered in terms of oxides, it is understood that loW melting glass-forming sulfides such as arsenic sulfide, antimony sulfide, etc, may also be used.
Typical compositions of frits useful as the binder in preparing the glass binder plates of the instant invention have the following composition ranges (all figures are mol percentages) TABLE I B 0 0-50} Siog 40 75 combmed. CaO 1 ZnO Cdo -35 combined.
PbO 1 Na 0 K 6 0-20 combined. Li O NaF 0-10.
A1 0 0-5. Sb O 0-10. AS203 0-3.
This is not a hard and fast range of compositions, as is obvious to those skilled in the art. Thus Schonebarger, above, discloses a glass binder which is operable to make xerographic plates but is outside the ranges set forth above. However, the ranges set forth are an accurate guide in formulating operable glass binders.
For example, a typical composition within this range, useful in the instant invention, has the following composition:
An unusual property observed in the instant invention is that solder glasses, which consist almost entirely of lead borate, are useful in formulating operable xerographic binder plates. Despite the known deleterious effect of lead, such solder glasses may be used when they are heated sufiiciently to bond the photoconductive pigment, but insufliciently to devitrify the lead borate to a ceramic.
Commercially available frits useful in the preparation of xerographic binder plates include Corning No. -2, a thermosetting solder glass; Corning 1970 and 1971 EL, the latter two being electroluminescent phosphor embedding glasses, all available from the Corning Glass Co.; Dupont I-232 and N-845, both of these materials being porcelain enamel frits for use on aluminum; Harshaw fluxes AG 850, 862 and 881, all of these materials being enameling glasses for use on glass substrates and available from the I-Iarshaw Chemical Company; and Al-8, a glass enamel intended for use on an aluminum base and available from the Ferro Corporation. This material is furnished in a red pigmented form and is also available in a clear unpigmented form. This is a proprietary material, but it was analyzed spectroscopically and chemically, as shown in Table III below. The spectrographic analysis was done without benefit of standards so that much more confidence should be placed in the chemical analysis. Care should be taken not to overfire the 11-232 material, as it will become less resistive and unable to retain a corona charge. If the glass will not retain a charge it is not operable to make a xerographic plate.
TABLE III Chemical Analysis Major Particularly where the photoconductive insulating layer is rather thick it is desirable that the heat expansion coefficients of the support and the layer be roughly comparable. This condition is usually met by using commercial frits on the type of base material for which they are intended. It is understood that commercial frits for use With aluminum have their coefficients of expansion most nearly matched to the 6000 series of aluminum alloys, particularly 6061-8.
The glass binder should be so selected relative to the photoconductor used, that the melting point of the binder is lower than that of the photoconductor and also the base material. Thus, the maximum melting temperature permissible in the binder will vary from photoconductor to photoconductor. Frits for use on aluminum or glass generally have lower melting points than those intended for use on other metals.
The relative proportions of binder and photoconductor are critically important in determining the operability of the structure in the xerographic process. In general, the photoconductor should comprise no more than about 60%, by Weight, of the total composition, and, preferably, from about 10 to about This is in marked contrast to the electroluminescent cells and photo-cells of the prior art which are virtually inoperative at these high binder to pigment ratios. it is believed that the higher binder-pigment ratio is the critical factor in esta lishing a blocking contact between the photoconductive particles and the electrically conductive backing plate which is believed to be essential for the operation of a xerographic plate of this type, while a low-binder photoconductor ratio apparently promotes a too close contact among particles, and between particles and backing and establishes an ohmic or injecting contact. Regardless of theory, it has been found that the above proportions must be adhered to in order to produce a functioning xerographic plate capable of relatively retaining or dissipating a surface charge.
The thickness of the photoconductive insulating layers of the instant invention is not critical and may vary from about 10 microns to about 200 microns. It is preferred that the layers be from about 20- to about 150 microns thick. These photoconductive insulating layers of the invention are characterized by outstanding wear-resistance properties.
At the lower binder-pigment ratios found operable for xero-graphic plates, the surface of the plate may have a matte appearance. Accordingly, it may be desirable in achieving a glossy surface, to overcoat the surface of the plate either with a layer of clear glass binder or with a layer of glass binder having a small amount of photoconductive particles therein, i.e., a substantially smaller amount of the photoconductor than in the main photoconductiye insulating layer, to thus achieve a glossy surface. Alternatively, a glossy surface may be achieved by contacting the free surface of the photoconductive layer with a very smooth surface while the photoconductive insulating layer is still in a plastic or even molten condition. In this instance it is important to select a smooth surface which is not adhesive to the photoconductive insulating layer, so that there can be no adverse adhesion therebetween which wouldcomplicate separation of the surfaces after the photoconductive insulating layer has been adequately smoothed.
The means of application of the photoconductor-binder combinations of the invention are well known and are not critical in the instant invention. The glass binder may be used as received, or, if not sufficiently finely ground, may be subjected to further processing as by ball-milling to produce a smaller particle size of the glass particles. In general, the glass particles or frit should be no more than about 4 microns in diameter. However, the size of the particles may vary, depending on the viscosity of the resultant glass melt; the lower the viscosity, the larger the particle size which may be tolerated while still achieving a uniform layer. Similarly, the photoconductive insulators themselves should be in a suitable finely divided state. While photoconductive particle sizes as large as about microns may be used, it is preferred that particle size be as small as possible; in general, particle sizes of no more than about 20 microns are used, and preferably the photoconductive particles should have an average particle size of no more than about 1 micron.
The finely divided photoconductive particles and glass binder particles are desirably dispersed in a liquid, as distilled water, or an organic liquid, as alcohol, ethyl acetate, ethylene glycol, etc. and a uniform dispersion ob tained by mixing the liquid. In accordance with conventional enamelling practice the photoconductive and glass particles may be ground together in water using small amounts of sodium silicate, sodium hydroxide and boric acid as dispersing agents. The resulting slurry may then be applied to the desired surface by air spraying, dipping, painting, or other coating operation as is standard in the art. Care must be taken that air bubbles or other discontinuities are eliminated from the slurry prior to coating. The coating is dried to remove most of the liquid. Then, before cracking occurs, the plate is fired at the necessary temperature to fuse the glass binder and produces a uniform homogeneous layer of photoconductive pigment dispersed in a vitreous glass binder. The support layer should be clean before the coating material is applied thereto. Any conventional cleaning technique will suffice. Aluminum layers may simply be heated to the firing temperature and cooled before the coating material is applied. However, the various known chemical treatments used in the enamelling art may also be used, if desired, as may the controlled oxidizing treatment given conventional aluminum based xerographic plates before selenium is applied thereto.
Having described the invention above, the following examples are given to more fully illustrate specific embodiments thereof. The examples are given for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be limiting on the scope of the invention. in the examples, all parts are by weight, unless otherwise specified.
Example 1 Using distilled water, an aqueous slurry was prepared, containing 25% of a substantially non-luminescent zinc oxide pigment (obtained from New Jersey Zinc Company under the designation of Florence Green Seal No. 8) and of a Dupont mixed oxide frit designated L232. The slurry was sprayed on an aluminum surface with an air brush, using CO as the propellant. As soon as the water dried out, but before cracking began, the plate was fired at about G F. for about 5 minutes. The plate was slowly cooled to room temperature and was then tested in the xerographic process. It was found that the plate accepted an electrostatic charge in the dark and discharged the electrostatic charge upon exposure to light, thus demonstrating that the plate was operable in xerography.
Examples 11-111 In these examples a RCA F-2l03 cadmium sulphide was mixed with Corning -2 solder glass and water to form a slurry and spread with a doctor blade on tin oxide coated soft glass to give a film thickness of 5 mils. The films were then fired for about 2 minutes at 450 C. Example ll contained 20% CdS by weight and Example Ill contained 40%. Example 11 was about twice as fast as a comparison vitreous selenium plate and Example ill was about five times as fast. Xerographic prints were made from each of these examples.
Examples 1 VX1 V In these examples the plates were prepared by first preparing a slurry of the designated enamel and photoconductive pigment in distilled water and then spraying the mixture on the designated backing material with an air brush, using CO as the propellant. After spraying on the enamel and drying, but before cracking began, plates were slowly moved into the firing oven, and maintained at the correct temperature, in this case 1000 F. except for the AG881 binder, which is fired at 1200" F. The plates were held at this temperature for six minutes and then slowly cooled to room temperature and tested as shown in Table IV.
TABLE IV Example Photo- Photo- Thickness V Sensi- N0. Substrate conductor conductor, Binder (microns) (volts) tivity,
type percent percent Glass-SnO F-14854 30 AG-881 so -s0 50 Aluminum-3003-S F-1 t854 5 Al-8 110 +220 4 F-14854 10 A1-8 70 g F-14854 Al-8 100 VIII do F14854 32 Al-8 so IX .410 F-14s57 5 A1-8 9o 3 x do -1 F-14857 1o Al-8 10o X1 do F-14857 15 A1-8 90 XII d0 F4485? 30 Are 90 fig XIII do 1 2111 A1-8 11o f l Xrv do 1 *2111 so Al-8 110 i For purposes of comparison a selenium plate tested under similar conditions has a sensitivity of between 20 and Sensitivity is measured as the percentage of charge lost after exposure for ,4 second to a specified quantity of illumination. V is the initial potential accepted from a corona charging device. The corona charging current was somewhat lower for Examples VII-XII than for other examples. Pigment concentrations of over 15% gave rough surface, poorly suited for xerography, with poor adhesion. The cadmium sulphide pigment showed poor adhesion with the Al-8 binder. Better results with this pigment were had with the AG-881 binder, as shown in a later example.
Examples XXII-XXIII in these examples Example XX was duplicated, excepting that in Example XXII one half of the plate surface was overcoated by applying a slurry of the pure AG-SSI enamel to the plate and firing it to produce a 1 micron overcoat, while in Example XXIII the overcoating on one T BLE V A half of the plate consisted of 20% of the F211l 1n AG- Pht S i 881, fired to give a 1 micron overcoating. The plates S. Example Photocom 2 f Thick V0 a were then tested as in the above examples, the measure- No. ductor type ductor, Binder ness, (volts) permerits being taken on both the non-overcoated and the 8g; mmmns cent overcoated portions of the plates. The results are set forth in Table VII.
XV F14854 15 A1-s 12o TABLE VII XVI Fl4854 25 A1-8 11o Sensr- 5 AG-881 40 +830 6 V0 D30 Residual XVII F 14854 1 1 25 Example N0. (volts) (percent) (vol percent Egon-overegatcdhnn 180 1(0) 70 4 0 vercoate -850 1 71 70 Examples XVIII XXI XXIII (Non-overcoated) -155 so 94 0 These plates were prepared as in Examples II-IX. In XXIII (Overcomd) +680 15 35 each case tin oxide coated glass was used for the substrate and the Harshaw AG-881 for the glass binder. The pigment in each of these plates was a commercial cadmium sulfide photo-conductor obtained from RCA and designated F-2111. The photo-conductive layers on these plates had a thickness of about 4 mils (100 microns) each. Plates so prepared were tested as described in EX- amples II-IX. They were fired to 1200 F. A commercial selenium plate was used as a control.
TABLE VI Photo- Sensi- Example N0. conduc- V0 D 0, tivity, Residual t0r,per- (volts) percent percent (volts) cent As already noted the Ferro Corporation A1-8 aluminum enamel is also available in a red form. X-ray diffraction analysis of this material showed that it contains about 46% cadmium sulfoselenide. Accordingly, plates were made from this material in accordance with the plate making procedure already described, except that no additional pigment was added to the red binder material. These plates proved to be photoconductive and exhibited electrical properties comparable to those in which a photoconductive pigment was separately added to a photoconductive frit. These plates also made xerographic prints of unsually high quality.
On testing a glass enamel binder plate in the xerographic process under repetitive cycling conditions wherein the plate is sequentially charged and then flooded with a 4 watt blue fluorescent lamp, no significant increase of residual voltage or of dark decay rate was observed. After over 700 cycles the dark decay value increased only from about 15% to about 20% and after almost 1400 cycles there was no further increase observed.
Xerographic plates made according to the present invention often exhibit poor electrical properties when new- 1y made but light sensitivity and dark decay characteristics generally improve markedly during the first 24- hours after manufacture. It has also been observed at times that plates which exhibit good electrical properties nevertheless produce xerographic images of poor quality with low resolution or even no image at all. The image forming qualities of these plates can often be greatly improved by polishing their surfaces, as by buffing with rouge. A simpler and generally more effective treatment involves applying water to the surface of the plate. This may be done by immersing the plate in ordinary tap Water for about 15 minutes and then thoroughly drying under an infra red lamp. This generally produces a marked improvement in the ability of the plate to produce a xerographic print. Distilled water as well as certain other materials classified as Lewis bases also have a beneficial effect but none appears to be more effective than ordinary tap water. Acids, on the other hand, are to be avoided because they not only impair the ability of the plate to form a xerographic image but may even damage the plate to the extent that it will not accept an electrical charge or will retain only a negligible charge.
A glass enamel plate was also compared to a commercial selenium plate in an abrasion tester. In this unit a vitreous enamel plate and a selenium plate were placed inside a revolving drum loaded with silica san Ater more than /4 of a million cycles in the cylinder the plates were removed and examined. About 7 microns of selenium had been abraded away from the selenium plate, while no detectable loss in thickness could be seen in the enamel plate, the only obvious change being a slight reduction in gloss. Thus the vitreous enamel xerographic plates have an operating life between 25 to 250 times greater than the selenium plates. Further, on using a glass enamel binder plate at a temperature of 50 C. no deleterious effect on the Xerographic process is observed. When the surface of a glass enamel plate is abraded to the point where it becomes dull, the xerographic properties of the plate are impaired. These properties can be restored nearly to those of a new plate by retiring the plate under substantially the same conditions as used when the plate was first made. This largely restores the gloss to the plate and also largely restores its xerographic properties.
Plates according to the present invention are very duable and have other advantageous properties based on the superior physical properties of these plates. These may also have superior electrical properties. In particular, the techniques of the present invention enable economical production of xerographic plates incorporating certain cadmium chalcogenides. These photoconductors can be used in other structures and other photoconductors can be used in the present invention but these photoconductors appear to be unusually compatible with glass binder plate structures. When used in such structures they result in a plate with an unusual spectrosensitivity which extends into the red region of the spectrum whereas most practical xerographic plates whether of the vitreous or hinder type have been sensitive primarily in the ultra-violet and blue or blue-green regions of the spectrum. This broadened spectral response is particularly characteristic of plates incorporating cadmium sulfoselenides and these plates are substantially photoconductive all the way out to approximately a thousand angstroms.
12 hinder, the photoconductive particles constituting less than layer to radiation to cause a flow of electric charges through said layer to form an electrostatic image at a surface of said layer.
2. The method of producing an electrostatic charge pattern and making said pattern visible which comprises applying by corona an electrostatic charge to a layer of finely divided inorgnaic photoconductive particles dispersed in a fused inorganic non photoconductive glass binder which itself is capable of retaining an electrostatic charge, said photoconductive particles constituting from about 5 to about 60% by weight of the layer, exposing said layer to radiation to cause a flow of electric charges throgh said layer to form an electrostatic image at the surface of said layer and developing said electrostatic image by developer material attracted thereto by said electrostatic image.
3. A process for producing an electrostatic image corresponding to a pattern of light and shadow, comprising in the absence of activating radiation placing sensitizing electrostatic charges of one polarity on the photoconductive insulating surface of a xerographic member including a conductive backing and coated thereon a thin phctoconductive insulating layer comprising finely divided inorganic photoconductive particles dispersed in a non photoconductive fused inorganic glass binder, which glass binder is by itself capable of retaining an electrostatic surface charge, said photoconductive particles constituting less than about 60% by weight of the layer, and exposing the electrically charged layer to a pattern of light and shadow to be recorded whereby electrostatic charges migrate through said layer in the areas irradiated by light so that an electrostatic image is formed corresponding to said pattern.
4. A process according to claim 3 wherein said photoconductive particles are a zinc chalcogenide.
5. A process according to claim 3 wherein said photoconductive particles are a cadmium chalcogenide.
6. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are selected from the group consisting of at least one chalcogenide of at least one material selected from the group consisting of zinc and cadmium.
7. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are cadmium sulfide.
8. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are cadmium sulfoselenide.
9. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are cadmium selenide.
10. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are zinc sulfide.
11. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are zinc sulfoselenide.
12. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are zinc selenide.
13. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are zinc-cadmium sulfide.
14. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are zinc-cadmium selenide.
15. A process according to claim 3 wherein the photoconductive particles are zinc oxide.
16. A process for producing an electrostatic image corresponding to a pattern of light and shadow, comprising applying an electrical field through the photoconductive insulating layer of a xerographic member including a single conductive electrode and coated thereon a thin photoconductive insulating layer comprising finely divided inorganic photoconductive particles dispersed in a nonphotoconductive fused inorgnaic glass binder, which glass binder is by itself capable of retaining an electrostatic surface charge, said photoconductive particles constituting less than about 60% by weight of the layer, and exposing the photoconductive insulating layer to a pattern of light and shadow to be recorded, whereby a flow of 13 14 electricity will take place through said layer forming a 2,886,434 Owens May 12, 1959 varying charge pattern which is adapted to be developed. 2,901,348 Dessauer et a1. Aug. 25, 1959 2,930,999 Van Santen et a1 Mar. 29, 1960 References Cited in the file of this patent 2,937,353 Wasserman May 17, 1960 UNITED STATES PATENTS 5 2,940,951 Ruskin June 1960 2,844,543 Fotland July 22, 1958 OTH REFERENCES 2,862,815 g rman 1958 Glass, The Condensed Chemical Dictionary, 5th ed.
2,863,768 Schafient Dec. 9, 1958 (1956), Reinold, page 522, QD5.C5.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. 3, 151,982 I October 6, 1964 Lester Corrsin It is hereby certified that error appears in the above numbered patent requiring correction and that the said Letters Patentshould read as corrected below.
Column 11, line 75, and column 12, line 1 for "about 60% by weight of the layer and exposing said binder, the photoconductive particles constituting less than" read binder the photoconductive particles constituting less than about 60% by weight of the layer and exposing said column 12, line 14, for "throgh" read through line 70, for "inorgnaic" read inorganic Signed and sealed this 9th day of February 1965.
EDWARD J. BRENNER Commissioner of Patents ERNEST W. SWIDER Altesting Officer UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. 3, 151,982 October 6, 1964 Lester Corrsin It is hereby certified that error appears in the above numbered patent reqiiring correction and that the said Letters Patent should read as corrected below.
Column 11, line 75, and column l2 line 1 for "about 60% by weight of the layer and exposing said binder, the photoconductive particles constituting less than" read binder the photoconductive particles constituting less than about 60% by weight of the layer and exposing said column 12, line 14, for "throgh" read through line 70, for "inorgnaic" read inorganic Signed and sealed this 9th day of February 1965.
ERNEST W. SWIDER EDWARD J. BRENNER Aitesting Officer Commissioner of Patents