Influence of photoinitiator content on phase separation and microstructure of free-radical/cationic hybrid system and its application for low-gloss UV-curable coatings.

Photopolymerization-induced phase separation (PhIPS) is a promising technique to generate coatings with controllable properties and matt aesthetics. Controlled phase separation has demonstrated that certain polymer morphologies can enhance mechanical properties (e.g., toughness) or tunable surface characteristics (e.g., gloss and roughness). PhIPS is an attractive technique to create morphologies, as it offers direct control over polymerization kinetics, which directly impacts polymer network formation and phase separation. This work describes PhIPS of free-radical/cationic hybrid systems. The phase separation and demixing of incompatible macromolecular liquids create microstructural phase heterogeneity and microphase separation of the different components. The decrease in gloss can be controlled by different size scales of phase-separated domains to achieve a surface roughness that scatters light irregularly in several directions. Phase separation morphologies, polymerization kinetics, final properties (e.g. gloss and hardness) are studied depending on the ratio of the acrylate/epoxy mixture and can be controlled by the photoinitiator content.
Duration: 22:01
Speaker: Ingrid Calvez
Company: Université Laval
Conference: European Coatings Show Conference 2021 virtual
Session: Radiation curing
Date: 13.09.2021