Progress in cationic photopolymerization

The invention of a new aluminum based photo acid generator PAG, salts that are used to initiate cationic photopolymerization, is a huge achievement. Classical anions for PAGs are fluorides of antimony, arsenic, phosphor, or boron. These suffer from toxicity and hydrolysis sensitivity. The also used borates on the other hand are problematic because of their expensive synthetic route. The new aluminum based PAG replaces not only the highly toxic and/or expensive PAGs, but also shows a significantly higher reactivity (even for usually low reactive glycidyl-based monomers). This performance opens the floor for new applications of cationic photopolymerization. With the development of Radical Induced Cationic Frontal Polymerization (RICFP) also bubble free bulk curing of epoxy resins within minutes without oven or spacial limitations by using the liberated reaction heat becomes possible.
Duration: 18:42
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Knaack
Company: TU Wien
Conference: European Coatings Show Conference 2017 (ECS Conference)
Session: Session 12: Radiation curing
Location: Nürnberg
Date: 03.04.2017