Title

Newly UV-Curable Polyurethane Coatings Prepared by Multifunctional Thiol- and Ene-Terminated Polyurethane Aqueous Dispersions Mixtures: Preparation and Characterization

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-20-2009

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

A series of newly developed UV-curable polyurethane coatings were prepared by blending multifunctional thiol- and ene-terminated polyurethane aqueous dispersions. The composition, structure, solution stability and mechanical properties of the title coatings were characterized in detail by FT-IR, photo-DSC and DMA measurements. It was found that the resulting polyurethane coatings showed good solution stability and high photopolymerization activity even after a long time (i.e. 1 month). The incorporation of a waterborne polyurethane chain into the both multifunctional thiols and ene monomers promoted their solution stability and avoided any reaction between thiols and ene groups as a result of their high reacting activity in non-aqueous systems. UV-cured films prepared by this method were found to exhibit excellent physical properties with improvements over what can be attained directly with current UV-curable urethane-acrylate based systems. This method allows for the preparation of high performance UV-curable polyurethane aqueous coatings based on thiol-ene chemistry systems. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Polymer

Volume

50

Issue

7

First Page

1717

Last Page

1722