Title

The Kinetics of Vinyl Acrylate Photopolymerization

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2003

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

The photopolymerization of vinyl acrylate has been investigated using real-time MR. The acrylate and vinyl groups exhibit different polymerization kinetics with the acrylate functionality polymerizing at a much faster rate. Vinyl acrylate not only self-initiates its own free-radical polymerization, but also photoinitiates the polymerization of mono- and difunctional acrylates. Kinetic studies using a model monomer system indicate that it is essential for the acrylate and vinyl group to be part of the same molecule in order to function as an effective initiator for acrylate polymerization. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Polymer

Volume

44

Issue

10

First Page

2859

Last Page

2865