Title

Non-Extractable Photoinitiators Based On Thiol-Functionalized Benzophenones and Thioxanthones

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2010

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

Non-extractable photoinitiators could be advantageous for use in biological, electronic, and food packaging applications. Therefore, thioxanthone and benzophenone derivatives were synthesized from 1,6-hexane dithiol and chlorinated benzophenone or thioxanthone. The efficiency of thiol-functionalized photoinitiators in combination with amine co-initiators was compared to benzophenone and isopropylthioxanthone with amine co-initiators, and the cleavage of photoinitiator 2,2-dimethoxy-1,2-diphenylethan-1-one in acrylic resins. The reaction kinetics were analyzed using photo-differential scanning calorimetry and real-time FTIR. Coating physical properties were evaluated by pendulum and pencil hardness, steel-wool scratch and mandrel bend tests. The non-extractable photoinitiators had higher absorbance than their benzophenone or isopropylthioxanthone counterparts due to the sulfide substitution on the phenyl ring, and the free thiol groups reacted with the acrylate by either an amine catalyzed Michael addition or a free-radical chain process. The combination of thiol-functionalized photoinitiators with secondary amines provides an efficient photoinitiator system that is locked into the photopolymerized network and cannot be extracted with typical solvents. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

European Polymer Journal

Volume

46

Issue

6

First Page

1278

Last Page

1287