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Materials 2010, 3(12), 5130-5142; doi:10.3390/ma3125130

Dyes as Photoinitiators or Photosensitizers of Polymerization Reactions

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Department of Photochemistry, CNRS, University of Haute Alsace, ENSCMu, 3 rue Alfred Werner, 68093 Mulhouse, Cedex, France
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Received: 26 October 2010 / Revised: 8 November 2010 / Accepted: 16 November 2010 / Published: 2 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Dyes and Pigments)
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A short but up-to-date review on the role of dyes in the photoinitiation processes of polymerization reactions is presented. Radical and cationic reactions are largely encountered in the radiation curing and the imaging areas for use in traditional coating applications as well as in high tech sectors such as nanofabrication, computer-to-plate processing, laser direct imaging, manufacture of optical elements, etc. Recent promising developments concerned with the introduction of the silyl radical chemistry that enhances the polymerization efficiency are also discussed.
Keywords: dyes; photoinitiators; photosensitizers; photopolymerization dyes; photoinitiators; photosensitizers; photopolymerization
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Fouassier, J.-P.; Morlet-Savary, F.; Lalevée, J.; Allonas, X.; Ley, C. Dyes as Photoinitiators or Photosensitizers of Polymerization Reactions. Materials 2010, 3, 5130-5142.

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