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Polymers 2014, 6(10), 2588-2610; doi:10.3390/polym6102588

Photochemical Production of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks; Simultaneous Initiation of Radical and Cationic Polymerization Reactions

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Department of Chemistry, University of Haute Alsace, Mulhouse 68057, France
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Institut de Science des Matériaux de Mulhouse IS2M, UMR CNRS 7361, UHA, 15, rue Jean Starcky, 68057 Mulhouse Cedex, France
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Received: 2 September 2014 / Revised: 5 October 2014 / Accepted: 13 October 2014 / Published: 20 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interpenetrating Polymer Networks)
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In this paper, we propose to review the ways to produce, through photopolymerization, interpenetrating polymer networks (IPN) based, e.g., on acrylate/epoxide or acrylate/vinylether blends and to outline the recent developments that allows a one-step procedure (concomitant radical/cationic polymerization), under air or in laminate, under various irradiation conditions (UV/visible/near IR; high/low intensity sources; monochromatic/polychromatic sources; household lamps/laser diodes/Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)). The paper illustrates the encountered mechanisms and the polymerization profiles. A short survey on the available monomer systems and some brief examples of the attained final properties of the IPNs is also provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: interpenetrating polymer networks; radical initiators; photopolymerization; photoinitiators interpenetrating polymer networks; radical initiators; photopolymerization; photoinitiators
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Fouassier, J.P.; Lalevée, J. Photochemical Production of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks; Simultaneous Initiation of Radical and Cationic Polymerization Reactions. Polymers 2014, 6, 2588-2610.

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