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Polymers 2018, 10(2), 178;

State of the Art in Dual-Curing Acrylate Systems

Thermodynamics Laboratory, ETSEIB, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Av. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Department of Analytical and Organic Chemistry, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, C/Marcel·lí Domingo s/n, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
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Received: 22 January 2018 / Revised: 6 February 2018 / Accepted: 7 February 2018 / Published: 12 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thermosets)
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Acrylate chemistry has found widespread use in dual-curing systems over the years. Acrylates are cheap, easily handled and versatile monomers that can undergo facile chain-wise or step-wise polymerization reactions that are mostly of the “click” nature. Their dual-curing processes yield two distinct and temporally stable sets of material properties at each curing stage, thereby allowing process flexibility. The review begins with an introduction to acrylate-based click chemistries behind dual-curing systems and relevant reaction mechanisms. It then provides an overview of reaction combinations that can be encountered in these systems. It finishes with a survey of recent and breakthrough research in acrylate dual-curing materials for shape memory polymers, optical materials, photolithography, protective coatings, structured surface topologies, and holographic materials. View Full-Text
Keywords: acrylates; methacrylates; dual-curing; click chemistry acrylates; methacrylates; dual-curing; click chemistry

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Konuray, O.; Fernández-Francos, X.; Ramis, X.; Serra, À. State of the Art in Dual-Curing Acrylate Systems. Polymers 2018, 10, 178.

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