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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 32, Number 3
BKCSDE 32(3)
March 20, 2011 

 
Title
Photocure Reactions of Photoreactive Prepolymers with Cinnamate Groups
Author
Whan Gun Kim
Keywords
Curing of polymers, Kinetics (polym.), Photopolymerization, Thermal properties, Epoxy resin
Abstract
The photoreactive prepolymers with multifunctional cinnamate and bisphenol A type cinnamate groups that could perform photodimerization without photoinitiators were synthesized by the reaction of t-cinnamic acids (CAs) and epoxy resins. Their photocure reaction rates and the extent of reaction conversion were measured with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and these increased with the intensity of UV irradiation. The experimental data of these reaction rates showed the characteristics of nth-order kinetics reaction, and all kinetic constants of each photoreactive polymer with this equation were summarized. Although the GTR-1800-HCA and KWG1-EP-HCA with hydroxyl group substituted cinnamate showed lower reaction conversion rates and rate constant than GTR-1800-CA and KWG1-EP-CA with an unsubstituted cinnamate group, GTR-1800-MCA and KWG1-EP-MCA with methoxy group substituted cinnamate showed similar and higher reaction conversion rates than the former, respectively. These results were explained in terms of segmental mobility for photopolymerization by molecular interactions.
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993 - 999
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