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Keywords:

  • biocompatibility;
  • photochemistry;
  • photopolymerization;
  • radical polymerization

Abstract

The behavior of six cyclic acetals and related compounds in the photoinitiation step of a radical photopolymerization was investigated. As shown by the photopolymerization kinetic data obtained from FTIR spectroscopy, most of them are efficient coinitiators in the presence of benzophenone (BP) with efficiencies close to a reference amine coinitiator (ethyl dimethylaminobenzoate, EDB). Laser flash photolysis and ESR spin trapping technique were used to study the photochemical mechanisms of the production of initiating radicals and explain the differences in reactivity. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2010