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Sugar overcomes oxygen inhibition in photoinitiated free radical polymerization

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  • Faruk Oytun,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul 34469, Turkey
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  • Muhammet U. Kahveci,

    1. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul 34469, Turkey
    2. Department of Bioengineering, Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Davutpasa, Esenler, Istanbul 34210, Turkey
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  • Yusuf Yagci

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul 34469, Turkey
    2. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Letters, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul 34469, Turkey
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Photo-initiated radical polymerization has several advantages that qualify this process for application in many industrial fields, but suffers from oxygen (O2) inhibition. The prohibitive cost of existing methods to prevent O2 inhibition has hampered their widespread use in industrial applications involving free radical polymerization in air. A novel approach based on an enzymatic pathway in which glucose oxidase acts as catalyst for glucose oxidation using O2 is described to overcome O2 inhibition of radical polymerizations.

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