Acrylate nanolatex via self-initiated photopolymerization (pages 1843–1853)
Florent Jasinski, Emeline Lobry, Lénaïg Lefevre, Abraham Chemtob, Céline Croutxe-Barghorn, Xavier Allonas and Adrien Criqui
Article first published online: 11 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.27190
Low-scattering monomer miniemulsions have recently emerged as a suitable system for the development of efficient photopolymerization heterogeneous processes. UV light is exploited to cause the self-photoinitiation of acrylate miniemulsions at ambient temperature. The result is the fast production of less-toxic nanolatexes without initiator residue, making them particularly suitable for medical or microelectronic applications. Topics, such as stability, up-scaling in photoreactors and the self-initiation mechanism are covered.