Photopolymerization of reactive mesogens

Heiko Thiem, Peter Strohriegl, Maxim Shkunov, Iain McCulloch

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The photopolymerization of two reactive mesogens with photopolymerizable acrylate endgroups, the methyl substituted 1,4-phenylene-bis{4-[6-(acryloyloxy) hexyloxy]benzoate} 1 and acrylic acid 6-{4-[6-(6-acryloy-loxyhexyloxy) naphthalen-2-yl]-phenoxy}hexyl ester 2 has been investigated using Photo-DSC measurements. Photocrosslinking of 1 in the nematic phase at 100°C leads to a final conversion of 87% of the acrylate groups. It is possible to perform photopolymerization with very small amounts of photoinitiator. Even with 0.001% (10 ppm) of photoinitiator, 47% of the acrylate groups polymerize within 15 min. The polymerization of the reactive mesogen 2 proceeds faster in the smectic A phase at 100°C compared to the isotropic phase at 120°C and leads to a higher conversion of 75%. This can be explained by an increased local concentration of the acrylate groups between the layers of the smectic cores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2153-2159
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


  • Acrylate
  • Crosslinking
  • Initiators
  • Photopolymerization
  • Reactive mesogens


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