Rheological and Kinetic Characterization of UV Photopolymerizable Formulations as a Function of the Boehmite Nanoparticle Content

M. Frigione*, C. Esposito Corcione
Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy.

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Several innovative photopolymerizable siloxane-modified acrylic formulations were characterized, both in presence or absence of organically Boehmite (OMB) nanoparticles, in order to assess their rheological and kinetic behavior. The experimental formulations were mainly intended for the surface protection of porous stones or wood elements. The importance of the experimental investigation lies in the specific requirements necessary for the proposed applications, i.e. the innovative UV coatings developed should possess adequate viscosity, photopolymerization reaction rate and time. The kinetics of the radical photopolymerization mechanism, induced by UV radiations, was studied by calorimetric analysis and FTIR spectroscopy as function of the mixtures composition and test conditions (air or nitrogen atmosphere). The addition of a silane coupling agent or a high molecular weight polysiloxane monomer to the acrylic resin was found to reduce the heat of reaction. On the other hand, the presence of Boehmite nanoparticles in the UV photopolymerizable formulations does not seem to modify the reactivity of the siloxane-modified acrylic formulations. The effect of the presence of oxygen on the kinetic reaction was also investigated and correlated to the composition of the systems. Finally, the viscosity of the formulations was studied at ambient temperature with a parallel plates rheomether as a function of composition and shear rate. The viscosity curves were also fitted according to theoretical models as function of shear rate and composition, obtaining a good agreement between experimental data and model predictions.

Keywords: Photopolymerizable acrylic resins, UV curing, photo-DSC, kinetics, rheology, bohemite nanoparticles.