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Stephen Cantor

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UV Curing Technology: A Route to Solvent-free Adhesives and Coatings

UV curing technology is a method of instant curing, in seconds, in which ultraviolet light is applied to resins such as coatings, adhesives, marking inks and photo-resists, etc. to cause photopolymerization. There are no solvents required because the liquid monomers act as solvents prior to their conversation to the polymer matrix. The presentation will discuss adhesives and conformal coatings which are single component systems that require no mixing and cure on demand via UV exposure. The chemistry of the action of photoinitiators is discussed in detail. The role of color change and fluorescence response as method to impart quality control to the process is particularly important in the production of medical products such as anesthesia masks and hypodermic needles. The adhesives are ideal for bonding dissimilar materials and small parts. On-site wind shield damage repair is one aspect that is part of the technology as well as the role of glass bonding to create works of art. A five minute YouTube short will describe the technology and will conclude the presentation.


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