Simulation of models for multifunctional photopolymerization kinetics

Gökçen A. Altun-Ciftçioǧlu*, Ayşegül Ersoy-Meriçboyu, Clifford L. Henderson

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


In this study, two different models of photopolymerization of multifunctional monomers are developed. The first is a kinetic model and is based on first order nonlinear ordinary differential equations describing the rates of photoinitiator, monomer, and live and dead radicals of different chain lengths. In the second model, a stochastic Monte Carlo approach is used to predict the time evolution of the photopolymerization process. In this model the chain affects are incorporated both in the propagation and termination rate constants. The simulations of these models for the predictions of gelation times are compared with the experimental values measured in the absence of oxygen in the reaction volume by using passive microrheology technique. The nonlinear decrease of gelation time with increasing photoinitator concentration and number of acrylate fragments on each monomer is best captured with the second model. Furthermore, the second model is successfully verified with kinetic data generated from FTIR and DSC experiments. POLYM. ENG. SCI., 54:1737-1746, 2014.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1737-1746
Number of pages10
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


Dive into the research topics of 'Simulation of models for multifunctional photopolymerization kinetics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this