Building Blocks of Brilliance: Monomers in UV Coatings and Inks
In the realm of UV coatings and inks, the quest for vibrant colors, exceptional durability, and rapid curing has led to a fascinating world of chemistry. At the heart of this technological marvel are monomers, the foundational building blocks that enable the creation of coatings and inks that meet the demands of modern industries.
Monomers are small, reactive molecules that can join together through polymerization to form larger, more complex polymers. In the context of UV coatings and inks, monomers play a crucial role in the formulation, allowing for precise control over the properties of the final product. These properties include viscosity, adhesion, flexibility, and resistance to environmental factors.
Types of Monomers:
There is a wide variety of monomers used in UV coatings and inks, each tailored to specific applications and performance requirements. Some common types of monomers include:
Acrylates and Methacrylates:
Acrylate and methacrylate monomers are among the most widely used in UV formulations. They offer excellent adhesion, hardness, and flexibility. Examples include methyl methacrylate (MMA), ethyl acrylate (EA), and butyl acrylate (BA).
Epoxy-based monomers provide exceptional chemical resistance and adhesion properties. They are often used in applications where durability is critical, such as coatings for electronics and automotive parts.
Urethane monomers contribute to improved flexibility and abrasion resistance. They are commonly used in wood coatings and industrial applications.
While not strictly monomers, oligomers are short chains of monomers and play a vital role in UV formulations. They provide additional cross-linking and control over the properties of the cured material.
Lencolo supply most common monomers
Lencolo special monomers
L-6105: Low viscosity, high elasticity UV polyurethane resin
L-6105 is a special modified mono functional UV polyurethane resin with small irritation, fast response, ultra-low viscosity, good flexibility and elasticity.
L-61012: Modified HEMA
L-61012 is an aliphatic monofunctional urethane acrylate with ultra-low viscosity, good flexibility, fast curing rate, good surface dryness, low odor and good water solubility.
L-61035: UV monomer for glass repair
L-61035 is a special modified UV monomer, mainly aimed at repairing cracks in glass and ceramics, with good yellowing resistance, good adhesion, low viscosity, good permeability, and soaking resistance.
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