Effects of ZnO quantum dots on the photostability of acrylate photopolymers used as recording materials

Effects of ZnO quantum dots on the photostability of acrylate photopolymers used as recording... ZnO quantum dots, QDs (5 nm diameter) by their photogenerated charge carriers clearly influence the degradation of the acrylate host matrix, under conditions simulating solar light. As a result, QDs undergo a partial quenching of their fluorescence. To rationalize this influence, the investigation requires understanding the photochemical behavior of the acrylate photopolymer (carrier of ester and ether groups) in the absence of nanofiller. The matrix undergoes simultaneously a post-polymerization and photooxidative degradation. Infrared analysis and headspace gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry reveal that the main volatile organic compounds result from the oxidation of the ether groups, supposed to be the primary sites of degradation.The nanofiller increases the rate of degradation. Also, the concentration of the volatile organic compounds is all the more important as the doping percentage increases. However, the photostability of ZnO/polymer material strongly depends on the size of the nanoparticles. Whereas ZnO QDs display a photocatalytic effect, nanoparticles with a bigger size (10–30 nm) exhibit an unexpected UV-screening effect. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Polymer Degradation and Stability Elsevier

Effects of ZnO quantum dots on the photostability of acrylate photopolymers used as recording materials

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Ltd
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0141-3910
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10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2018.04.026
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Abstract

ZnO quantum dots, QDs (5 nm diameter) by their photogenerated charge carriers clearly influence the degradation of the acrylate host matrix, under conditions simulating solar light. As a result, QDs undergo a partial quenching of their fluorescence. To rationalize this influence, the investigation requires understanding the photochemical behavior of the acrylate photopolymer (carrier of ester and ether groups) in the absence of nanofiller. The matrix undergoes simultaneously a post-polymerization and photooxidative degradation. Infrared analysis and headspace gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry reveal that the main volatile organic compounds result from the oxidation of the ether groups, supposed to be the primary sites of degradation.The nanofiller increases the rate of degradation. Also, the concentration of the volatile organic compounds is all the more important as the doping percentage increases. However, the photostability of ZnO/polymer material strongly depends on the size of the nanoparticles. Whereas ZnO QDs display a photocatalytic effect, nanoparticles with a bigger size (10–30 nm) exhibit an unexpected UV-screening effect.

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Polymer Degradation and StabilityElsevier

Published: Jul 1, 2018

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