UV cure acrylate monomers: synthesis, analysis and storage

R.D. Kulkarni (Department of Chemical Technology, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India)
M.E. Chaudhari (Department of Chemical Technology, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India)
S. Mishra (Department of Chemical Technology, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, India)

Pigment & Resin Technology

ISSN: 0369-9420

Publication date: 4 January 2013



The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical and in‐depth review of the present status and recent developments in synthetic methodologies, reaction engineering, process design and quality control aspects associated with the manufacture of mono and multifunctional acrylate monomers.


This paper reviews commercially important UV cure mono and multifunctional acrylate monomers. It covers their synthesis, catalyst, and appropriate solvents for azeotropic removal of byproducts. The detail discussion on catalysis, basis of design of reactors and commercial plant and the process engineering associated with the manufacture has been supported through citation of synthesis of various acrylate monomers. The methodologies adopted for determination of physical, chemical and compositional characterisation of acrylate monomers have been presented. In addition, the guidelines regarding the bulk storage and commercial handling of acrylates have been reviewed.


The reaction engineering of esterification reaction between acrylic acid and polyol has been worked out to provide the basis for selection of reactors. The reaction has been modeled as a series – parallel complex reaction for providing explanation for generation of various byproducts/adducts and multiple esters.

Practical implications

The detailed discussion on formation, characterisation and treatment of Michael adducts and purification of acrylate monomers will be relevant for new researchers for further development. A review of guidelines on selection of homogenous and heterogeneous catalysts for synthesis of acrylate monomers has been presented.


Since the related literature on acrylate monomers is scarce, scattered and proprietary, the consolidated coverage in one paper will be useful.



Kulkarni, R., Chaudhari, M. and Mishra, S. (2013), "UV cure acrylate monomers: synthesis, analysis and storage", Pigment & Resin Technology, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 53-67. https://doi.org/10.1108/03699421311288760

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