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Release: Jan. 6, 2003

Engineers hold Jan. 7-8 photopolymerization meeting

The Center for Fundamentals and Applications of Photopolymerization at the University of Iowa will hold its winter 2003 meeting Jan. 7-8 in the UI College of Engineering's Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

Alec Scranton, professor and chair of the UI department of chemical and biochemical engineering, says that the meeting will be attended by about 40 industrial and academic investigators who are exploring cutting-edge research on photopolymerization, or light-activated, processes and are developing novel applications. The unique advantages offered by photopolymerization processes have led to a rapid growth in its use in areas such as solvent-free processing, biomedical materials, and high-technology devices. He adds, however, that much of this growth is occurring without a fundamental understanding of the underlying photochemical processes, a role the center is designed to fill.

Established at the University of Iowa in 2000 in cooperation with the University of Colorado and the National Science Foundation, the Center is supported by member companies, including 3M, DuPont, UCB Chemicals, Loctite Corporation, DSM Desotech, Ashland Chemical, Napp Systems, Fusion Systems and Alcatel. The primary mission of the Center is to advance the fundamental understanding of the kinetics and mechanisms of light-induced polymerization reactions.