Indian turmeric and its use in cationic photopolymerizations

Crivello J. V. , Bulut U.

MACROMOLECULAR SYMPOSIA, vol.240, pp.1-11, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 240
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/masy.200650801
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-11


Curcumin, an intensely yellow dye isolated from Indian turmeric is an excellent electron-transfer photosensitizer for cationic vinyl and ring-opening polymerizations. Especially attractive features of curcumin are its strong absorption, broad spectral sensitivity, efficient electron-transfer, low toxicity and low cost. Using curcumin as a photosensitizer, the cationic photopolymerizations of a variety of monomers were carried out including such naturally derived monomers as epoxiclized terpenes and epoxiclized vegetable oils. The impact of this technology on applications such as housing, boat-building and water distribution is discussed.