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Inorganic-organic cross-linking in UV curable hard coats based upon vinyltriethoxysilane-tetraethoxysilane -polyfunctional acrylate hybrid polymers: A raman spectroscopic study

: Gigant, K.; Posset, U.; Schottner, G.; Baia, L.; Kiefer, W.; Popp, J.


Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology 26 (2003), Nr.1/3, S.369-373
ISSN: 0928-0707
ISSN: 1573-4846
Fraunhofer ISC ()

Hydrolysis, polycondensation and UV-induced radical polymerization processes in binary and ternary mixtures of vinyltriethoxysilane (VTEOS), tetraethoxysilane (TEOS), and several polyfunctional acrylates as reactive diluents were studied by means of FT-Raman and confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy. The study comprises measurements on sols, gels, xerogels, and thin films applied on top of glass slides and polymeric substrates. Characteristic Raman bands are utilized to gain information about the structural evolution, inorganic network connectivity, and organic cross-linking reactions. Supplementary, Si-29-NMR spectroscopic data are considered and correlated with Raman data. Structure-property correlations based on spectroscopic and mechanical data are outlined and discussed. It is demonstrated that thin hybrid polymer films may be studied in-situ by means of confocal micro-Raman spectroscopy.