Science and technology of UV-induced polymerization


Lecturer(s) :

Dalle Vacche Sara
Leterrier Yves
Nouzille Eric Jacques
Sangermano Marco




Every year


Next time: Summer 2021


The course presents the main classes of photopolymers and key factors which control photopolymerization. It explains how to select the right formulation and optimize processes for a given application. Standard and novel characterization methods, new materials and new applications are also presented.


1. Introduction to radiation processing
2. Fundamentals of free-radical systems
3. Components of photocurable formulations: photoinitiators, monomers, additives
4. Analytical methods: state of the art and new developments
5. Structure-property relations in UV curable polymers
6. Advances in UV-induced polymerization research
7. Application to UV inks and coatings, nanostructures and devices


Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Polymer science, organic chemistry

Assessment methods

The course provides 1 ECTS, based on a written report (maximum 10 pages) on a topic relevant to UV polymers. The report should synthesize three technical papers A, B and C from open scientific literature and develop a short case study (for example using equation from paper A and data from paper B to model results from paper C, or designing a process method (formulation, UV intensity, time) using inputs from the 3 papers).



A copy of the course slides is provided at the start of the course.

In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German