A new anthraquinone derivative as a near UV and visible light photoinitiator for free-radical, thiol-ene and cationic polymerizations

Zhu Y., Pi J., Zhang Y., Xu D., Yagci Y., Liu R.

POLYMER CHEMISTRY, vol.12, pp.3299-3306, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1039/d1py00347j
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Compendex, INSPEC
  • Page Numbers: pp.3299-3306
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


A new UV and visible light photoinitiator, quinizarin derivative 6,11-dimethoxy-7,10-dihydrotetracene-5,12-dione (Q4), was synthesized and characterized. Its photophysical properties were evaluated by various spectroscopic and computational methods. Q4 demonstrates excellent initiating efficiency for free-radical, thiol-ene, cationic and hybrid photopolymerizations. While free-radical and thiol-ene photopolymerizations can be initiated without any additives, the corresponding cationic and hybrid polymerizations still require oxidants such as iodonium salts.