Photopolymerization Short Course - CANCELLED


The GGPF regrets to announce that the Photopolymerization Short Course is cancelled.

Short Course

Prof. Alec Scranton

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Iowa

Prof. Chris Bowman

Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado

January 29, 2010
Michael's at Shoreline

2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 962-1014
Get directions




The Golden Gate Polymer Forum announces a brand new one-day tutorial on photopolymerization, presented by world-reknowned experts.



The course will build upon fundamental concepts to help students achieve an advanced level of understanding of a broad range of topics important for photopolymerization reactions. The course is well-suited for chemists or chemical engineers who find themselves working with UV curing systems but have little formal training in the area. An advanced degree is not required.

Photopolymerization offers many advantages associated with the use of light, rather then heat, to drive the conversion of monomer to polymer. These advantages include: solvent-free formulations; very high reaction rates at room temperature; spatial control of the polymerization; low energy input; and chemical versatility since polymerization of a wide variety of monomers can be polymerized photochemically. Due to this unique set of advantages, light-induced polymerizations have gained prominence for the solvent-free curing of polymer films as well as emerging applications in dental materials, conformal coatings, electronic and optical materials, and rapid prototyping of three-dimensional objects.

The growth in applications of photopolymerizations has out-paced the supply of scientists and engineers trained in the fundamentals of photopolymerization systems. The goal of this course is to address this problem by providing the participants with an understanding of the fundamentals of photopolymerization systems.


9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Radical photopolymerizations: kinetics, mechanisms, monomer and initiators

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 - Noon Cationic photopolymerizations: kinetics mechanisms, monomers and initiators

12:00 – 1:00 Break for lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:15 Oxygen in Free Radical Photopolymerizations and Photoinitiation in Thick Systems

2:15 – 3:15 Thiol-ene photopolymerizations: kinetics, mechanisms, potential applications

3:15 – 3:30 Break

3:30 – 4:30 Specialty applications of photopolymerizations


Prof. Scranton obtained his B.S. from the University of Iowa in 1984 and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1990.   He joined the faculty at the University of Iowa in 2000.  Research interests include polymerization kinetics and reaction engineering, spectroscopic methods of polymer characterization, and photopolymerization.

Prof. Bowman obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1988 and his Ph.D. in 1992, both from Purdue University.  He joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 1992 and currently occupies the James and Catherine Patten Endowed Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Scranton and Bowman coauthored "Photopolymerization: Fundamentals and Applications", published by the ACS Press in 1997.


  • The location of the course will be Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
    (650) 962-1014
    Get directions
  • Lunch and coffee will be provided


  • Early Registration (on or before December 20, 2009) : $250
  • Regular Registration (December 21, 2009-January 25, 2010) : $300
  • Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed.
  • Payment must be made by a credit card via PayPal.  If this is against company policy, please contact Syed Askari at the email address listed under "Contact Information"
  • No reservations will be accepted after January 25 or after the class size limit is reached (90 attendees.)
  • No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.



(1) Begin the registration process on at the bottom of this web page and follow the instructions there.  We will need your name, affiliation, and contact information as requested.

After selecting "Verify", you will be prompted to “Pay by PayPal”. This will enable you to pay the registration fee via PayPal.  You will receive two email notices - one when you have submitted your registration information and a second when payment has been confirmed by PayPal   We are not accepting payment by check at this time.  If this is against your company policy, please contact Syed Askari at the email address listed in "Contact Information"

If your company requires it, the GGPF Tax ID# will be provided to you by e-mailing a request to Nayan Ashar at . Please note that the conference registration fee covers the short course expenses and is not a tax deductible donation.

(2) Your registration will not be complete until payment is received.

(3) You will be given a receipt when you arrive for the class. If you need a receipt sooner, contact Syed Askari at email address listed in "Contact Information" and ask for one to be mailed to you.

(4) Reservations will be accepted in the order received until the class size limit is reached. We can accommodate 90 and anticipate selling out. Early reservations are encouraged. No reservations will be possible after attendance limit has been met.

(5) If someone other than the intended attendee is performing the registration process, please ensure that it is the intended attendee whose name appears in the appropriate field in the registration.


(1) Cancellations by you: allowed until January 25, 2010 - you will receive a refund minus a fixed administrative cancellation fee ($50). You must cancel in writing or e-mail and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time. No cancellations allowed after January 25. Registrants who fail to attend and who did not cancel in time will not receive a refund. If you personally cannot attend, another attendee from your organization may substitute (by arrangement only; contact Syed Askari).

(2) Cancellations by us: in the unlikely event that not enough registrations are obtained, the class will be cancelled. If this happens, you will be notified by January 25. Either your credit card will be reimbursed or your check will not be cashed or, if cashed, you will receive a full refund from the GGPF.


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