Photochemical [2+2] Cycloaddition of Biobased Latexes for Composites with Microfibrillated Cellulose
Dalle Vacche, Sara
Molina-Gutierrez, Samantha
Ladmiral, Vincent
Caillol, Sylvain
Lacroix-Desmazes, Patrick
Bongiovanni, Roberta

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Dalle Vacche S., Molina-Gutierrez S., Ladmiral V., Caillol S., Lacroix-Desmazes P., Bongiovanni R., 2022, Photochemical [2+2] Cycloaddition of Biobased Latexes for Composites with Microfibrillated Cellulose, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 92, 277-282.


A biobased latex was obtained by copolymerization in emulsion of ethoxy dihydroeugenyl methacrylate (EDMA) and coumarin methacrylate (CMA). Thin films of poly(EDMA-co-CMA) were irradiated with UV light at 365 nm, to promote the [2+2] photocycloaddition reaction of the coumarin moieties. The advancement of the reaction was followed by monitoring the intensity of the UV-Vis absorbance at 320 nm, characteristic of coumarin, after different irradiation times. Complete dimerization of the coumarin moieties could be achieved. A microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) reinforcement was added to the poly(EDMA-co-CMA) latexes to prepare composite materials. The permeability of the composite films to oxygen, before and after crosslinking, was assessed. For the non-crosslinked films, increasing the cellulose content from 5 wt% to 30 wt% decreased the oxygen transmission rate (OTR) by approximately 70%. When 1 wt% CMA moieties were present in the polymer backbone the OTR was approximately 50 % lower with respect to poly(EDMA) composites. A further slight decrease of permeability was observed upon crosslinking of the composite poly(EDMA-co-CMA)/MFC films.