Photopolymerization Fundamentals 2019

September 15 - 18, 2019    Monterey, CA

Bringing together academic and industrial leaders in the photopolymerization field to address critical, fundamental questions related to photopolymerization

The presentations will be focused on presenting recent research and results from leaders in the photo polymerizations field.  Each speaker will be asked to present their recent results and critical achievements that have resulted from their research or those that would aid them in product development.  A significant amount of each speaker's time will be allotted for audience discussion and answering of questions.  It is hoped that significant dialogue will occur between academic and industrial scientists in this rapidly expanding, critical area.

Highlights of the meeting will include:

  • Numerous scientific, presentations on a wide range of photopolymerization topics
  • An open atmosphere where interaction and technical networking are encouraged
  • A poster session and vendor exhibit
  • Poster competition/award sponsored by the Polymer Chemistry journal
  • Reduced rates for students to promote interaction between industrial scientists and stdents

CALL FOR PAPERS   (▲ back)

Abstract submissions are welcome for technical presentations addressing research topics related to photopolymerization or any type of energy curing.


Abstract Submission Deadline: 31st May 2019

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Exhibition and Sponsorship  (▲ back)

The meeting will include a vendor exhibit that will be combined with the poster sessions and encompass two afternoons with sponsored cash bar.


Exhibits will include a 6 foot table top exhibit area with option for electricity. The cost to exhibit is $1500 and includes complimentary registration for 1 person.


Sponsorship will include a 6 foot table top exhibit area with option for electricity. Sponsorship will also include having the sponsor name and logo in the technical program, verbal acknowledgment of sponsorship during technical sessions, and the option to distribute company literature with the registration packet to all attendees. The cost to sponsor is $2500 and includes complimentary registration for 1 person.

For more information or to register to exhibit contact Neil Cramer at

2019 Invited Speakers  (▲ back)

Christopher Ellison, University of Minnesota

Christopher Bowman, University of Colorado

Allan Guymon, University of Iowa

Jeffrey Stansbury, University of Colorado Denver

Alexandra Vitale, Politecnico di Torino

Tim Scott, University of Michigan

Chris Kloxin, University of Delaware

Céline Croutxé-Barghorn, Université de Haute Alsace

Marco Sangermano, Politecnico di Torino

Thomas Griesser, University of Leoben

Stephanie Bryant, University of Colorado

Jason Burdick, University of Pennsylvania

Sandra Schloegl, Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH

Ron Tong, Virginia Tech

Chris Yakacki, University of Colorado Denver

Yifu Ding, University of Colorado

2019 Agenda (▲ back)

Schedule of Events

Sunday, September 15

  • Short Course 12:30 - 5:30 PM
  • Reception6:00 - 7:00 PM
    Central Upper Plaza
  • Dinner7:00 - 9:00 PM
    Dolphins Ballroom

Monday, September 16

  • Breakfast7:15 - 8:15 AM
    Dolphins Ballroom
  • Technical Program8:30 - 12:00 PM
    Technical Program
  • Lunch12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Dolphins Ballroom
  • Technical Program1:30 - 3:30 PM
    Cypress Ballroom
  • Vendor Exhibit2:00 - 6:30 PM
    Big Sur, Point Lobos, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Poster Session I4:00 - 6:30 PM
    Big Sur, Point Lobos, Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, September 17

  • Breakfast7:15 - 8:15 AM
    Dolphins Ballroom
  • Technical Program8:30 - 12:00 PM
    Cypress Ballroom
  • Lunch12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Dolphins Ballroom
  • Technical Program1:30 - 3:30 PM
    Cypress Ballroom
  • Vendor Exhibit2:00 - 6:30 PM
    Big Sur, Point Lobos, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Poster Session II4:00 - 6:30 PM
    Big Sur, Point Lobos, Robert Loouis Stevenson

Wednesday, September 18

  • Breakfast7:15 - 8:15 AM
    Dolphins Ballroom
  • Technical Program8:30 - 12:00 PM
    Cypress Ballroom
  • Lunch12:00 - 1:30 PM
    Dolphins Ballroom
  • Technical Program1:30 - 4:00 PM
    Cypress Ballroom

2017 Event Details

Sunday, September 17

Photopolymerization Short Course

Session Chair: None
  • Photopolymerization Kinetics12:30 - 1:40
    Chris Bowman, University of Colorado
  • Statistical Design of Experiments1:45 - 2:55
    Allan Guyman, University of Iowa
  • Advanced Photopolymerization Chemistry3:10 - 4:20
    Susan Bailey, IGM Resins
  • Formulations, Adhesion and Optical Properties4:25 - 5:35
    Mike Idacavage, Colorado Photopolymer Solutions

Monday, September 18

Session 1

Session Chair: Chris Bowman
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks8:00 - 8:10
    Chris Bowman & David Harbourne
  • Light Driven Soft Matter Materials Synthesis8:10 - 8:40
    Christopher Barner-Kowolik, Queensland University of Technology
  • Exploiting Light to Push the Limits of Controlled Radical Polymerization8:40 - 9:10
    Brent Summerlin, University of Florida
  • Polymeric Capsules Produced Via Miniemulsion or Aerosol Cationic Photopolymerization9:10 - 9:40
    Marco Sangermano, Politecnico di Torino
  • Break9:40 - 10:00

  • Photopolymerizable Low-Shrinkage Composites Based on Vinylcyclopropanes and Bis(4-methoxybenzoyl)diethylgermane10:00 - 10:30
    Yohann Catel, Ivoclar Vivadent AG
  • Orthogonal Network Forming Strategies using the Photoinitiated Copper-catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition Reaction10:30 - 11:00
    Chris Kloxin, University of Delaware
  • Novel Perfluoropolyethers for Photopolymerization Processes11:00 - 11:30
    Roberta Bongiovanni, Politecnico di Torino
  • New Approaches to Macromers11:30 - 12:00
    Jeffrey Stansbury, University of Colorado Denver
  • Lunch12:00 - 1:30

Monday, September 18

Session 2

Session Chair: Mike Idacavage
  • High Performance Fibers Via Simultaneous Fiber Spinning and Photopolymerization1:30 - 2:00
    Christopher Ellison, University of Minnesota
  • Aza-Michael Addition and Radical Photopolymerization: Towards Shape Memory Materials and Scratch Resistant Coatings2:00 - 2:30
    Céline Croutxé-Barghorn, Université de Haute Alsace
  • LED-Cured Self-Replenishing Hydrophobic Coatings2:30 - 3:00
    Xavier Allonas, Université de Haute Alsace
  • Vendor Exhibit2:00 - 5:30

  • Poster Session I 3:30 - 5:30

Tuesday, September 19

Session 3

Session Chair: Susan Bailey
  • Photoinitiated Control of Dynamic Covalent Chemistry in Polymer Networks8:00 - 8:30
    Christopher Bowman, University of Colorado
  • Photo-sensitive Multi-responsive Structurally Dynamic Polymers8:30 - 9:00
    Stuart Rowan, University of Chicago
  • Photo-Mediated Cold Welding of Glassy Polymer Networks9:00 - 9:30
    Tim Scott, University of Michigan
  • Using Light to Actuate and Locally Tune the Properties of Polymers9:30 - 10:00
    Michael Dickey
  • Break10:00 - 10:20

  • Acylphosphane Oxides as Photoinitiators, Reductants, and Grafting Agents10:20 - 10:50
    Hansjörg Grützmacher, ETH Zürich
  • Rapid Volumetric Photopolymerization of Complex 3D Geometries by Computed Axial Lithograpy10:50 - 11:20
    Brett Kelly, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Photopolymerizable hybrid Resins based on Isosorbide11:20 - 11:50
    Dominika Lastovickova, U.S. Army research Laboratory

Tuesday, September 19

Session 4

Session Chair: Roberta Bongiovanni
  • Micron-Scale Stereolithography of Cytocompatible Hydrogels1:30 - 2:00
    Robert McLeod,, University of Colorado
  • New Materials for DLP 3D Printing Technology2:00 - 2:30
    Ignazio Roppolo, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  • 3D Materials2:30 - 2:50
  • Urethane Acrylate Materials for Stereolithography: Effect of Reactive Diluent on Polymer Properties2:00 - 3:10
    Eric Arndt, Formlabs
  • Vendor Exhibit and Poster Session II3:30 - 5:30

Wednesday, September 20

Session 5

Session Chair: Marco Sangermano
  • Improved Cochlear Implant Biomaterials through Photopolymerization8:00 - 8:30
    Allan Guymon, University of Iowa
  • In Situ Forming Photopolymerizable Hydrogels for Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering8:30 - 9:00
    Stephanie Bryant
  • Exploring Thiol-Yne Based Resins for the 3D Printing of Functional Biomedical Devices9:00 - 9:30
    Thomas Griesser, University of Leoben
  • Coatings for Improved Tissue Retention of Cell Therapies9:30 - 10:00
    Brad Berron, University of Kentucky
  • Break10:00 - 10:20

  • Pro-Antimicrobial Networks Via Degradable Acetals (PANDAs) Prepared Via Thiol-Ene Photopolymerization10:20 - 10:50
    Derek Patton
  • Biofilm Disruption Via Photoresponsive Coatings 10:50 - 11:20
    Devatha Nair, University of Colorado
  • Synthesis of 3D Biodegradable and Functional Networks by the use of Photo-Triggered Coupling Reactions11:20 - 11:50
    Laetitia Mespouille, University of Mons
  • Lunch12:00 - 1:30

Wednesday, September 20

Session 6

Session Chair: Allan Guymon
  • Photopolymerization of Liquid Crystalline Monomers: Enabling Next Generation Optics1:30 - 2:00
    Timothy White, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Synthesis and Optical Properties of Organically Modified Chalcogenide (ORMOCHALC) Polymers2:00 - 2:30
    Darryl Boyd, US Naval Research Laboratory
  • Sustained Motion in Photo Responsive Liquid Crystal Networks2:30 - 3:00
    Anne Helene, Eindhoven University of Technology

Venue  (▲ back)

The conference will be held at Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa located in Monterey, CA

Please check out the new Vimeo with a birds eye view of the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa!

Housing arrangements can be made by calling 800-334-3999. To receive the special group rate of $179/night, please mention that you are with the Photopolymerization Fundamentals Conference when calling the reservation office.  Reservations must be made by August 21, 2019 at 4:00pm in order to receive the group rate.

Airports and driving time:

The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is only 5-10 minutes from the Monterey Peninsula Airport, with connecting flights through San Francisco and Los Angeles International, Phoenix, Salt lake City, Las Vegas and Denver Airports.

The San Jose Airport is just about an hour and 15 minutes away, while the San Francisco Airport is around 90 minutes away.

The Monterey Peninsula Airbus provides transportation from Monterey to and from the San Jose and San Francisco airports.  Reservations are required for door to door service.  Please call the Monterey Airbus at (831) 373-7777 or

San Jose Airport to Monterey Plaza Hotel: $52.00 each way and $104.00 round trip

San Francisco Airport to Monterey Plaza Hotel: $62.00 each way and $124.00 round trip.

CCM&E can also provide managed transportation for 1 to 50+ including Town cars

Taxis are also available to and from Monterey Airport for around $15.00 each way and Uber is around $10.00

Individual cancellations must be received within 24 hours of arrival to avoid full rate for the entire stay.


2017 Poster Session  (▲ back)

Journal of Polymer Chemistry is sponsoring a Student Poster Competition with $200 cash prize.

Poster Session I

1. Ho Jong Kang, Dankook University

Photopolymerization of Acrylate

2. Ikpreet Grover, Henkel Corporation

Novel High Temp Resin for Open SLA-DLP 3D Printers

3. A. Camila Uzcategui, University of Colorado

Characterization and Optimization of a Stereolithography-Based Hydrogel for Improved Mechanical Properties

4. Archish Muralidharan, University of Colorado

Characterization of 3D Printed Scaffolds Using Stereolithography for Cartilage Tissue Regeneration

5. Cong Li, University of Kentucky

Surface chemistry promoting cell engraftment for tissue repair

6. John Hergert, University of Colorado

Fundamentals of Stereolithographic 3D Printing of Low Solids Hydrogels

7. Parag Shah, University of Colorado

3D Printing with Polymeric Nanogel Particles

8. Brian Green, University of Iowa

Improving Anisotropic Properties of Objects Printed via Stereolithography

9. Brady Worrell, University of Colorado

Photoswitchable Plasticity in Photopolymerizable Crosslinked Polymers

10. Dillon Love, University of Colorado

Radical Thiol-Ene Approach to Sequence Ordered and Biomimetic Polymers

11. Xinpeng Zhang, University of Colorado

Photo Controlled Two-Stage Reactive Polymer Construction and Application

12. Jacob McLaughlin, University of Iowa

Nanostructured, Stimuli-responsive Hydrogels as Forward Osmosis Draw Agents

13. Matthew McBride, University of Colorado

Photo induced Stress Relaxation in Liquid Crystalline Networks

14. Brian Donovan, Air Force Research Laboratory

Uniform Liquid Crystal Elastomers from Thiol-ene Photopolymerizations

15. Ted Hagen, University of Colorado

Evaluation of the Photodynamic Behavior of Spiropyran Additives in Photopolymer Systems

16. Chaitanya Ullal, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Towards 3D interference nanolithography using a spirothiopyran based photoresist

17. Piet Iedema, University of Amsterdam

Modeling Photocuring of Diacrylates

18. Amy Sullivan, University of Colorado

Mechanical response of holographic photopolymers

19. Stephen Humphrey, Esterline

Affordable Modifications to a DSC for Monitoring Photoinitiated Polymerization Reactions

20. Haruyuki Okamura, Osaka Prefecture University

Analysis of Network Structures in Thiol-Ene UV Curing System Using Reworkable Resins

21. Doris Abt, Karlsruhe

Light-Controlled Strategies to Design Macromolecular Patterns on Surfaces Characterized via ToF-SIMS as a Highly Sensitive Surface Analytical Tool

22.  Hannes Houck, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Photodeactivation of Triazolinediones Enabling Light-Controlled Reaction Selectivity

23.  Marvin Alim, University of Colorado

High An two-stage holographic Photopolymers via high refractive index monomers exhibiting enhanced solubility

24.  Erion Hasa, University of Iowa

Light-Controlled Phase Separation Using Different Monomer Compositions of a Radical/Cationic System

25.  Shiva Rastogi, Texas State University

Photoresponsive Azo-Combretastatin A-4 Analogues

26.  Celine Bonneaud, Ingenieries et Architectures Macromoleculaires

ENSCM Radical Photopolymerization of Novel Perfluoropolyethers

Poster Session II

1. David Glugla, University of Colorado

Measuring Diffusion and Fabricating Diffractive Optical Elements Within A Photopolymer Gel

2. Ima Yaghoubi Rad, Colorado State University

Suppression of Hydrolytic Degradation via Styrenic Nanogels

3. Rebecca Roberts, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Polymerization Stress Reduction With Thiol-Functional Nanogels

4. Sijia Huang, University of Colorado

Dental Restorative Material with Reduced Shrinkage Stress and Enhanced Conversion by Photo-Initiated Thiol-Michael Polymerization

5. Guangzhe Gao, University of Colorado

Synthesis of Nanogels by Step-Growth Polymerization

6. Braden Leigh, University of Iowa

Photopatterned zwitterionic thin films resist cell adhesion and direct neurite growth

7. Maciej Podgorski, University of Colorado

Stress Relaxation and Network Shape Control via Acyl Transfer to Hydroxyl Groups

8. Marika Morone, IGM Resins

New Liquid Acyl Phosphine Oxide Photoinitiators

9. Jasmine Sinha, University of Colorado

Development of Vinyl Sulfonate Michael monomers and Its influence in Polymer Network by Thiol-Michael Addition Reactions

10. Han Byul Song, University of Colorado

Toughness of Mechanically Assisted Triazole-Based Glassy Photopolymer Network

11. Atefe Nejadebrahim, Amirkabir University

Photo Curable Acrylate-Epoxide Systems with Three Component Photo initiators Containing Nano Pigments

12. Kimberly Childress, University of Colorado

Coupled UV-Vis/FT-NIR Spectroscopy for the Real-Time Investigation of Photopolymerization Kinetics Using Mixed Photoinitiating Systems

13. Caitlyn Cook, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Preparation of Electronic Ink Core-Shell Microcapsules

14. Abhishek Shete, University of Delaware

Tunable photopolymerization of copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (photo-CuAAC) ‘click’ networks with Norrish Type II photoinitiating system

15. Piet Iedema, University of Amsterdam

Topological Structure of Acrylate Networks Created by a Photopolymerization Process Modeled as a Random Graph

16. Rhiannon Batchelor, University of NSW

Spatially Resolved λ-Orthogonal Functionalisation of PEG Based Hydrogels

17. Alessandra Vitale, Politecnico di Torino

Photocured Siloxane Polymers for Genomic Microfluidic Applications

18. Kyungmin Lee, Air Force Research Laboratory

Initiatorless Photopolymerization of Liquid Crystal Monomers:  Enabling Improved Electro-Optic Device Performance

19. Bryan Tuten, Queensland University of Technology

Pyreneacyl Sulfides as a Visible Light-Induced Versatile Ligation Platform

20. Philipp Jöckle, Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry

An In-Depth Mechanistic Investigation of the Radical Initiation Behavior of Monoacylgermanes

21. Andrea Lauer, Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie

Wavelength-Dependent Photochemical Stability of Photoinitiator-Derived Macromolecular Chain Termini

22. Carolin Heiler, Institut für Technische Chemie und Polymerchemie,

UV- and Visible Light-Induced Folding of Single Polymer Chains in Aqueous Environments

23.  Thomas Efsen, Efsen Engineering A/S

New Developments in UV LED Process Control - Using Inline Continuous Automated Dynamic Technology (ICAD-Technology)

24.  Alina Martinez, University of Colorado

Liquid Crystal Elastomer Photo-Origami

25.  Shiva Rastogi, Texas State University

Enhanced Release of Molecules Upon Ultraviolet (UV)  Light Irradiation From Photoresponsive Hydrogel

Register  (▲ back)

Registration fees through July 14th are $845 for non-students and $480 for students.  A special registration rate is being offered to Radtech International members of $795.  

In addition, to the general registration fee, a special short course is being offered for $295 for non-students and $120 for students.  

These fees will increase after July 14th!   

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Cancellation Policy  (▲ back) 

Half of the registration fee paid will be refunded less a $25 processing fee if registration is cancelled in writing prior to September 1, 2019.

No refunds will be given for cancellations after September 1, 2019. The conference organizers will consider name substitutions.

If you encounter any problems with the registration process, please call 301-253-3700 ext 1 or email

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