Photoinitiated polymerization of β-cyclodextrin/methyl methacrylate host/guest complex in the presence of water soluble photoinitiator, thioxanthone-catechol-O,O′-diacetic acid

  • Feyza Karasu
  • Demet Karaca Balta
  • Robert Liska
  • Nergis ArsuEmail author
Original Article


β-Cyclodextrin (β-CD) was used to complex the monomer, methyl methacrylate (MMA), yielding a water-soluble host/guest complex. Photoinitiated polymerization of β-CD/MMA complex was achieved in the presence of thioxanthone-catechol-O,O′-diacetic acid (TX-Ct), a one component water soluble photoinitiator. Photodecarboxylation of TX-Ct in water seems to be an important reaction mechanism. Therefore, resulting alkyl radicals are able to initiate the polymerization of β-CD/MMA host/guest complex in water.


Photopolymerization Free radical polymerization β-Cyclodextrin Thioxanthone Water soluble photoinitiator 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feyza Karasu
    • 1
  • Demet Karaca Balta
    • 1
  • Robert Liska
    • 2
  • Nergis Arsu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryYildiz Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Institute of Applied Synthetic ChemistryVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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