September 30, 2022 Longchang Chemical

Sinocure® TPO / Photoinitiator TPO / Lucirin TPO / Irgacure TPO CAS 75980-60-8


The manufacture of polymers is impossible without photopolymerization, which is mostly comprised of environmentally benign processes (low energy consumption, no use of solvent, reaction at low temperature). This has applications in coatings, inks, adhesive optoelectronics, nanotechnologies, and even printing in three dimensions (3D printing). Photopolymerization is one of the most favourable processes because it does not release radicals after the irradiation is switched off. In contrast, thermal initiators continue to deteriorate for a long time after the heat is removed, making photopolymerization one of the most advantageous procedures. Because of the various benefits they offer in comparison to traditional ultraviolet mercury vapour (Hg) lamps, near-ultraviolet light emitting diodes, also known as LEDs, are becoming an increasingly popular choice for starting photopolymerization reactions.

In practise, it is necessary for the emission spectrum of the light source and the absorption spectrum of the photoinitiator (PI) to be identical to one another. As a result, only a tiny portion of the photoinitiators of type I and II that are now available for purchase on the market (primarily BAPO, TPO, and TPO-L for type I (cleavable) PI; ITX and CQ for type II PI) are compatible with LEDs that operate between 365 and 405 nm (with an H-abstraction reaction on the co-initiator).

What is Photoinitiator TPO?

Photoinitiator TPO, also known as diphenyl(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl) phosphine oxide, is a chemical substance that is utilised in UV-cure coatings systems in the role of a photoinitiator. An example of an aromatic organic phosphine oxide is shown here in the form of the TPO molecule.

Photoinitiator TPO can be utilised with a broad number of coating chemistries due to the fact that it is offered in both powder and liquid forms (which can be purchased separately). The curing process of powder coatings, gravure inks, inkjet inks, and UV-cure acrylic resins is sped up by the use of a photoinitiator that serves multiple purposes.

Photoinitiator TPO is a powerful photocatalyst because it is a photoinitiator of the free radical (1) type and it absorbs light over a wide spectrum of wavelengths. It has a light curing speed; it also has light bleaching; it is ideally suited to the characteristics of deep, thick film and coating curing in the same yellow; and its low volatile content makes it an excellent option for water-based applications. Light can generate two free radicals called benzoyl and phosphoryl. These radicals can cause aggregation. The material is capable of absorbing light with wavelengths ranging from 320 to 420 nm, with the peak absorption occurring between 350 and 400 nm. Because its absorption peak is lower, the Chemicalbook has a lower starting concentration than regular books.

Synthesis of Photoinitiator TPO

Diphenylethoxy phosphine is the major raw material that is utilised in the production of photoinitiator TPO. The reactions of toluene and 2, 4, 6-trimethylbenzoyl chloride with this compound take place concurrently. The byproduct of the reaction is subjected to a variety of temperatures before going through the processes of melting, cooling, crystallising, filtering, and finally drying. The end result is a chemical that does not degrade over time and can be manufactured in very large quantities. The method of the invention provides a number of benefits, such as an uncomplicated production procedure, a low total production cost, and a reduction in the amount of pollutants produced.

Absorption Peak of Photoinitiator TPO

Because of its ability to absorb light across a wide spectrum, TPO is a powerful photoinitiator for activities that involve the production of free radicals. It absorbs light across a wide spectrum, with the highest value occurring between 350 and 400 nanometers and a constant value occurring at 420 nanometers. The peak of absorption lasts significantly longer than it does for the typical initiator. Irradiation results in the formation of two types of free radicals: benzoyl and phosphatidyl. Both of these radicals have the ability to kickstart the polymerization process. As a direct result of this, photo-curing happens very quickly. In addition to being fantastic for yellow-stable coating and thick film deep curing, it also has a capability that allows it to photobleach. Because of its low propensity to catch fire, it is compatible with the presence of water. It would appear that the white system is partial to this particular product. This multipurpose substance is utilised in a wide variety of products, including ink, adhesives, coatings, optical fibres, photoresist, photopolymer plates, composites, and dental fillings, to name just a few. The recommended dosage range for this medication, as determined by the findings of clinical studies, is somewhere between 0.5 and 4% weight-per-weight (w/w).

Liquid TPO (TPO-L)

Due to the fact that TPO-L is a liquid photoinitiator, it is adaptable for usage in a variety of different formulations. The overwhelming majority of UV-curable oligomers and monomers can be used in conjunction with it. Additionally, it is compatible with a variety of different photoinitiators. Compounds that cure with reduced yellowing and odour can be produced using TPO-L, which can also be used in their production. Because of its capacity for absorption in the long-wave ultraviolet region, TPO is well-suited for use in pigmented systems, in particular those that contain TiO2 and thick film layers.

Characteristics and Uses

The highly effective free radical cleavage photoinitiator TPO CAS75980-60-8, which has a broad absorption wavelength range, is the photoinitiator that starts the UV polymerization reaction of the unsaturated prepolymerization system.

This kind of initiator is distinguished by the speed with which it cures, the anti-yellowing capabilities it possesses, and its odorlessness. Its most common use is as a photoinitiator in a wide variety of printing inks, such as those used for screen printing, lithographic printing, flexographic printing, and coatings for wood. TPO cures more quickly and completely on white surfaces or surfaces with a high concentration of titanium dioxide pigment.

In Coatings

It can be used for a variety of coating applications. Because of its high absorption rate, it is used in the production of screen printing inks, offset printing inks, flexographic printing inks, and wood coatings. There is no post-polymerization effect, the coating does not yellow, and there is no residue left behind.

As a Translucent Coating

It is also possible to use it as a translucent coating, which is ideal for items that need to conform to stringent smell restrictions. It has a high start efficiency when utilised just in a solution that also contains unsaturated polyester and styrene when used alone.

It is often used in conjunction with amines or acrylamides, in addition to other photoinitiators, in order to enable the full curing of acrylate systems, particularly coloured acrylate systems. This approach for creating thick film layers is perfect for white systems that require only a small amount of yellowing.

The process through which one’s health is restored is referred to as regeneration. In order to hasten the curing process, it is common practise to combine the photoinitiator TPO with either MOB 240 or CBP 393, respectively. In the field of fine chemicals, it is utilised as a formylation reagent, and in the field of petroleum aromatics equipment, it is considered to be the most effective extraction solvent.


Curing Ability on Pigmented Surfaces

If you apply it to a surface that is already white or contains a significant amount of titanium dioxide, it will cure completely. The coating never turns yellow and there are no residues left over from the post-polymerization process. The effects of this process are also minimal. Their use can make coatings more transparent, which is particularly useful for coverings required for items that must have a low odour threshold. When utilised by itself in an unsaturated polyester system that also contains styrene, it possesses a high start efficiency. This is especially true for white systems, those with the least amount of fading, and those that cure thick films. Wood can be coated with a variety of different types of ink, including flexographic ink, lithographic ink, and silk printing ink. It is recommended that you take dosages of 0.5%-3.0% (coloured system) and 0.2%-1% (white system) (transparent system).

In UV Curing

As a photoinitiator, it is utilised in white systems, ultraviolet curing coatings, printing inks, ultraviolet curing adhesives, photoconductive fibre coatings, photoresist, photopolymeric plates, stereolithography resins, composite materials, and dental fillings. In addition, it is also used in photoconductive fibre coatings.

Titanium dioxide enables TPO to efficiently cure on surfaces of any colour, even white, so expanding its use scope.

Screen printing ink, lithographic printing ink, flexo printing ink, and wood coating are just some of the many applications that benefit from the ink’s remarkable absorption qualities and extensive use in other coatings. Other applications include printing inks for screen printing, flexo printing, and lithographic printing. All of these uses are made possible as a result of its adaptability.

In addition to this, it can be utilised in the manufacturing of transparent coatings, particularly coatings that must have a minimal amount of odour.

As an Extraction Solvent

Additionally to being the best extraction solvent for the petroleum aromatics unit, it also finds use as a formylation reagent in the fine chemical industry.


In its capacity as a photoinitiator, its principal use is in the manufacturing of inks for use in a variety of printing techniques, including lithography, flexography, and screen printing, as well as coatings for wood. TPO has the ability to totally cure on surfaces that are either white or have a bright coloration caused by titanium dioxide. It has a wide range of applications and can be found in a variety of paints. Because of its high absorption rate, it is suitable for use in a variety of printing inks, such as those used for flexographic printing, offset printing, screen printing, and coatings for wood. Yellowing of the coating is prevented, the effects of post-polymerization are neutralised, and there is no trace of residue left behind. It is also possible to use it as a transparent coating, which makes it an excellent choice for applications that require a low level of odour.

When it is employed by itself, it demonstrates a high level of initiation efficiency in a solution including unsaturated polyester and styrene. In order to accomplish complete curing in acrylate systems, particularly coloured acrylate systems, it is common practise to combine the use of amines or acrylamides with the use of other photoinitiators. This is especially true for coloured acrylate systems. Extremely useful for white systems that require only a little bit of fading and have thick film layers. It does not matter whether you are using MOB240 or CBP393, the photoinitiator TPO is utilised to speed up the curing process. It is the best extraction solvent for aromatics processing equipment that is obtained from petroleum, making it excellent for use as a formylation reagent in the field of fine chemicals.

Cationic photoinitiator and free radical photoinitiator hybrid curing

Cationic/radical hybrid curing of mixtures of epoxy and acrylate is uniquely advantageous in some applications, giving unique properties that are much superior to the curing of either single system. In the formulation of epoxy, the addition of up to 30% triacrylate resin and the introduction of free radical initiators, such as benzophenone (without amine) or hydroxyacetophenone, can have a faster cure rate and good adhesion in plastics and on metals. Type II photoinitiator benzophenone can extract a hydrogen atom from polyether or substrate to obtain an oligomeric radical, which can cross-link with acrylate resin to generate photo-grafted polymers with higher density. It is less effective when mono- or diacrylate resins are used in hybrid systems.

Same series products

Product name CAS NO. Chemical name
Sinocure® TPO 75980-60-8 Diphenyl(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide
Sinocure® TPO-L 84434-11-7 Ethyl (2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl) phenylphosphinate
Sinocure® 819/920 162881-26-7 Phenylbis(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide
Sinocure® 819 DW 162881-26-7 Irgacure 819 DW
Sinocure® ITX 5495-84-1 2-Isopropylthioxanthone
Sinocure® DETX 82799-44-8 2,4-Diethyl-9H-thioxanthen-9-one
Sinocure® BDK/651 24650-42-8 2,2-Dimethoxy-2-phenylacetophenone
Sinocure® 907 71868-10-5 2-Methyl-4′-(methylthio)-2-morpholinopropiophenone
Sinocure® 184 947-19-3 1-Hydroxycyclohexyl phenyl ketone
Sinocure® MBF 15206-55-0 Methyl benzoylformate
Sinocure® 150 163702-01-0 Benzene, (1-methylethenyl)-, homopolymer,ar-(2-hydroxy-2-methyl-1-oxopropyl) derivs
Sinocure® 160 71868-15-0 Difunctional alpha hydroxy ketone
Sinocure® 1173 7473-98-5 2-Hydroxy-2-methylpropiophenone
Sinocure® EMK 90-93-7 4,4′-Bis(diethylamino) benzophenone
Sinocure® PBZ 2128-93-0 4-Benzoylbiphenyl
Sinocure® OMBB/MBB 606-28-0 Methyl 2-benzoylbenzoate
Sinocure® BP 119-61-9 Benzophenone
Sinocure® 754 211510-16-6 Benzeneacetic acid, alpha-oxo-, Oxydi-2,1-ethanediyl ester
Sinocure® CBP 134-85-0 4-Chlorobenzophenone
Sinocure® MBP 134-84-9 4-Methylbenzophenone
Sinocure® EHA 21245-02-3 2-Ethylhexyl 4-dimethylaminobenzoate
Sinocure® DMB 2208-05-1 2-(Dimethylamino)ethyl benzoate
Sinocure® EDB 10287-53-3 Ethyl 4-dimethylaminobenzoate
Sinocure® 250 344562-80-7 (4-Methylphenyl) [4-(2-methylpropyl)phenyl] iodoniumhexafluorophosphate
Sinocure® 369 119313-12-1 2-Benzyl-2-(dimethylamino)-4′-morpholinobutyrophenone
Sinocure® 379 119344-86-4 1-Butanone, 2-(dimethylamino)-2-(4-methylphenyl)methyl-1-4-(4-morpholinyl)phenyl-
Sinocure® 938 61358-25-6 Bis(4-tert-butylphenyl)iodonium hexafluorophosphate
Sinocure® 6992 MX 75482-18-7 & 74227-35-3 Cationic Photoinitiator UVI-6992
Sinocure® 6992 68156-13-8 Diphenyl(4-phenylthio)phenylsufonium hexafluorophosphate
Sinocure® 6993-S 71449-78-0 & 89452-37-9 Mixed type triarylsulfonium hexafluoroantimonate salts
Sinocure® 6993-P 71449-78-0 4-Thiophenyl phenyl diphenyl sulfonium hexafluoroantimonate
Sinocure® 1206 Photoinitiator APi-1206

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