Dr. Kurt Dietliker from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH) was invited to visit School of Chemical and Material Engineering in Jiangnan University, and delivered a lecture titled “Photoinitiators：Key Components Enabling Novel Industrial Applications” on Oct. 31st. Dr. Dietliker first gave a brief introduction to the molecular design and photolysis mechanism of free radical photoinitiators and photoacid generators, and demonstrated the application of photopolymerization in the field of adhesives and 3D printings. Then the focus moved to the structure-property relationship of latent photobase generators, followed by the demostration of the application of photobase generators in 2K automotive coatings, organic-inorganic hybrid coatings and reduction of graphene oxide. Many teachers and students participated in the lecture and the following discussion.
Dr. Kurt Dietliker is a leading researcher in the field of photopolymerization. Prior to joining ETH in 2011, Dr. Dietliker has accumulated nearly 35 years’ experience in photopolymerization. His research interest mainly focuses on developing novel photoinitiators and exploring their industry applications. His R&D team (in Ciba Specialty Chemicals and BASF) successfully developed widely used commercial free radical photoinitiators (Irgacure 184, 1173, 819, etc.) and latent photobase generators. He has published more than 50 research papers in the leading journals such as J. Am. Chem. Soc and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., and more than 10 monograph chapters. He has been frequently invited to give plenary lectures in Radtech conferences held in Europe, the North America and Asia.