Performance comparison of acrylic and thiolacrylic resins in two-photon polymerization

Lijia Jiang, Wei Xiong, Yushen Zhou, Ying Liu, Xi Huang, Dawei Li, Tommaso Baldacchini, Lan Jiang, Yongfeng Lu

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Abstract

Microfabrication by two-photon polymerization is investigated using resins based on thiol-ene chemistry. In particular, resins containing different amounts of a tetrafunctional acrylic monomer and a tetrafunctional thiol molecule are used to create complex microstructures. We observe the enhancement of several characteristics of two-photon polymerization when using thiol-acrylic resins. Specifically, microfabrication is carried out using higher writing velocities and it produces stronger polymeric microstructures. Furthermore, the amount of shrinkage typically observed in the production of three-dimensional microstructures is reduced also. By means of microspectrometry, we confirm that the thiol-acrylate mixture in TPP resins promote monomer conversion inducing a higher degree of crosslinked network formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13687-13701
Number of pages15
JournalOptics Express
Volume24
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 13 2016

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    Jiang, L., Xiong, W., Zhou, Y., Liu, Y., Huang, X., Li, D., Baldacchini, T., Jiang, L., & Lu, Y. (2016). Performance comparison of acrylic and thiolacrylic resins in two-photon polymerization. Optics Express, 24(12), 13687-13701. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.24.013687