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The field of photopolymer science continues year after year to steadily advance fueled both by academic enthusiasm and by industrial pragmatism. The numerous environmental and economic benefits of light induced chemistry make these technologies popular for manufacturers and fabricators within a wide range of different industrial sectors. 

The European Symposium of Photopolymer Science (ESPS) aims to bring together the brightest minds from both academia and industry to collectively present and discuss the fundamental issues within this still burgeoning field. The meeting consists of seminars from not just European but international leaders of photopolymer science with topics addressing critical issues such as photochemistry, reaction kinetics, analytical methods, photoinitiator and monomer synthesis, structure-property relations, polymer processing, as well as applications.

The first ESPS meeting was held in Mulhouse, France in 2010 and the second meeting took place in Torino, Italy in September 2012.   Looking to continue a tradition of excellence set by the two previous meetings, the Vienna University of Technology will host the Third Symposium to be held September 9-12, 2014.

It is the intention of the organizers to provide ample time for discussion to emphasize the workshop character and stimulate the exchange of new ideas. The program will be mainly based on invited talks given by respectable scientists working in the field of photopolymer science. In addition, other contributed papers with 15 minutes allotted for presentations as well as posters may be submitted. 

Topics that will be discussed at the meeting include: (but are by no means limited to):


  • Radical and Cationic UV-Curing Process
  • Thiol-Ene Polymerizations
  • Oxygen Inhibition
  • Polymerization Kinetics
  • Novel Concepts
  • Advanced Materials and Applications
  • Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing
  • Hydrogels
  • Medical and Dental Materials