Kade Denver Hawkins
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Graduation date: Spring 2023
MORE | Spring 2023
Dual Cationic-Radical RAFT Photo-Polymerization for the Formation of Co-Polymers Under Ambient Conditions
Multi-material 3D printing as an additive manufacturing technique is growing in importance as a way to produce unique materials in a more sustainable fashion. Current processes are slow and require an inert environment free of oxygen and moisture. Furthermore, these final products are not easily reprocessed. This research explores creative methods to expedite light-controlled RAFT polymerizations via in situ removal of oxygen and moisture through tight ion pairing. The utilization of a RAFT agent improves reprocessability through the reactivation of chain ends allowing the incorporation of additional or alternative monomer units in order to repair or repurpose materials.
Mentor: S. Eileen Seo