Project title: Implementation of photogenerated strong protic acids (PAG-s) based on innovative accelerating molecules for application in the industry of photo-curable polymer coatings

Project number: TANGO2/340229/NCBR/2017 - NCBiR 

Principal investigator: Dr hab inż. Joanna Ortyl, Prof. PK

Obtained funds: 1 091 999 PLN

Funding source: National Center for Research and Development

Project duration:

Start day: 01-09-2019

End day: 31-04-2022

Short disctoption of the project:

The practical goal of the project is the effective marketing of the developed invention concerning photogenerators of strong protic acids (PAG-s) based on innovative accelerating molecules. There are reasons for taking actions towards implementation of the results obtained in the SONATA base project (NCN) in the economic practice because:

  1. New chemical compounds were developed for the role of PAGs,
  2. These compounds shifted the light sensitivity of commercially available PAGs to the near-UV (UV-A) range and some of the derivatives to the visible spectrum,
  3. The developed compounds in the process of synergistic interaction with iodonium salts lead to conversions of about 70% for epoxy monomers during cationic photopolymerization while for acrylic monomers (radical photopolymerization) (the conversion of monomers about >95% are obtained),
  4. It is possible to obtain an increase in the speed of the whole process, a reduction of the polymerization time, and thus a possibility to lower the concentration of the initiator system used, and thus directly an increase in savings resulting from lower financial outlays for both,
  5. The systems developed will be able to be used in much lower concentrations without slowing down the production rate of polymeric coatings or increasing the production rate.

Project outcomes:


  • HOLA, Emilia, et al. New bimolecular photoinitiating systems based on terphenyl derivatives as highly efficient photosensitizers for 3D printing application. Polymer Chemistry, 2020, 11.4: 922-935. 
  • TOMAL, Wiktoria, et al. Development of new high-performance biphenyl and terphenyl derivatives as versatile photoredox photoinitiating systems and their applications in 3D printing photopolymerization processes. Catalysts, 2019, 9.10: 827.

Patent applications

  • PATENT APPLICATION P.426896 Date of application: 2018-09-04 Authors of the application: Joanna Ortyl, Wiktoria Świątek, Anna Chachaj-Brekiesz, Maciej Pilch, Title of the application: New 2-amino-4-phenyl-6-methyl-benzene-1,3- dicarbonitrile derivatives, processes for their production, new photoinitiator systems for cationic, radical, thiol-en and hybrid photoinitiatiopolymerization and the use of new 2-amino-4-derivatives phenyl-6- methylbenzene-1,3-dicarbonitrile Implementation of the invention National patent granted PL 228289 dated 30.03.2018 formerly 
  • PATENT APPLICATION P.408415 with priority date 02-06-2014 Licensee: based on the cooperation agreement and license agreement 24-04-2019, Gdańska Fabryka Farb Graficznych Sp. z o.o., Ul. Chwaszczyńska 129E, 81-571


  • Awards: BRONZE MEDAL at the Seoul International Invention Fair 06-09.12-2018 The title of the award-winning invention: "New Fluorescent Probes /Monitoring and Acceleration of Cationic, Free-Radical and Thiol-ene Photopolymerization Processes under UV-LEDs and Vis-LED Sources of Light." 
  • SILVER MEDAL at Arca 2018 - 16th International Innovation Exhibition 18-20.11.2018 The title of the awarded invention: "Novel photochemical initiating systems for cationic, free-radicals and hybrid photopolymerization processes of coatings under the light." 
  • GOLD MEDAL at iENA - International Trade Fair "Ideas - Inventions - New Products Norynberg, Germany 01/04/11/2018