J. Taylor Goodrich
Taylor completed his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. Shortly thereafter, he joined the material science team at Sirrus Inc., the world’s leading producer of methylene malonates. His research background includes a variety of photo- and base-catalyzed polymerization chemistries, in addition to in-depth material characterizations of both thermoplastic and thermosetting polymers. During his time with Sirrus, Taylor has become an expert in state-of-the-art methylene malonate technology and has taken important first steps in developing these materials for UV-curing applications. This work has led to multiple patentable inventions.
Photopolymerization of Methylene Malonates
Methylene malonates can be synthesized from renewable feedstocks and present a unique opportunity for UV cure. Since the double bond in methylene malonates is activated by two geminal electron withdrawing groups, they are polymerizable free radically and also anionically with the use of photolatent bases. The unique reactivity of methylene malonates allows for the creation of novel UV-cure systems. This work will explore UV cure of methylene malonates using free-radical and anionic photoinitiation.