Boron/Phosphorus-Containing Flame-Retardant Photocurable Coatings
The 21st century is the century of advanced technologies, innovations, smart ideas and smart solutions, yet it is still challenging and demanding. From the perspective of material sciences, today there are still several problems that need to be addressed. Fire retardancy is found on top of the list of these challenging problems. Fire retardancy, which has become one of the most wanted requirements for several materials, is not only an issue of today's technology, but also that of the past and future. This chapter will focus on the fire-resistant photocurable materials, especially on phosphorus- or boron-containing photocurable coatings. First, a brief introduction to flame retardancy will be presented and then the recent progress in the development of phosphorus or boron containing flame-retardant photocurable coatings will be reviewed. Phosphorus- or boron-containing monomers and additives used in photocurable coatings will be summarized and their effectiveness will be discussed.