Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Chemical Engineering


Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering


Joseph Stanzione, Ph.D.

Committee Member 1

Alexander W. Bassett, Ph.D.

Committee Member 2

James A. Newell, Ph.D.

Committee Member 3

Jianwei Tu, Ph.D.


Additive Manufacturing, Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, Stereolithography, Structure-Property Relationships


Vat photopolymerization


Chemical Engineering | Engineering


Recently vat photopolymerization (VPP), a type of additive manufacturing (AM), has the potential to be used for a variety of commercial and military applications due to the ability to make custom parts rapidly and with complex geometries. Many commercially available photopolymerizable resins consist of (meth)acrylate and epoxy functionality to ensure rapid cure time and minimal shrinkage. Today, researchers continue to find the optimal balance of (meth)acrylate/epoxy functionality in unique formulations and network configurations, such as interpenetrating polymer networks (IPN)s, to enhance processibility and the quality of the final printed part. This work explores the structure-property relationships of a set of VPP resins synthesized from select starting materials in addition to improving the one-pot, two-step reaction methodology that has been employed by the Sustainable Materials Research Laboratory (SMRL) at Rowan University. Epoxy-methacrylate IPNs were prepared via a sequentially cured AM technique and subsequently evaluated for their thermal and mechanical properties. Through the incorporation of higher degrees of aliphatic character, the 3D printed IPNs yield an enhancement in toughness while maintaining thermal properties. Resultant IPNs were found to maintain glass transition temperatures above 130 ⁰C (tan δ) and increase fracture energies by more than 160%.