UV stabilizers in plastics

UV stabilizers in plastics

UV light stabilizers are used frequently in plastics, including cosmetics and films. The primary function is to protect the substance from the long-term degradation effects from light, most frequently ultraviolet light. Different UV stabilizers are utilized depending upon the substrate, intended functional life, and sensitivity to UV degradation, .

UV stabilizers, such as Benzophenones, work by absorbing the UV radiation and preventing the formation of free radicals. Depending upon substitution, the pattern of the UV absorption is changed to match the application. Concentrations normally range from 0.05% to 2%, with some applications up to 5%.

ee also

*UV degradation
*UV radiation

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