Trade News  |  28 February 2019

New BASF vinyl monomer for UV curing products in the printing and coatings industry

  • Innovative vinyl methyl oxazolidinone (VMOX) reactive diluent
  • Easy handling, excellent application properties and favorable toxicological profile
  • Product launch at the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg


With vinyl methyl oxazolidinone (VMOX), BASF offers a new vinyl monomer in commercial quantities. VMOX is particularly suitable as a reactive diluent in UV curing inks and coatings, which can for example be used for digital UV printing. In these applications, the vinyl monomer has many technical benefits compared to conventional reactive diluents and allows innovative coatings formulations with a favorable toxicological profile. BASF will be presenting VMOX for the first time at the European Coatings Show, which will be held from March 19 to 21 in Nuremberg.

Very low viscosity, liquid at room temperature

VMOX is liquid at room temperature and has a very low viscosity of ca. 4 mPažs. Compared to conventional raw materials, it enables the preparation of low-viscous and almost odorless formulations. VMOX is characterized by a high copolymerization reactivity with acrylates. The monomer brings excellent adhesion properties on all common substrates, even at low dosages. It also enables more brilliant colors in the final printed products and coatings. The toxicological profile of VMOX is an additional benefit. Compared to conventional products, according to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) classification, VMOX does not require the labels “serious health hazard” and “acute toxicity”. The product is fully REACH registered up to 1,000 tons.

Addition to the broadest vinyl monomer portfolio

With VMOX, BASF is adding to the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of functional vinyl monomers, such as vinyl ethers and N-vinyl compounds. These high-quality intermediates are commonly used for example in the production of coatings, adhesives, biocides, high-performance oils, flavorings and printing inks. BASF combines 90 years of experience in the vinyl monomers research field with state-of-the-art technology, with manufacturing taking place in Europe.

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In the VMOX laboratory: BASF offers the new vinyl monomer in commercial quantities, thus enabling the development of innovative products for various applications, such as the printing and coatings industry.

In the VMOX laboratory: BASF offers the new vinyl monomer in commercial quantities, thus enabling the development of innovative products for various applications, such as the printing and coatings industry.

Last Update 25 October 2019