Sequence-Defined Polyurethanes for Information Storage

Patent Title: UNIFORM SEQUENCE-DEFINED POLYURETHANES AND USES THEREOF AS MOLECULAR LABELS

 Number/Link: WO2017/194694

Applicant/Assignee:  Centre National de la Recherche

Publication date: 16 November 2017

Gist”: Stepwise immobilized polymer synthesis is used to make polyurethane having a predefined sequence of monomers

Why it is interesting: The invention is about monodisperse polyurethanes consisting of a well-defined sequence of monomers having various chain lengths and side groups – not unlike proteins or nucleic acids. In a first step a solid support (e.g. polystyrene beads) which bears a cleavable tether molecule is reacted with N,N’-disuccinimidylcarbonate and in a second step with an aminoalcohol like 5-amino-1-pentanol. Steps 1 and 2 are then repeated using the same or a different aminoalcohol. Finally the tether is cleaved from the support.  If 2 different aminoalcohols are used, a binary code can be encoded in the molecule which can later be read using a sequencing technique. The polyurethanes are said to be useful in anti-counterfeiting technologies.

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Reaction sequence according to the invention

Aliphatic Polyisocyanurate Composites

Patent Title: METHOD FOR PRODUCING A POLYISOCYANURATE COMPOSITE MATERIAL

 Number/Link: WO 2017/191216  (German)

Applicant/Assignee:  Covestro

Publication date: 9 November 2017

Gist”: Partially trimerized aliphatic diisocyanates are mixed with glass fiber and reacted using a trimerization catalyst

Why it is interesting: Conventional fiber-reinforced composites based on unsaturated polyesters, epoxies, polyurethane and the like are not weather-stable and need to be coated for outdoor use. Weather stable polyisocyanurate composites are known (WO2007/096216 – Huntsman) but are based on aromatic diisocyanates and show high reactivity and short ‘pot life’. According to this invention, PIR composites with improved reaction profile and weatherability can be prepared from partially trimerized aliphatic diisocyanates with a diisocyanate monomer content of less than 20% (w/w). In the examples commercially available HDI and IPDI trimer is used together with short glass fiber and a potassium acetate/PEG 400 blend as catalyst cured at a temperature of 160 to 180°C.

Isophorone diisocyanate (IPDI)

 

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Modified Polyisocyanurates

Patent Title: MODIFIED POLYISOCYANURA TE PLASTIC AND METHOD FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF

 Number/Link: WO2017/182108 WO2017/182109  WO2017/182110  (German)  

Applicant/Assignee:  Covestro

Publication date: 26-october-2017

Gist”: Partially trimerized diisocyanates are modified with monofunctional isocyanate-reactive compounds before complete trimerization

Why it is interesting: This series of applications relates to transparent polyisocyanurate coatings with controlled hydrophilicty, hydrophobicity, high scratch resitance etc. According to the invention trimers of diisocanates are reacted with a sub-stoichiometric amount of monofunctional hydrophobic, hydrophilic or siloxane-containing compounds, and then completely trimerized. In the examples HDI-trimer (prepared by partially trimerzing HDI and removing the rest of the monomer by thin film distillation) is reacted with e.g. methoxyPEG 500, dodecanol, perfluoroheptanol and N-(3-trimethoxyxilylpropyl)foramide and then trimerized using potassium acetate as catalyst.  The materials can e.g. be used as anti-fog coatings on optical lenses or anti-fingerprint coatings on cell phones.

HDI-isocyanurate

Breathable TPU Membranes

Patent Title: POROUS THERMOPLASTIC MEMBRANES

 Number/Link: WO2017/178482

Applicant/Assignee:  BASF

Publication date: 19-october-2017

Gist”: Semi-permeable membranes are made by phase inversion of all-hardblock TPU solutions

Why it is interesting: ‘Breathable” membranes show a high resistance to liquid water permeation (LEP) combined with a high water vapour permeability (WDD). According to this invention breathable polyurethane membranes can be prepared by dissolving an all-hardblock thermoplastic polyurethane in a polar, aprotic solvent (like N-methyl pyrrolidone) together with a water soluble compound, casting a film and coagulating the film with water. In the examples diisocyanates (MDI, TDI and HDI) are stoichiometrically reacted with chain extenders (MEG, BDO and HDO).  The resulting materials were schredded and dissolved in NMP together with some glycerol. 150 μm thick films were cast on glass and coagulated in water, resulting in membranes with an average pore size ranging between 4 and 500 nm.  The membranes are said to be useful to make breathable fabrics for outdoor wear e.g. (“Gore Tex” (TM) – type materials)

N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone