Thermoplastic Polythiourethanes for 3D Printing

Patent Title: THIOURETHANE POLYMERS, METHOD OF SYNTHESIS THEREOF AND USE IN FUSED FILAMENT FABRICATION PRINTING

 Number/Link:  WO2018/035102

Applicant/Assignee:  University of Texas

Publication date: 22 February 2018

Gist”: Polytiourethanes from diisocyanates and dithiols are used in FFF printing

Why it is interesting: Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), which is actually the same thing as  Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a popular and cheap additive manufacturing technology in which a thermoplastic filament is molten and ‘printed’ in layers. Many off-the-shelf thermoplastics can be used in FFF but these often do not have the correct melt characteristics resulting in printed objects of poor quality. According to this invention FFF-optimized thermoplastics can be prepared by reacting dithiols with diisocyanates into polythiourethanes.  The reaction is carried out in an aprotic solvent and catalysed by a non-nucleophilic base. In an example 2,2′-(ethylenedioxy)diethanethiol is reacted with HDI in DMF and catalysed by triethylamine. FFF printed parts of this polymer are said to show high toughness and less water uptake compared to TPU and polyamides.

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Polythiourethane according to the invention

 

Fingerprint Resistant Coatings

Patent Title: COATINGS COMBINING OIL-ABSORBING AND OIL-REPELLING COMPONENTS FOR INCREASED SMUDGE RESISTANCE

 Number/Link: WO2018/032356

Applicant/Assignee:  HRL Laboratorories

Publication date: 15 February 2018

Gist”: Phase separated polyurethanes with oleophilic dispersed phase and oleophobic continuous phase (or vice versa) behave as anti-smudge materials.

Why it is interesting: Anti-smudge coatings are of great interest for smartphones and other touch screen devices and are currently made from oleophobic materials, i.e. materials showing a small contact angle vs. oils. According to this invention improved anti-smudge properties can be achieved by using a material having discrete inclusions in a continuous matrix. The matrix material needs to be oleophilic, while the inclusions are oleophobic (or vice versa) and the inclusions need to be smaller than 50nm so not to scatter visible light.  A coating like this can be prepared from a segmented polyurethane comprising (e.g.) a polybutadiene soft phase and a perfluoro/isocyanate/TMP hard phase. It is said that the oleophobic phase will repel the oil while the oelephilic phase will absorb it, leaving a smudge-free surface.
Question remains what happens when the oily phase gets saturated..

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Schematic representation of the invention

PIR-Oxazolidone Foams from Natural Oils

Patent Title: METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A POLYURETHANE-MODIFIED FOAM, FOAM OBTAINED, AND USES

Number/Link: US2018/0030196

Applicant/Assignee:  Soprema et al.

Publication date: 1 February 2018

Gist”: Unsaturated natural oils are epoxidized and reacted with an excess of isocyanate in the presence of a blowing agent.

Why it is interesting: Conventionally natural oils are incorporated into polyurethanes by first converting them to polyols (“NOPs”) by hydroformylation or epoxidation and ring opening and then reacting the NOPs with isocyanates. According to this invention the natural oils (preferably extracted from microalgae) are epoxidized and then mixed and heated with a (e.g. 3:1) excess of isocyanate (e.g. polymeric MDI) in the presence of a blowing agent (e.g. isopentane). It is said that oxazolidone rings from the isocyanate-epoxy reaction will form at the same time as isocyanurate rings and homopolymerized epoxides. The foams are said to be useful for thermal insulation applications.

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Formation of oxazolidone rings according to the invention

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Polyurethanes from Alpha Glucan

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE POLYMERS COMPRISING POLYSACCHARIDES

 Number/Link: WO2018/017789

Applicant/Assignee:  Du Pont

Publication date: 25 january 2018

Gist”: Polyurethanes containing poly alpha 1,3-glucan

Why it is interesting: The invention is related to the preparation of different types of polyurethanes comprising poly alpha 1,3-glucan, which is a polymeric D-glucose having alpha 1,3 glycosidic bonds (as opposed to most natural glucose polymers which show α or β 1,4 glycoside linkages). Alpha 1,3 glucan can be prepared by enzymatic polymerization using sucrose and a glycosyltransferase. The glucan can be mixed with polyols and reacted with isocyanates to prepare polyurethanes.  Many examples are given ranging from PUDs, films, flexible foams to TPUs.

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Poly alpha 1,3-glucan