Polyurethane Foams with Reduced Acetaldehyde Emissions

Patent Title: POLYURETHANES WITH REDUCED ALDEHYDE EMISSION

 Number/Link: WO2015/189095

Applicant/Assignee: BASF

Publication date: 17-12-2015

Gist”: A polymer with pending -O-NH2 groups is used as additive

Why it is interesting: The reduction of VOC emissions, especially emissions of aldehydes from PU foams, remains an important topic of research. A number of solutions have been proposed, for example the use of polyamines as scavengers as discussed before. There still appears to be a need for improvement however, especially for the reduction of acetaldehyde emissions. According to this invention acetaldehyde emissions can be reduced by using a relatively high mole-weight polymer with pending aminooxy groups as an additive during foaming. In an example a copolymer of 4-aminooxymethylstyrene and methacrylic acid with a Mn of about 15,000 is used as an additive.

Aminooxymethylstyrene

4-aminooxymethylstyrene

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