Soft Ionomeric TPU

Patent Title: SOFTENING THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANES USING IONOMER TECHNOLOGY

 Number/Link: US20160347900

Applicant/Assignee: Univ. Akron; Covestro

Publication date: 1-Dec-2016

Gist”: TPU is prepared with ionomeric groups having bulky counter-ions

Why it is interesting: According to this invention a novel type of plasticized thermoplastic polyurethane can be made  by incorporating as chain extender a diol containing an ionic group with a bulky counter ion. It is said that the steric hindrance of the bulky counter ions creates additional free volume that softens the polymer and lowers the melt viscosity. In the examples N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethane sulfonic acid (BES) is used together with bulky alkylammonium cations. The softest TPU shown has a 37 Shore A hardness at 25% hardblock content and 7.6 mole% BES-tetrakis(decyl)ammonium. This accounts for a 35 point hardness decrease compared to an ionomer-free control sample.

N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethane sulfonic acid

N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethane sulfonic acid

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