Foamed and Coloured TPU Pellets

Patent Title: PROCESS FOR DYEING AND FOAMING THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE

 Number/Link: WO2018/091446

Applicant/Assignee:  Huntsman

Publication date: 24 May 2018

Gist”: TPU pellets are both coloured and foamed using supercritical carbon dioxide.

Why it is interesting: According to this invention, coloured and foamed thermoplastic polyurethanes can be prepared by saturating TPU pellets (in an autoclave under controlled temperature and pressure) with supercritical CO2 together with a dye.  After impregnation is complete the pressure is dropped at a temperature between the TPU’s Tg and Tm, resulting in expanded TPU pellets or ‘beads’.  The process has the advantage of allowing for the use of a wider range of dyes as compared to conventional pigment-based colours. The TPU beads are said to be especially useful for the production of shoe-soles colour-matched with textiles.

azo compound

Typical azo compound used in dispersion dyes

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..

smudgecoating

Schematic representation of the invention

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.

glucan

Poly alpha 1,3-glucan

 

Degradable Polyurethane Elastomers

Patent Title: DEGRADABLE EXTRUSION RESISTANT COMPOSITIONS AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE

 Number/Link: WO2018/013288

Applicant/Assignee:  Baker Hughes Inc.

Publication date: 18 January 2018

Gist”: Polyester-PU elastomers are compression moulded together with fine particles of acid or base

Why it is interesting: The invention is about moulded polyurethane parts for use as temporary components in boreholes and which can be controllably degraded. The degradability is achieved by compression moulding polyester PU elastomers together with an acidic or basic fine powder.  In an example a polyester-TDI ‘full’ prepolymer is reacted with 1,3-propanediol-bis-(4-aminobezoate) and compression moulded with a sulfamic acid powder. The moulded parts could be degraded within 2 weeks in water of 50-90°C.

vibracure

1,3-propanediol bis-(4-aminobenzoate)

 

Polyamide Polymer Polyols

Patent Title: POLYAMIDE DISPERSION IN POLYOL AND PREPARATION THEREOF

 Number/Link: WO2017/216209

Applicant/Assignee:  BASF

Publication date: 21 December 2017

Gist”: Polyamide particles from polyether diamine and adipic acid are dispersed in polyol

Why it is interesting: Conventional polymer polyols contain either SAN-, polyurethane- or polyurea particles (see e.g. here).  According to this invention, polymer polyol dispersions can also be prepared by reacting a diamine, containing at least 50 wt% of a linear polyether having two terminal primary amine groups with a dicarboxylic acid (e.g. adipic acid) in a polyether polyol.  The reaction results in a dispersion of polyamide particles in the polyether polyol, stabilized by the polyether diamine. The polymer polyols are useful for flexible foam production and are said to show an improved hydrolysis resistance.

adipicacid

Adipic acid