Polyurethane-Graphene Composite

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE FILM COMPRISING GRAPHENE AND PREPARATION PROCESS THEREOF.

 Number/Link: WO/2018/202747

Applicant/Assignee:  Directa Plus

Publication date: 8 November 2018

Gist”: A PU film containing graphene nano-platelets

Why it is interesting: The invention is about polyurethane-graphene nanocomposites useful as films in textiles for clothing and medical applications. The films are prepared by incorporating into a (commercially available) PU resin, 1-30% (w/w) of graphene nano platelets together with 0.1-5% of (pref.) silica particles as a blocking agent and a solvent to adjust viscosity.  The composition is cured on a flat support as a film of 10 to 100µm thick. It is said that the PU films can a.o. have improved breathability, thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity and antibacterial activity.

Graphene

Graphene (Wikipedia)

 

 

PU Elastomers with Extremely High Elongation

Patent Title:  Polyurethane Elastomer with High Ultimate Elongation

 Number/Link: US2018/0312623

Applicant/Assignee:  UNIV PENNSYLVANIA

Publication date: 1 November 2018

Gist”: Low hardblock polyurethane-polyurea elastomers are prepared from low unsat diols, HDI and a bulky diamine chain extender

Why it is interesting: The current invention relates to PU  elastomers which are said “to  have the highest reported elongation-at-break among known polyurethane elastomers“. The materials are prepared from an NCO-ended prepolymer consisting of a low unsaturated, low dispersity diol and a symmetric diisocyanate (i.e. no 4,4′-MDI), which is reacted with a “bulky” diamine chain extender. In the examples Acclaim 4200 (polyether diol with OHv 28) is used together with HDI and 2-methyl-1,5-pentanediamine. The elastomer showed an elongation at break of more than 2000%.
Because these materials have a low- and non-aromatic hardblock content, it is my opinion that they show creep rather than elasticity.

methylpentandiamine

2-methyl-1,5-pentanediamine

Polyurethanes from Bisphenol-Based Polyols

Patent Title:  OLIGOMERIC POLYOL COMPOSITIONS

 Number/Link:WO2018/190891

Applicant/Assignee:  Presidium USA

Publication date: 18 October 2018
Gist”: Polyurethanes from high functionality  bisphenol-based polyols

Why it is interesting: The invention relates to high functionality (and high viscosity) polyols that consist of bisphenol moieties and aliphatic polyol moieties and that can be prepared by reacting a bisphenol-based polycarbonate with a short-chain, high functionality polyol in the presence of a suitable catalyst or promotor.  In the examples a bisphenol-A based polycarbonate powder is reacted with propoxylated pentaerythritol and a tetra – OH – functional tert-amine that acts as a promotor.  The polyols are said to be useful for high stiffness polyurethanes that show improved heat distortion and a relatively low reaction exotherm.

multranol

Catalytic tetrol used in the invention

 

Novel i-PEEP Polymers

Patent Title:  ISOCYANATE-MODIFIED POLYESTER-EPOXIDE POLYMER COMPOSITIONS

 Number/Link: WO2018/160217

Applicant/Assignee:  Stepan

Publication date: 7 September 2018

“Gist”: Polyester polyols are reacted with isocyanates and polyepoxies

Why it is interesting: The invention is related to isocyanate-modified polyester-epoxy polymers (i-PEEPs) which are said to be a “new class of polymers” useful as adhesives, coatings and elastomers.  The materials are prepared by reacting polyester polyols with both polyisocyanates and polyepoxies at an “i-PEEP index” (=(eqvs iso + eqvs epoxy)/eqvs polyol in %) of 100 to 200. The reaction can be run catalysed at room temperature or optionally un-catalyzed at 40 to 100°C. In the examples aromatic and aliphatic polyester polyols are reacted with polymeric MDI and BPA-DGE – based polyepoxide at different indices to produce elastomers with shore A hardness ranging between 30 and 95.
Interesting materials, although calling them a new class of polymers may be a bit exaggerated.

Bisphenol_A_diglycidyl_ether_200

Bisphenol-A diglycidylether (BPA-DGE)

 

Polyurethane Oil Gel

Patent Title: OIL GEL, PRESSURE RESISTANT MATERIAL USING SAME FOR PROTECTING ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND OIL GEL-FORMING AGENT

 Number/Link: WO2018135494  (Japanese)

Applicant/Assignee:  Sec Corp.

Publication date: 26 July 2018

Gist”: A gel from a paraffinic  oil and a compatible linear PU is used as a pressure resistant material for deep-sea applications

Why it is interesting: The invention relates to a PU-oil gel that is used as a kind of “potting compound” to protect subsea electronics at “abyssal depths” , i.e. at pressures of 5.6 MPa (about 550m deep). The gel is prepared by reacting a hydrophobic diol and a hydrophobic diisocyanate in the presence of 10-50% (w/w) on the total composition of a paraffinic oil. In the examples an OH-ended, saturated polyisoprene is used as diol together with norbornanediisocyanate.

NBDI

2,5-norbornane diisocyanate