Flexible Foams with Reduced Aldehyde Emissions

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE FOAMS HAVING LOW LEVELS OF ALDEHYDE EMISSIONS

 Number/Link: WO2018/145283

Applicant/Assignee:   Dow

Publication date: 16 August 2018

Gist”: Cyclic 1,3-diketones are used as aldehyde scavengers

Why it is interesting: Aldehyde emissions from flexible polyurethane foams (and many other materials) remain an issue and have been discussed a number of times before in this blog.  The current invention is about the use of cyclic 1,3-diketones as scavengers for both fomaldehyde and acetaldehyde in flexible foam formulations.  Diketones like (e.g.) 5-phenylcyclohexane-1,3-dione, 5,5-dimethylcyclohexane-1,3-dione and 1H-indene-1,3(2H)-dione are blended with the polyol component and react with the aldehydes during foam cure.

DMCHD

5,5-dimethylcyclohexane-1,3-dione

UV Resistant Viscoelastic Foams

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE PRODUCT WITH SULFUR-CONTAINING POLYOL

 Number/Link: WO2018/111806

Applicant/Assignee:  Dow

Publication date: 21 June 2018

Gist”: VE foams using S-containing polyether polyols

Why it is interesting: According to this invention sulfur containing polyols improve the UV resistance of polyurethane materials.  It is believed that sulfur acts as a UV absorber incorporated into the polymer, thereby reducing the need for additives such as antioxidants.  In the examples an S-containing polyether diol is prepared by reacting 2,2′-thiodiethanol with propyleneoxide up to an OH value of  188 mg KOH/g. The diol is then used in an amount of 5 to 15% on the total polyol blend to prepare low resilience flexible foams showing an improved UV resistance.

 

TDE

2,2′-thiodiethanol

 

Catalyst System for Frothed Foams

Patent Title: METHOD FOR DELAYING CURING IN POLYURETHANE AND COMPOSITIONS AND ARTICLES MADE THEREFROM

 Number/Link: WO2018/075302

Applicant/Assignee:  Rogers

Publication date: 26-April-2018

Gist”: A mixture of  a metal acetylacetonate and a catalytic inhibitor prevents premature curing

Why it is interesting:  A catalyst system that prevents premature curing of frothed (PORON® – type) foams consists of  ferric acetylacetonate catalyst and a β-diketone inhibitor e.g. acetylacetone or dibenzoyl methane. The catalyst combination allows for handling of the raw materials at 55°C for 5 minutes without reacting.  Frothed foams tend to have improved properties, like compression set as compared to conventional foams.

Tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III)

Tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III)  (Wikipedia)

Scorch-Proof Polyurethane Foams

Patent Title:  LOW EMISSIONS SCORCH INHIBITOR FOR POLYURETHANE FOAM

 Number/Link: WO2018/064521

Applicant/Assignee:  Vanderbilt Chemicals

Publication date: 5 April 2018

Gist”: A synergistic mixture of antioxidants prevents scorch

Why it is interesting: “Scorch” is a discolouration of the center of (especially low-density flexible) polyurethane slabstock foams as a consequence of excessive heat build-up during production. It is believed to be the result of free-radical reactions of foaming components and additives, like the dimerisation of BHT – a common antioxidant. According to this invention the combination of three to (optionally) 5 specific antioxidants show an unexpected synergy towards prevention of scorch. The inventive composition consists of 2,2,4-trimethyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline, a lactone (e.g. 3-alkyl- benzofurane-2-one), a phenolic compound (e.g. an alkylated monophenol) and optionally a tocopherol (a vitamine E-type phenolic compound) and a phosphite compound.  The composition is said to have the added advantage of showing low volatile chemical emissions.

quinoline

2,2,4-trimethyl-1,2-dihydroquinoline

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