m-Xylylene Diisocyanate for Polythiourethanes

 

Patent Title: ISOCYANATE COMPOSITION FOR OPTICAL LENSES AND PROCESS FOR PREPARING THE SAME

 Number/Link: US2018/0334531

Applicant/Assignee:  SKC

Publication date: 22 November 2018

Gist”:  m-XDI is prepared from purified m-xylylene diamine and used for improved optical materials

Why it is interesting: Polythiourethanes have a high refractive index, a high transparency and a relatively high impact resistance and their use in optical lenses is well known. In this invention, polythiourethanes are prepared by using ‘pure’ (i.e. 99 to 100%) m-XDI as the isocyanate. The m-XDI is prepared from m-xylylene diamine from which impurities (esp. o-XDA, p-XDA and monoamines) are removed by distillation or crystallization.  Polythiourethanes prepared from 100% m-XDI are said to show improved optical properties such as refractive index, transparency, dispersion (Abbe number), yellowness, cloudiness etc.

XDI

Aliphatic TPU with Reduced Effloresence

Patent Title: ALIPHATIC THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANES, PRODUCTION AND USE THEREOF

 Number/Link:   WO2018/192936 (German)

Applicant/Assignee:  Covestro

Publication date: 25 October 2018

Gist”: TPU based on 1,10-decanediisocyanate shows reduced blooming

Why it is interesting: Aliphatic thermoplastic polyurethanes, based on hexanediisocyanate (HDI) can show “blooming” i.e. the formation of a white precipitate on the surface of the material.  It is believed that this is caused by the formation of cyclic oligourethanes migrating to- and forming crystals on the surface. According to this invention, this blooming behaviour can be prevented by using long-chain aliphatic diisocyanates like 1,10-diisocyanatodecane or 1,12-diisocyanatododecane instead of HDI.

DDI

1,10-diisocyanatohexane (DDI)

 

Reactive TPU for AM

Patent Title: REACTIVE THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANE BASED ON BLOCKED ISOCYANATES

 Number/Link: WO2018/149977

Applicant/Assignee:  BASF

Publication date: 23 August 2018

Gist”: Low molecular weight TPU with blocked isocyanate groups is useful for 3D printing

Why it is interesting: The invention is related to relatively low MW ( up to 40,000Da) thermoplastic polyurethanes with thermolabile end groups and a melting point of about 100ºC (pref).  The TPU has a low melt viscosity and after de-blocking (at pref. about 150ºC) the isocyanate groups can react with chain extender present, resulting in increased MW and related properties. The TPU can be prepared by partially blocking diisocyanates (with e.g. caprolactam) and then reacting in one shot or prepolymer system with polyols and chain extenders. In powder form the TPUs are said to be useful in additive manufacturing (AM) processes.

caprolactam

Caprolactam