Polyurethanes from Bisphenol-Based Polyols



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.


Catalytic tetrol used in the invention


Novel i-PEEP Polymers


 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 diglycidylether (BPA-DGE)


Fiber Reinforced TPU Composites


 Number/Link: WO 2018/104145

Applicant/Assignee:  Henkel

Publication date: 14 June 2018

Gist”: TPU based on a vicinal alkane diol together with an alkoxylated aromatic diol can be used as matrix material in a fiber composite

Why it is interesting: According to this invention a thermoplastic polyurethane with a high Tg (pref. >80°C) and a high stiffness (>1GPa) can be prepared from a short chain, sterically hindered, vicinal diol (e.g. 1,2-propanediol or 2,3-butanediol), an alkoxylated aromatic diol (e.g. alkoxylated bisphenol A or F) and an aromatic diisocyanate (e.g. 4,4’MDI) pref. mixed with some high functionality isocyanate (e.g. polymeric MDI) to control branching an molecular weight. The TPU composition can be used to make a fiber reinforced composite in an RTM-type process. The cured thermoplastic matrix has high mechanical properties but still allows for post-cure modification of the moulded part.


Ethoxylated Bisphenol F