Monodisperse Polymer Polyol

Patent Title: PROCESS MAKING POLYMER POLYOL HAVING MONODISPERSE DISPERSED POLYMER PARTICLES

 Number/Link: WO2017/172417

Applicant/Assignee:  Dow

Publication date: 5 october 2017

Gist”: Polymer polyol with a “monodisperse” particle size distribution is prepared by using a specific seeding dispersion

Why it is interesting: It is well known that the use of polymer polyols in flexible polyurethane foam formulations can result in improved airflow and load bearing properties. For optimal results the average particle size of the dispersed polymer needs to be similar to the cell wall thickness. According to this invention a SAN polymer polyol with a controlled and narrow particle size distribution can be prepared by using a seed dispersion which consists of an unsaturated macromer which, together with SAN particles of a particle size between 50 and 500 nm, is dispersed in a base polyol. The macromer is a PO/EO polyether with a (pref.) mole weight of 11000 to 14000 Da and having 4-5 OH groups and 1-2 reactive double bonds. The polymer polyol is prepared by dispersing the seed dispersion in the base polyol together with styrene, acrylonitrile and a solvent (e.g. isopropanol). After polymerization of the monomers the solvent is removed, resulting in a polymer polyol with at least 30% solids, average particle size of 1-3 μm and a size span of 1.25. In the examples the macromer is prepared by capping 1-2 OH groups of a 6-functional 90/10 PO/EO polyol with 3,3-isoprenyl-α,α-dimethylbenzylisocyanate.

3,3-isoprenyl-α,α-dimethylbenzylisocyanate

 

 

Soft Ionomeric TPU

Patent Title: SOFTENING THERMOPLASTIC POLYURETHANES USING IONOMER TECHNOLOGY

 Number/Link: US20160347900

Applicant/Assignee: Univ. Akron; Covestro

Publication date: 1-Dec-2016

Gist”: TPU is prepared with ionomeric groups having bulky counter-ions

Why it is interesting: According to this invention a novel type of plasticized thermoplastic polyurethane can be made  by incorporating as chain extender a diol containing an ionic group with a bulky counter ion. It is said that the steric hindrance of the bulky counter ions creates additional free volume that softens the polymer and lowers the melt viscosity. In the examples N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethane sulfonic acid (BES) is used together with bulky alkylammonium cations. The softest TPU shown has a 37 Shore A hardness at 25% hardblock content and 7.6 mole% BES-tetrakis(decyl)ammonium. This accounts for a 35 point hardness decrease compared to an ionomer-free control sample.

N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethane sulfonic acid

N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-aminoethane sulfonic acid

Polyurea ‘Nano’-Particles to Improve Properties of Polyurethane Flexible Foams and Elastomers

Title: USE OF POLYUREA NANOPARTICLES AS PERFORMANCE MODIFIERS IN POLYURETHANE MATERIALS

 Number/Link: WO2014/012769

Applicant/Assignee: Huntsman

Publication date: 23-01-2014

Gist”: A dispersion of polyurea particles prepared from 4,4′ MDI, diamine chain extender and a high mole weight monoamine is used to improve mechanical properties of flex foam.

Why it is interesting: Dispersions of polyurea particles with an average diameter of a few hundred nanometer and a Tg>150°C (pref.) can be produced by first reacting a relatively high MW polyether monoamine and a di-isocyanate (optionally dispersed in e.g. polyol) and subsequently adding a diamine chain extender. The dispersion is then used in a flexible foam or elastomer formulation, such that the amount of particles in the material is about 1-5% (w/w). In an example a 2000MW EO/PO monoamine was used together with 4,4′-MDI and a diamine chain extender to produce a particle dispersion in polyol, which was then used in polyurethane formulations. The particles do seem to have a positive effect on mechanical properties, however, the results for flex foam are clouded because of a sharp increase in material density compared to the reference. This density increase may well be due to a cellopening effect as described in WO2007/104623  in which a similar particle dispersion is used.

Polyethermonoamine as used in the invention.

Polyethermonoamine as used in the invention.