Omniphobic Polyurea


Number/Link: US2019/0031909

Applicant/Assignee: US Navy

Publication Date: 31 January 2019

“Gist”: Polyurea topcoat containing both silane and perfluoro groups

Why it is interesting: According to this invention, a coating having both hydrophobic and oleophobic properties can be prepared by reacting an alkoxysilane-terminated polyurea with a perfluoromaterial having at least one alkoxy- or hydroxyl group. In an example a coating is prepared by reacting a polyurea based on HDI trimer and N-butyl-3-aminoppropyltrimethoxysilane with triethoxy(perfluoro-octyl)silane. The coating showed contact angles of more than 140 degrees vs water and more than 90 degrees vs hexadecane.


Reaction system according to the invention

Thermoplastic PU-PDMS Copolymer


Number/Link: WO2019/016313 (German)

Applicant/Assignee: BASF

Publication Date: 24 January 2019

“Gist”:  Thermoplastic polyurethane comprising OH-ended poly(dimethylsiloxane).

Why it is interesting: The invention relates to thermoplastic polyurethanes prepared from diisocyanate, polyether or polyester diol and a difunctional isocyanate-reactive polysiloxane.  The materials are said to have improved “haptic”-, hydrophobicity- and tensile properties while retaining the processibility of TPU and are useful for ‘on-body’ applications like wristbands. In the examples both 4,4′-MDI and HDI are used together with chain extenders, polyTHF, BDO-HDO adipate and EO capped PDMS to prepare TPUs ranging from 55 to 95 Shore A.


EO-capped PDMS

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)


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