Tack-Free Polythiourethane Gels


 Number/Link: WO2017/054797 (German)

Applicant/Assignee: Technogel

Publication date: 6-april-2017

Gist”: Tack-free polyurethane gels are made from polythiols

Why it is interesting: Very soft polyurethane elastomers or “gels” can be made using high functionality isocyanate and monols (as co-invented by myself – e.g. EP1389222 ) or by reacting a high functionality polyol/siocyanate system at low isocyanate-index (as invented by Bayer – later spun off as Technogel).  PU gels are useful as shock dampers, gaskets and cushions but are always tacky and need to be covered or wrapped, which changes their damping and hardness characteristics. According to this invention tack-free gels without the need for covering can be produced by using polythiols instead of polyols, resulting in poly(thiolurethanes) instead of polyurethanes. This is interesting and surprising and I wonder if it would work with the monol-gels as well.


Thiolurethane linkage


Urethane-Acrylate Hybrids From Thiol-Ene Chemistry


 Number/Link: US2015/0232422

Applicant/Assignee: Dymax Oligomers and Coatings

Publication date: 20-08-2015

Gist”: A dihydroxythiol is reacted with an acrylate and then with diisocyanate and hydroxyacrylate

Why it is interesting: This invention relates to radically polymerizable urethane oligomers which are useful as adhesives or coatings. The oligomers are prepared in two stages:  first a dihydroxy thiol is reacted with an acrylate resulting in a diol which is then reacted with an excess diisocyanate and then with hydroxyacrylates.  For example: thioglycerol is reacted with phenyltioethylacrylate.  The resulting diol is then further reacted with TDI and subsequently with polycaprolactonacrylate and hydroxyethylacrylate resulting in the structure below. The urethane oligomers can be used for coatings or adhesives which are said to have improved properties over the existing art, like improved thermal resistance.

A urethane-acrylate oligomer according to the invention

A urethane-acrylate oligomer according to the invention

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