Polyurethanes from Alpha Glucan


 Number/Link: WO2018/017789

Applicant/Assignee:  Du Pont

Publication date: 25 january 2018

Gist”: Polyurethanes containing poly alpha 1,3-glucan

Why it is interesting: The invention is related to the preparation of different types of polyurethanes comprising poly alpha 1,3-glucan, which is a polymeric D-glucose having alpha 1,3 glycosidic bonds (as opposed to most natural glucose polymers which show α or β 1,4 glycoside linkages). Alpha 1,3 glucan can be prepared by enzymatic polymerization using sucrose and a glycosyltransferase. The glucan can be mixed with polyols and reacted with isocyanates to prepare polyurethanes.  Many examples are given ranging from PUDs, films, flexible foams to TPUs.


Poly alpha 1,3-glucan


Self-Healing Polyurethane Coatings

Patent Title: Self-Repairing Polyurethane Networks

 Number/Link: US20160289495

Applicant/Assignee: Clemson University

Publication date: 6-10-2016

Gist”: Polyurethane networks with alkylated polysaccharide moiety show self-healing properties

Why it is interesting: Chitosan (pref.) is alkylated by reacting with dodecylaldehyde (in solvent) and reducing the resulting imine with sodium cyanoborohydride. The alkylated chitosan is then reacted with isocyanate and polyol.  When used as coating, the material is claimed to show self-healing properties when irradiated with UV light. Modifying the composition by incorporation of catechol, or by changing the saccharide allows for materials which ‘heal’ when exposed to ferric ions or carbon dioxide. No explanation for this behaviour is given and it is not immediately clear to me why this should work.

Self-healing network according to the invention. The isocyanate used was (E)-3,5-bis(6-isocyanatohexyl)- 6-( ( 6-isocyanatohexyl)imino )-1,3,5-oxadiazinane-2, 4-dione.

Self-healing network according to the invention. The isocyanate used was (E)-3,5-bis(6-isocyanatohexyl)-6-( ( 6-isocyanatohexyl)imino )-1,3,5-oxadiazinane-2,4-dione. ALK= alkyl, POL=polyol.