TPU Nanocomposite


 Number/Link: WO2018/185650 (Spanish)


Publication date: 11 October 2018

Gist”: Protein-stabilized nano- calciumcarbonate particles are incorporated into a thermoplastic polyurethane composition

Why it is interesting: Calciumcarbonate nanoparticles are prepared by mixing a solution of sodium carbonate, sodium caseinate and calciumchloride in a high pressure homogenizer. Particles are formed of CaCO3 embedded in a protein matrix that stabilizes that particles against aggregation. Particle size is (pref) 150-300nm with primary CaCO3 particles of 5-10nm. The particles are used in an amount of (pref) 0.6-1% (w/w) on a TPU composition. The TPUs are said to show increased mechanical properties and improved cell growth and are said to be useful for biomedical applications.


Stabilized nanoparticles (Wikipedia)


Hybrid PU-Peptide PUDs


 Number/Link: WO2016/135162

Applicant/Assignee: Henkel; Max-Panck Ges.

Publication date: 1-09-2016

Gist”: A maleimide-capped prepolymer is reacted with the -SH groups in a peptide

Why it is interesting: Polyurethane-protein hybrids are interesting novel materials which potentially have a number of unique properties unattainable with conventional synthetic polymers. In a previous case discussed in this blog an NCO-ended polyurethane prepolymer was reacted with a peptide in water to make a PU-peptide dispersion.  This type of grafting, however, is not very specific because the isocyanate will react mostly with the free amino groups of lysine, which is usually  ‘abundant’ in a typical peptide. According to this invention the grafting can be made very specific by first end-capping the NCO prepolymer with maleimide groups and dispersing in water. The dispersion is then reacted with a peptide solution at pH7. In these circumstances the maleimide will react selectively with the free thiol group of cysteine, of which usually very few are present in a typical peptide because most thiol groups are engaged in S-S disulfide bridges.  Preferably a peptide consisting of 10-200 amino acids is used, with preferably only one free thiol group. By selective grafting the properties of the peptide can be conserved.  The PU-peptide dispersions are claimed to be especially useful for metal adhesives.





Polyols from Proteins


 Number/Link: WO2016/094859

Applicant/Assignee: Inventors

Publication date: 16-06-2016

Gist”: Transamidation of protein with diamines followed by carbonation

Why it is interesting: Currently most renewable polyols are based on natural oils (NOPs) like soy-oil, but it is also possible to make polyols from proteins. According to this invention this can be accomplished by first cleaving the protein amide bonds by transamidation with an excess of low molecular weight polyamines using a boric acid derivative as catalyst. Then stripping the excess amines and reacting with cyclocarbonates. In an example soy-meal is reacted with ethylenediamine and then with ethylene carbonate resulting in a urethane polyol. The polyols have a high primary OH content, are auto-catalytic and are said to be useful for the production of PU resins and rigid foams.

Diol acoording to the invention. R is an amino acid residue.

Polyol according to the invention. R is an amino acid residue.


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