Bio-Based Acoustic Polyurethane Foam

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE MATERIALS FORMED FROM EPOXIDIZED PLANT OILS

 Number/Link: US2017/0081460

Applicant/Assignee: IBM

Publication date: 23-mar-2017

Gist”: Natural oils are converted into isocyanate-functional polyols and then polymerized

Why it is interesting: Epoxidized vegetable oils are hydrolized and saponified using NaOH, resulting in a mixture of acid-ended polyols. The acid groups are then converted into azides using diphenylphosphoryl azide, which then rearrange into isocyanate groups (Curtius rearrangement).  The isocyanate-ended polyols can be polymerized and further crosslinked using di-isocyanates. The materials are said to be useful as components for acoustic foams, used e.g. in mainframe computers.
This is the second IBM PU patent discussed in this blog. However, I doubt if they have an actual chemistry lab since their examples are “prophetic” rather than real.

IBM

Reaction scheme according to the invention

Non-Isocyanate Poly(Amide-Hydroxyurethanes)

Patent Title: NON-ISOCYANATE POLYURETHANES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING THE SAME

 Number/Link: WO 2017/ 030880

Applicant/Assignee: ELEVANCE RENEWABLE SCIENCES

Publication date: 23-feb-2017

Gist”: Telechelic cyclocarbonate-alkylesters are reacted with diamines in the melt

Why it is interesting: According to this invention (ω-) unsaturated alkylesters can be converted to mono-cyclocarbonate alkylesters and then reacted with diamines to prepare thermoplastic poly(amide-hydroxyurethanes) (PAHU). For example methyl-9-decenoate was first epoxidized and then reacted with CO2 to produce 9,10-cyclic carbonate-methyl decanoate. After separation and washing the cyclocarbonate was reacted – in the melt- with a mixture of dodecane diamine and a PTMO diamine (Jeffamine THF-100). It is said that the unsaturated alkylesters can be prepared from natural oils using (cross- or self-) metathesis followed (or preceded) by transesterifaction with alkanols.

PAHU preparation scheme

PAHU preparation scheme

Self-Healing Polyurethane Elastomers

Patent Title: POLYURETHANE

 Number/Link: W02016185172

Applicant/Assignee: Croda

Publication date: 24-11-2016

Gist”: PU from polyols which contain both a fatty dimer residue and an H-bonding group, show self-healing properties

Why it is interesting: Polyurethane elastomers with ‘intrinsic’ self-healing properties (i.e. without the need for external chemicals like encapsulated monomers) can be prepared by reacting isocyanates with polyols that have at least one urethane, amide or carbonate group and at least one fatty dimer residue. It is theorized that the fatty dimer allows the soft-phase of the polymer to flow and H-bonds to form, thus restoring most of the properties after damage.  In the examples polyols with internal urethane groups were prepared by reacting C36 dimer diol with HDI, which were then reacted with MDI and BDO. Samples of the resulting elastomers were cut in half, and manually stuck together again under mild heating (60°C), thus recovering most of their tensile and elongation properties.

A dimer diol

A dimer diol

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