1st Edition

Linear Polyurethanes Synthesis Methods, Chemical Structures, Properties and Applications

By Piotr Król Copyright 2008

    This volume describes in detail the mechanisms of the diisocyanates and polyols polyaddition process as well as its kinetic and process aspects important for obtaining linear polyurethanes. General kinetics of the process and its experimental verification, using GPC chromatography as well as NMR spectroscopy and MALDI-ToF spectrometry, are presented. Accompanied by over 400 references, the author presents synthesis methods, physicochemical properties of linear polyurethanes (analyzed with DCS, TG, DMTA, Rtg, AFM microscopy methods) as semiproducts for foams, elastomers, lacquers and coatings. Research results concerning free surface energy of the polyurethane coatings are also presented. Special attention is given to the latest polyurethane applications, such as ecological waterborne dispersions, biodegradation resistant elastomers and coatings used as medical implants and binders for ceramic powder materials. Moreover, the book contains information on urethane-isocyanate prepolymers applications, which are potential semifinished products for elastomers, foams, coatings, adhesives and interpenetrating polymer network composites.

    Preface, Acknowledgements, Notation, Chapter One: Introduction, Chapter Two: Basic raw materials for the production of linear polyurethanes, Chapter Three: Reaction mechanisms occurring in the polyurethane production process, Chapter Four: General kinetic model for the diisocyanates and polyols polyaddition process, Chapter Five: Principal reactions utilised in the polyurethane technology, Chapter Six: Manufacturing methods for polyurethane elastomers, Chapter Seven: Non-isocyanate methods for the synthesis of N-substituted linear polyurethanes, Chapter Eight: Determination of molecular weights of linear polyurethanes by gelpermeation chromatography (GPC) and mass spectrometry (MS) methods, Chapter Nine: Polyurethane ionomers, Chapter Ten: Examples of copolymers with linear polyurethanes, Chapter Eleven: Microphase separation in polyurethane elastomers. Glass transition temperatures - Analysis of phase structures by DSC, SAXS and AFM methods, Chapter Twelve: Intermolecular interactions free surface energy, Chapter Thirteen: Thermal properties of linear polyurethanes, Chapter Fourteen: Modern trends in property programming and in applications for linear polyurethanes, Chapter Fifteen: Conclusions, References, Index


    Piotr Król, PhD (1987) in Polymer Chemistry and Technology, is Professor at Rzeszów University of Technology in Poland. He is the author of over 100 research articles relating to polymer technology, especially polyurethanes, which have been published in a well-known Polish periodical Polimery as well as in the international journals Eur. Polymer J., Polymer, Colloid on Polymer Science and J. Appl. Polymer. Sci. He lectures Polymer Technology and Research Methods in Polymer Chemistry at the Faculty of Chemistry at Rzeszów University of Technology.

    "Linear Polyurethanes - Synthesis Methods, Chemical Structures, Properties and Applications presents exhaustive information on linear polyurethanes. ... The book contains over 400 references and is useful for experts involved in detail process issues as well as for researchers in chemistry and materials engineering." PU MAGAZINE – VOL. 5, NO. 3 – JUNE/JULY 2008.