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Diisocyanates from Bio-Renewable Sources
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For Information, Contact:
Craig Forney
Commercialization Manager, Chemistry and Materials Sciences
515-294-4740
licensing@iastate.edu
Web Published:
5/4/2015
ISURF #
4032
Summary:
Polyurethane materials completely based on bio-renewable resources have been successfully developed at Iowa State University.

Development Stage:
Diisocyanates from succinic anhydride and isosorbide or isomannide have been prepared, and representative polyurethanes that are produced from these diisocyanates have excellent thermal stability and stereochemistry-dependent morphology.  Iowa State University is looking for industry partners to test and commercialize the technology.

Description:
Polyurethanes are an important class of polymers with uses in a wide variety of materials. The raw materials for production of polyurethanes are polyols and diisocyantes, which are typically derived from petroleum-based feedstocks. While production of polyols from biorenewable sources such as vegetable oils has been successfully developed and implemented in commercially available products, production of diisocyantes from renewable sources has not received as much attention and advancement. In order to provide polyurethane polymers completely based on renewable resources, Iowa State University researchers have successfully enabled a synthesis route for diisocyanates based on “green technology”. This simple and inexpensive method to produce bio-based diisocyanates with required performance characteristics for various polyurethane polymers for use in foams, coatings, elastomers, and other applications is easily adaptable and does not require expensive or exotic catalyst systems.

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Advantage:
• Offers complete polyurethane systems based on renewable components
• Simple synthesis route
• Economical method with low energy needs
Application:
Production of Polyurethanes from Renewable Sources

References:
Patent Information:
*To see the full version of the patent(s), follow the link below, then click on "Images" button.
Country Serial No. Patent No. Issued Date
United States 14/434,710 9,556,293* 1/31/2017


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