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Renewable Self-Blowing Non-Isocyanate Polyurethane Foams from Lysine and Sorbitol

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JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
DateAccepted/In press - 30 May 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2018
DatePublished (current) - 23 Aug 2018
Issue number31
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)4265-4271
Early online date30/05/18
Original languageEnglish


Copolymerisation of a sorbitol-derived bis-carbonate with simple diamines, including cadaverine that was sustainably produced from lysine, under solvent-free conditions was shown to produce rigid foams. Thermogravimetric analysis carried out in tandem with infrared spectroscopy of the released gases confirmed that the foaming agent was carbon dioxide produced during the polymerisation process itself. Such a bio-based foam, being made under mild conditions from stable, benign precursors, with no toxic isocyanates, has great potential application for both thermal insulation and packaging.

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    Research areas

  • Copolymerization, Cyclic carbonates, Foams, Polymers, Renewable materials, Sorbitol

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