Topic of the Month: October 2015

Sustainability is essential in future

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Plastics made from vegetable oil

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According to American scientists, Polyurethane can be produced from vegetable oil. © istockphoto / AngiPhotos

First article in the “sustainability” series

Professor Michael Kessler. Source: Washington State University

Professor Michael Kessler. Source: Washington State University

Move towards attractive alternatives

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Polyurethane is an extremely resistant, hard-wearing and corrosion-resistant plastic that is used in the production of foam plastics, car tyres, hoses and sealing materials. © istockphoto / ImageegamI

New approach adopted in vegetable-based plastic production

Polyurethanes are produced by reacting an isocyanate (R−(N=C=O)n ≥ 2) with a polyol (R'−(OH)n ≥ 2) in the presence of a catalyst or by activation with ultraviolet light.

Polyurethanes are in the class of compounds called reaction polymers, which include epoxies, unsaturated polyesters, and phenolics. (Source: Wikipedia)

Solvent-free production of biobased polyurethane

Professor Michael Kessler (l.) an a member of his team in the laboratory. Source: Washington State University

Professor Michael Kessler (l.) an a member of his team in the laboratory. Source: Washington State University

The ingredients are crucial, not their origin

Interest in technology transfer: research scientists are looking for users

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