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Carbon dioxide (CO2) as sustainable feedstock for polyurethane production

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Abstract

A dream comes true: tailor-made polyethercarbonate polyols are synthesised from propylene oxide and CO2. Molecular weight and functionality of these polyethercarbonate polyols are controlled by the use of an appropriate alcohol starter enabling innovative applications as a polymer building block. Interestingly, the properties of the polyethercarbonate polyols can be adjusted in a wide range by tuning CO2 content and architecture. The feasibility of using such tailored polyethercarbonate polyols in the production of polyurethanes is demonstrated as a prime example for a novel CO2 utilization with industrial potential.

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The article was received on 07 Sep 2013, accepted on 28 Oct 2013 and first published on 29 Oct 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3GC41788C
Citation: Green Chem., 2014,16, 1865-1870
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    Carbon dioxide (CO2) as sustainable feedstock for polyurethane production

    J. Langanke, A. Wolf, J. Hofmann, K. Böhm, M. A. Subhani, T. E. Müller, W. Leitner and C. Gürtler, Green Chem., 2014, 16, 1865
    DOI: 10.1039/C3GC41788C

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