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Synthesis of polyurethane-urea from double CO2-route oligomers

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A series of thermoplastic polyurethane-ureas were synthesized from a soft segment of a polycarbonate diol and a hard segment of an oligourea, and both the segments were derived from the CO2-route. The chemical structure of the synthesized segments and final polyurethane-ureas were identified by FT-IR and 13C-NMR. The average molecular weight of the oligourea was detected by potentiometric titration, MALDI-TOF and GPC. The Mn and Mw of the final polyurethane-ureas were nearly 0.7 × 104 Da and 1.0 × 104 Da, respectively, within a polydispersity index (PDI) of 1.27–1.44. Moreover, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that the as-synthesized polyurethane-ureas were amorphous and presented moderate thermo-stable properties with an initial decomposition temperature higher than 170 °C and a maximum decomposition temperature around 250 °C as examined by TGA. Furthermore, the amorphous polyurethane-ureas have a good solubility in some traditional organic solvents because the siloxane and carbonate groups were introduced into the main chain. The present novel polyurethane-urea, which possesses a high flexibility and fine compatibility with other polymeric materials, will have a wide application as a macromolecular plasticizer in plastic materials.

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The article was received on 06 Feb 2016, accepted on 11 Mar 2016 and first published on 16 Mar 2016

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6GC00365F
Citation: Green Chem., 2016,18, 3614-3619

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    Synthesis of polyurethane-urea from double CO2-route oligomers

    Z. Ying, C. Wu, S. Jiang, R. Shi, B. Zhang, C. Zhang and F. Zhao, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 3614
    DOI: 10.1039/C6GC00365F

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