What is it about?
Polyurethanes are characterized by a structural diversity that ranges from crosslinked polymer networks to linear polymers and polyurethane nanoparticles. This means that they can serve a wide range of applications, bridging the gap between soft and highly elastic rubbers and hard and rigid plastics. Polyurethane nanoparticles can also be embedded to impart specific properties to these materials. The properties of the polyurethanes can be tailored to the application through the choice of building blocks such as multifunctional isocyanates, polyols, fillers, and additives. This wide range of possible structures and properties make polyurethanes highly versatile and adaptable to various applications.
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Why is it important?
With the ability to tailor the properties of polyurethanes to specific applications, they offer a sustainable and efficient solution to meet the demands of different industries. Additionally, the use of more sustainable building blocks, such as polyethercarbonate polyols, highlights a pathway towards developing eco-friendly materials. As such, knowledge about polyurethanes and their applications can contribute to advancements in technology and innovation for a variety of fields.
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This page is a summary of: Green polyols for polyurethane applications and nanomaterials, January 2021, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-822446-5.00003-4.
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