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PU coatings with pressure sensitive adhesion property

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A new study demonstrates that thermoplastic polyurethane coatings with good tack at 10–37 °C can be prepared by using mixtures of polyethers of different molecular weights.

The PU coatings in a new study had potential as pressure sensitive adhesives. Source: makuba – Fotolia.com.

The PU coatings in a new study had potential as pressure sensitive adhesives. Source: makuba – Fotolia.com.

Thermoplastic polyurethane (PU) coatings with pressure sensitive adhesion property were synthetized by reacting 4,4′-diphenylmethane diisocyanate (MDI) with 1,4-butanediol and mixtures of polypropylene glycols (PPGs) of different molecular weights (1000 and 2000 Da). Good tack at 10–37 °C was obtained in PU coatings prepared with PPG2000 + PPG1000 mixtures containing 50 wt% or more PPG2000.

Potential as pressure sensitive adhesives

The pressure sensitive adhesion properties of the PU coatings were related to their minor content of bonded urethane groups and important degree of phase separation. Furthermore, these PU coatings followed Dahlquist criterion, they showed low glass transition temperatures, high tack, and low 180° peel strength. Therefore, the PU coatings had potential as pressure sensitive adhesives. Finally, PU coating made with PPG of molecular weight 1000 Da did not show pressure sensitive adhesion property.

The study is published in: Progress in Organic Coatings Volume 118, May 2018, Pages 148-156.

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