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Open Access Biobased Polyols Using Thiol-Ene Chemistry for Rigid Polyurethane Foams with Enhanced Flame-Retardant Properties

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Biobased polyol was synthesized using 1-thioglycerol and limonene, an extract of orange peel, via thiol-ene chemistry as an alternative to petrochemical-based polyol for preparation of rigid polyurethane foams (RPFs). Fire-retardant polyurethane foams were prepared by addition of different amounts of dimethyl methyl phosphonate (DMMP) in the polyol. The effect of DMMP on the properties of RPFs was studied. All the biobased RPFs maintained a regular cell structure with uniform cell distribution and over 90% of closed cell. The RPFs showed excellent compressive strength of ∼230 kPa without addition of DMMP. These RPFs almost retained their specific compressive strength even when 2 parts by weight (pbw) of DMMP was added but with significant improvement in fire retardancy. Horizontal burning test of RPFs containing only 2 pbw of DMMP showed reduction in burning time by ∼83% compared to the neat sample. Weight loss during the burning test for the control sample was nearly 50% and this was reduced significantly by addition of 2 pbw of DMMP to merely 7%. TGA analysis indicated that the improved flame retardancy could be attributed to the release of DMMP at the temperature range of 100 °C to 250 °C.

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Keywords: BIOBASED POLYOL; FLAME-RETARDANT FOAM; POLYURETHANES; RIGID FOAM; THIOL-ENE REACTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2017

This article was made available online on 17 February 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Biobased Polyols Using Thiol-Ene Chemistry for Rigid Polyurethane Foams with Enhanced Flame-Retardant Properties".

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  • The Journal of Renewable Materials (JRM) publishes high quality peer reviewed original research on macromolecules and additives obtained from renewable/biobased resources. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, JRM introduces cutting-edge research on biobased monomers, polymers, additives (both organic and inorganic), their blends and composites. It showcases both fundamental aspects and new applications for renewable materials. The fundamental theories and topics pertain to chemistry of biobased monomers, macromoners and polymers, their structure-property relationship, processing using sustainable methods, characterization (spectroscopic, morphological, thermal, mechanical, and rheological), bio and environmental degradation, and life cycle analysis. Demonstration of use of renewable materials and composites in applications including adhesives, bio and environmentally degradable structures, biomedicine, construction, electrical & electronics, mechanical, mendable and self-healing systems, optics, packaging, recycling, shape-memory, and stimulus responsive systems will be presented.
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