Segmented polyurethane from soyoil polyols

Ling Zhang, Hyun K. Jeon, Jeff Malsam, Ron Herrington, Christopher W. Macosko

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In this study three polyurethane (PU) flexible foams were prepared by using poly ether polyol and by replacing 30% of the polyether polyol with soybean oil-derived polyol (SBOP) and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) copolymer filled polyol. Scanning electron microscope, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) were used to examine the cellular structure and the polymer morphology. Compared to the all petroleum-based PU foams, DMA of the SBOP-containing foam showed broader glass transition temperature accompanied by a more gradual decay of the storage modulus (G′) with temperature. The SAXS results exhibited a decrease in signal intensity as SBOP is incorporated into the foam, which corresponds to a decrease in electron density contrast between the hard and soft phases. Both behaviors observed in DMA and SAXS suggest an increased degree of phase mixing in SBOP-containing foam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event2006 AIChE Annual Meeting - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2006Nov 17 2006

Publication series

NameAIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings


Other2006 AIChE Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA


  • And morphology
  • Polyurethane flexible foam
  • Soybean oil polyol


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