Bio-Degradable Polyurethane Foams Produced by Liquefied Polyol from Wheat Straw Biomass

Serrano, Luis; Rincon, Esther; Garcia, Araceli; Rodriguez, Jesus; Briones, Rodrigo


In the present work, an abundant and unused residue (wheat straw) has been employed to synthesize a polyol as a substituent of castor oil in polyurethane foams. The liquefied product showed excellent properties for the proposed application. Castor oil was substituted with up to 50% wheat straw polyol in the formulation of polyurethane foams, which were prepared using two different isocyanates (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and toluene-2,4-diisocyanate (TDI)). The evaluation of physical, mechanical, and thermal properties of the foams revealed that these materials can successfully be formed with up to 40% wheat straw polyols since all the results were improved. Moreover, at this polyol concentration, the morphology of the foams was presented as a compact and ordered structure. Following this trend, the foams showed excellent biodegradability at 30 days (5.60 and 7.31% for TDI and MDI foams, respectively) and 60 days (8.49 and 9.88% for TDI and MDI foams, respectively) in the soil media tests carried out. Thus, the materials prepared in this work can be proposed for agricultural applications such as use in plant nurseries.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000593701000001 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: POLYMERS
Volumen: 12
Número: 11
Editorial: MDPI
Fecha de publicación: 2020


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