The European polymer industry is under increasing pressure to produce innovative products at lower cost to compete with overseas imports.
Polymers are long chains created by repeated combinations of small molecules. The unique Econic catalysts allow these polymerisations to proceed with minimal additional energy input and greater control.
Econic catalysts enable co-polymerisation of CO2 with epoxides to form polycarbonate polyols. These may be either long-chain polycarbonates or short-chain polycarbonate polyols, which can be processed into valuable polyurethane products that are already widely in use.
Polyurethanes (PU), made in about equal measure from polyols and diisocyanates, are used in a very wide range of applications ranging from furniture and bedding, automotive components, insulation foams for construction and appliances, coatings for flooring, vehicles and marine applications, to elastomers for shoe soles.
The CO2 based polymers made using Econic catalysts can potentially form a wide range of polyurethane products, including hard and soft foams, elastic films, coatings, adhesives or transparent sheets that can be used in a variety of specialty and everyday consumer applications.
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