Nanophase separation in segmented polyurethane elastomers: Effect of specific interactions on structure and properties

Béla Pukánszky, Kristóf Bagdi, Zsuzsa Tóvölgyi, József Varga, Lajos Botz, Stephan Hudak, Tamás Dóczi, Béla Pukánszky

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Polyurethanes were prepared from 4,4′-methylenebis (phenyl isocyanate) (MDI), 1,4-butanediol (BD) and poly (tetrahydrofurane) polyether polyol (PTHF). The -OH functional group ratio of polyol/total diol was kept constant at 0.4 in all experiments, while the ratio of the isocianate and hydroxyl groups (NCO/OH) changed between 0.940 and 1.150. Melt polymerization was carried out in an internal mixer. The polymers were characterized with a number of methods including GPC, FTIR, WAXS, DSC, DMA and tensile testing. Changing stoichiometry modifies molecular weight as expected, but the relative concentration of end-groups also changes at the same time. The respective end-groups preferentially associate with each other leading to phase separation. -OH end-groups enter into weaker interactions with each other than urethane and amine groups. The extent of phase separation, as well as the size and properties of the dispersed phase depend on composition. Each property of the polymer is affected differently by molecular weight and phase separation. Melt viscosity depends mostly on the length of the molecules, ultimate tensile properties are influenced also by interactions, while stiffness is determined almost exclusively by phase structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2431-2438
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Polymer Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2008


  • Medical application
  • Phase separation
  • Polyurethane elastomer
  • Specific interactions
  • Structure-property correlations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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