Polyurethanes: Properties, Uses and Prospects


Frederick L. Hope (Editor)

Series: Materials Science and Technologies
BISAC: TEC021000

Polyurethanes are commonly prepared from polyols, diisocyanates and chain extenders. The polyols are polyesters, polyethers or polycarbonates, while the chain extenders are low molecular weight diols or diamines. In general only a limited number of diisocyanates are used, such as toluene diisocyanate, methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI), hydrogenated MDI and hexamethylene diisocyanate. The first chapter of this book examines functional polyurethanes based on blocked isocyanates.

Chapter two reviews the research and the most relevant advances in the investigation of thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers, TPU, and provides a comprehensive source of information on their synthesis, structure, properties and applications. Chapter three presents a short review of some ideas employed to make polyurethanes more compatible with human body, and other biotic, or even abiotic forms of nature. Chapter four reviews the state of the art in research on shape memory polyurethane structure and its thermo-mechanical as well as mechanical properties. Chapter five reviews the use of polyurethane-coated implants for breast augmentation.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Functional Polyurethanes based on Blocked Isocyanates
(F. Xiang, DuPont Research & Development and Management Co., Ltd., P.R.C.China, J. Yin, Research Fellow at University of Leeds, UK, L. Asri, Advanced Material Processing Group, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia and T. Loontjens, University of Groningen, the Netherlands)

Chapter 2
Synthesis, Characterization and Applications of Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomers
(Marija V. Pergal, Milica Balaban, Jelena Nestorov and Gordana Toviloviæ-Kovaèeviæ, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy (ICTM)-Center of Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Njegoševa, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)

Chapter 3
Natural Substrates and their Synthetic Analogues for Polyurethanes Modification
(Joanna Brzeska, Gdynia Maritime University, Poland)

Chapter 4
Shape Memory Polyurethane for Structural Applications
(Mahi Fahimian, Omar Faruk, Jimi Tjong and Mohini Sain, Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, and others)

Chapter 5
Polyurethane-Coated Implants for Breast Augmentation
(Nikki Castel and Fereydoun Don Parsa, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Hawai’i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI, USA)


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