The general objective of the project is to develop and validate the process to synthesize a new family of polyols that contain 10-25% CO2, with the goal of developing more competitive and sustainable products with advanced properties to be used as intermediate products in the polyurethane industry (PU-PoPC), in CASE applications (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers), and in cellular foams.
These new polycarbonate polyol polyethers will replace the polyols traditionally used in the PU industry for this type of applications (polyolethers, polyolesters, and PTMG), overcoming barriers not yet surmounted in the PU industry. More specifically:
- Technological barriers connected to the efficient incorporation of CO2 in a polyol and its industrial-scale production.
- On the other hand, financial barriers will be overcome, considering that the new processes to obtain PoPC families for each final application are more competitive in an industrial scale, allowing access to new, previously out-of-reach markets
- Finally, regarding the environmental barriers that this project seeks to overcome, we can observe a perfect alignment with certain European policies focused on promoting the environment through the reduction of emissions of polluting gases, the use of fossil-based raw materials, and energy.
In general, research, development, and subsequent validation of these new processes to obtain PoPC families in a real operational environment will allow us to offer alternative solutions that are viable and, especially, sustainable, to obtain PU with a high added value and exceptional properties that also offers a competitive market price and is much more environmentally friendly.