Preparation of polyurethane elastomers (PUEs) in a high-throughput workflow (pages 301–313)
László I. Majoros, Bernard Dekeyser, Nancy Haucourt, Pieter Castelein, Johan Paul, Johannes M. Kranenburg, Erik Rettler, Richard Hoogenboom and Ulrich S. Schubert
Version of Record online: 29 NOV 2010 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.24397
In this contribution, a concept is reported for the high-throughput preparation and screening of polyurethane elastomer (PUE) samples that are mainly applied within the automotive industry as covering materials. The raw materials for the preparation of PUEs are very viscous and reactive; therefore, their handling requires a highly flexible and fast high-throughput tool. Nowadays, these non-cellular PU materials are mainly processed in a manual way enabling the preparation of a maximum of 20 elastomer samples per day and per person which does not allow fast innovation. The growing markets and demands for new PU materials are pushing companies towards the use of high-throughput technologies as the key approach to discover and develop new polymer products faster and more energy efficient than before.