Columbus, Ohio -- Scientists at R&D operation Battelle say they have developed a novel, water-based polyurethane which is more environmentally responsible.
This cost-effective polyurethane is based on polyol derived from soya-oil, and is free of the solvent N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP).
Battelle claims this new polyurethane has less odour than its petroleum-based counterpart and can be used in a wide variety of coatings and adhesives.
According to Battelle, water-based polyurethanes must have NMP added during the manufacturing process in order to lower viscosity. This proprietary new recipe eliminates the need for that expensive solvent, an important new breakthrough that reduces costs, handling, reporting regulations, vapours and pollution.
The polyurethane stems from research fostered in Battelle's formal mentoring programme. It was funded by Ohio soyabean farmers through the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC).