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Wang, Z., Yang, X., Zhou, Y., and Liu, C. (2013). "Mechanical and thermal properties of polyurethane films from peroxy-acid wheat straw lignin," BioRes. 8(3), 3833-3843.

Abstract

In the present work, a type of PU film was made from peroxy-acid-derived wheat straw lignin by reacting varying amounts of lignin ranging from 10 to 50 wt% (with respect to PEG), polyethylene glycol (Mn = 1000), and tolylene 2,4-diisocyanate without catalyst. The effects of lignin content on the tensile property and thermostability of the lignin polyurethane films obtained were investigated. The thermal conductivity of lignin polyurethane films was also studied. Results showed that when the lignin content increased, the glass transition temperature (Tg) and tensile strength of the lignin polyurethane film increased, but the onset decomposition temperature and elongation at break decreased. When the lignin content was 40 wt%, the lignin polyurethane film had the best overall properties. In addition, compared with PU films, lignin PU films showed better heat-insulating properties.
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