Chemistry is key: Advances in polyurethane chemistry allow formulators to customize coatings for a wide spectrum of applications

Indianapolis, May 3, 2012 — Otto Bayer discovered polyurethane chemistry 75 years ago. Since that time, this versatile chemistry has evolved, ushering in a number of coatings technologies, including one- and two-component solventborne and waterborne chemistries, radiation-curing polyurethane coatings and polyurethane powder coatings formulations.

Visitors to the American Coatings Show (ACS) taking place May 8-10, can learn about this evolution, as well as the roles isocyanates, isocyanate coreactants, aqueous polyurethane dispersions, UV-curable urethane acrylates and other polyurethane technologies play in a pre-conference tutorial highlighting the versatile chemistry of polyurethane coatings. "Tutorial 6 – Polyurethanes" led by Mike Jeffries, strategic technology manager, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, will take place 10:30 a.m. – noon, Monday, May 7.

After delivering a synopsis of the fundamentals of polyurethanes, Jeffries will provide attendees with insight as to how formulators can use the structures of polyurethane systems to improve or enhance a coating's performance in a myriad of end-use applications.

"Chemistry is the key to unlocking the unique properties of polyurethanes for use in coatings and adhesives. Tweaking the polyurethane chemistry allows formulators to fine tune their formulation to impart the specific performance characteristics needed for each coating's application," says Jeffries.

During his presentation, Jeffries will discuss mature markets that are utilizing "new-to-them" polyurethane chemistries in applications like personal care products – such as hairstyling, color cosmetics and skin care products that benefit from polyurethane's film-forming properties. He will also highlight emerging technologies that can complement or improve the performance-enhancing abilities of polyurethane chemistry.

Stop by Bayer MaterialScience's booth, #301, during the show to further discuss these technologies.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of polymers and high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,800 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2011 sales of 10.8 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience's 2011 sales in North America were $2.9 billion. The company manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC's business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, excellence in corporate management, social responsibility and respect for the environment.


Tom Erdner, Phone: 412-777-5200

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