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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2014, Article ID 250782, 9 pages
Research Article

The Modification of Polyurethane Foams Using New Boroorganic Polyols: Obtaining of Polyols with the Use of Hydroxypropyl Urea Derivatives

Department of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Rzeszow University of Technology, Al. Powstancow Warszawy 6, 35-959 Rzeszow, Poland

Received 22 January 2014; Revised 5 March 2014; Accepted 8 March 2014; Published 27 April 2014

Academic Editor: Yulin Deng

Copyright © 2014 Iwona Zarzyka. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Methods of synthesis of new prospective polyol components for obtaining of polyurethane foams of reduced combustibility using eco-friendly substrates have been presented. With this end in view, N,N′-bis(2-hydroxypropyl)urea was esterified with boric acid and next the hydrogenborate obtained was hydroxyalkylated by the excess of propylene carbonate. The influence of the way of esterification on the hydroxypropyl derivatives of borate substituted urea properties has been investigated. Esterification was run in the presence and in the absence of solvent. According to instrumental analysis, the characteristic of hydrogenborates obtained in both methods was found to be similar. The hydroxypropyl derivatives of borate substituted urea show similar spectral characteristics and thermal stabilities and differ slightly in molar masses, by-product contents, and physical properties, particularly viscosities. The properties of these derivatives were assessed paying special attention to their application as the polyol components of polyurethane foams. Hydroxypropyl urea derivatives, modified by boric acid, show changes in physical properties with temperature, similarly to typical polyols used for obtaining of polyurethane foams.