The Use of Lignin as Cross-linker for Polyurethane Foam for Potential Application in Adsorbing Materials

Jinpeng Li, Bin Wang, Kefu Chen, Xiaojun Tian, Jinsong Zeng, Jun Xu, Wenhua Gao


Lignin was extracted from wheat straw and used for its crosslinking function in the synthesis of polyurethane foam (PUF). The effects of lignin’s addition on the cross-linking structure and macroscopic properties of the PUFs were investigated. A morphological examination, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were conducted to measure the performance of the polyurethanes. Kinetic models were simulated to analyze the oily solvent adsorption mechanism of the polyurethane. The results showed that an increase in the cross-linking density was conducive to an improvement of the physical properties of the polyurethane. Moreover, the process of oily solvent adsorption was in accordance with the quasi-second-order kinetic model. Both physical and chemical adsorption occurred during the adsorption process. This work demonstrated a highly effective method for imparting PUFs with an excellent performance and proper lignin content.


Polyurethane foam; Lignin; Cross-linking; Mechanical properties; Kinetic model

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