Technology Converts Polyurethane Scrap Into Polyols


Jun 08, 2010

Indiana-based InfiChem Polymers LLC (ICP) has developed and implemented a process that converts polyurethane scrap foam into new green polyols for polyurethanes, trademarked INFIGREEN Polyols.

Initial research was funded in part through the Cooperative Research and development Agreement (CRADA) between the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), The Vehicle Recycle Partnership (VRP) of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research (USCAR), and the Automotive Group of the American Chemistry Council – Plastics Division (ACC-PD).  
ICP's technology is based on glycolysis process that chemically depolymerizes polyurethanes into liquid initiators, which are used to produce INFIGREEN Polyols.  
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