Synthesis, properties, and applications of ion-containing polyurethane segmented copolymers

Ashley M. Nelson, Timothy E. Long

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Despite the well-established foundation of polyurethane chemistry in both industry and academia, research continues at a vigorous pace to refine synthetic processes and discover new functional materials. Incorporating ionic groups into polymers is a synthetic parameter capable of tailoring polymer properties and enabling emerging technologies. This review focuses on recent effort in the field of ion-containing segmented polyurethane copolymers. Multiple synthetic strategies to incorporate both cationic and anionic sites, including a particular focus on waterborne polyurethane dispersions and green synthetic methods, are examined. Fundamental structure-property relationships based on ionic structure, content, and placement are explored and many applications, including biomedical products and polymer electrolytes for energy devices are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2161-2174
Number of pages14
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Ionic
  • Phase separation
  • Polyurethanes
  • Segmented
  • Waterborne polyurethane dispersions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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