A diisocyanate baring ether bonds, 1,2-bis(isocyanate)ethoxyethane (TEGDI), was used for the preparation of polyurethane elastomers (PUEs). The PUEs were synthesized with either TEGDI or HDI, poly(oxytetramethylene) glycol (PTMG), and curing agents by a prepolymer method. 1,6-Hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) was also used as a control diisocyanate. The TEGDI-based PUEs exhibited highly softened property on account of flexibility of TEGDI itself and weaker phase separation. Another TEGDI-based PUEs were prepared with either poly(oxypropylene) glycol (PPG) or poly(caprolactone) glycol (PCL). Microphase-separated structure of these TEGDI-based PUEs are quite different from those with general diisocyanates and the PUEs were made be greatly softened.
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