Mitsui Chemicals Receives Incentive Award for STABiO™ as Part of 19th GSC Awards
An eco-friendly polyisocyanate offering high performance
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo: 4183; President & CEO: HASHIMOTO Osamu) has received an Incentive Award as part of the 19th GSC Awards*1 run by The Japan Association for Chemical Innovation (JACI; Chairman: KOBORI Hideki). The award was given for Mitsui Chemicals’ development of both 1,5-Pentamethylene diisocyanate (STABiO™ PDI™) – the world’s first bio-based isocyanate – and a polyisocyanate hardener made as a derivative of this.
*1The GSC Awards are used to acknowledge individuals and organizations who have made excellent contributions to the pursuit of green and sustainable chemistry (GSC).
|Name of Award||The 19th (2019) Green and Sustainable Chemistry Award (Incentive Award)|
|Awarded Research||Development of Polyurethanes Using Novel Bio-based Isocyanate and Its Derivatives|
|Prizewinners||Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.||YAMASAKI Satoshi, Currently on secondment|
|NAKAGAWA Toshihiko, Senior Researcher, Synthetic Chemicals Laboratory, R&D Center|
|SHINDO Atsunori, Senior Analyst, R&D Planning & Coordination Division|
|SASAKI Masaaki, Director, Fine Chemicals Manufacturing Department, Omuta Works|
|Tianjin Cosmo Polyurethane Co., Ltd.||MORITA Hirokazu|
|Product description||1,5-Pentamethylene diisocyanate (STABiO™ PDI™) and a polyisocyanate hardener made as a derivative of this|
|Main applications||Automotive and plastic coatings, adhesives, etc.|
With STABiO™, Mitsui Chemicals has developed the world’s first bio-based isocyanate PDI™ and polyisocyanate hardener using this. STABiO™ is used in paints and adhesive products, granting chemical resistance, abrasion resistance and gloss to a level not found with conventional polyurethane materials.
The high reactivity of STABiO™ allows for curing at lower temperatures and shorter times, leading to increased energy efficiency. Being bio-based also makes the material environmentally friendly. Development is now advancing for new applications that require materials with unique textures – including a product that is lightweight but strong and transparent, as well as a gel with unique softness.
Going forward, Mitsui Chemicals will work to popularize STABiO™ as it looks to help bring about a society that gets maximum use out of renewable resources.