Both oxidation and methoxymethylation of the surfaces of a series of MDI (methylene diphenyl isocyanate) and TDI (toluene
diisocyanate) polyether and polyester soft segment 1–4 butanediol polyurethanes result in increased thermal stability as measured
by TG. Explosive loss of mass above the hard segment melting temperature suggests that the diffusion of the dissociated diisocyanate
moiety is hindered at lower temperatures. Thus suppression of the depolycondensation reaction by chemical blockage of the
surface may result in a material with an increased service life at use temperatures as thermal stability of a polyurethane
may depend upon the low diffusivity of its diisocyanate comonomer. The effect of vacuum, oxygen and water vapor on the kinetics
of mass-loss of several of the polyurethanes is presented.