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Abstract  

Lignin-and molasses-based polyurethane (PU) foams with various lignin/molasses mixing ratios were prepared. The hydroxyl group in molasses and lignin is used as the reaction site and PU foams with various isocyanate (NCO)/the hydroxyl group (OH) ratios were obtained. Thermal properties of PU foams were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetry (TG) and thermal conductivity measurement. Glass transition temperature (Tg) was observed depending on NCO/OH ratio in a temperature range from ca. 80 to 120°C and thermal decomposition temperature (Td) from ca. 280 to 295°C. Mixing ratio of molasses and lignin polyol scarcely affected the Tg and Td. Thermal conductivity of PU foams was in a range from 0.030 to 0.040 Wm−1 K−1 depending on mixing ratio of lignin and molasses.

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