Pub. No.: WO/2018/143912 International Application No.: PCT/US2017/015730
Publication Date: 09.08.2018 International Filing Date: 31.01.2017
IPC:
C07F 9/53 (2006.01) ,G03C 1/73 (2006.01)
Applicants: HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P.[US/US]; 11445 Compaq Center Drive W. Houston, Texas 77070, US
Inventors: ZHOU, Zhang-Lin; US
STRAMEL, Rodney David; US
LANE, Gregg A.; US
Agent: HASAN, Nishat; US
OAKESON, Gary P.; US
Priority Data:
Title (EN) REACTIVE POLYURETHANE DISPERSIONS
(FR) DISPERSIONS RÉACTIVES DE POLYURÉTHANE
Abstract: front page image

(EN) The present disclosure is drawn to a reactive polyurethane dispersion including a polymer strand having a polymer backbone that has two ends terminating at a first capping unit and a second capping unit. The polymer backbone can include polymerized monomers including a reactive diol and a blend of two or more diisocyanates. The reactive diol can be an acrylate-containing diol, a methacrylate-containing diol, or combination thereof. The first capping unit can be an acrylate-containing monoalcohol or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol reacted with an isocyanate group of the diisocyanates. The second capping unit can be an ionic stabilizing group. The polymer backbone can be devoid of ionic stabilizing groups.
(FR) La présente invention concerne une dispersion de polyuréthane réactive comprenant un brin polymère ayant un squelette polymère qui a deux extrémités se terminant au niveau d’une première unité de coiffage et d’une seconde unité de coiffage. Le squelette polymère peut comprendre des monomères polymérisés comprenant un diol réactif et un mélange de deux ou de plusieurs diisocyanates. Le diol réactif peut être un diol contenant un acrylate, un diol contenant du méthacrylate, ou une combinaison de ceux-ci. La première unité de coiffage peut être un monoalcool contenant de l’acrylate ou un monoalcool contenant du méthacrylate ayant réagi avec un groupe isocyanate des diisocyanates. La seconde unité de coiffage peut être un groupe de stabilisation ionique. Le squelette polymère peut être dépourvu de groupes stabilisants ioniques.

REACTIVE POLYURETHANE DISPERSIONS

BACKGROUND

[0001 ] Radiation curable compositions, such as ultraviolet (UV) curable compositions, can become highly durable solids upon curing. UV-curable polyurethane, for example, has been used in applications such as paints, floor finishes, aircraft coatings, industrial coatings, and so on. UV-curable

polyurethane coatings can be applied in liquid form and then cured very quickly using UV radiation to produce a hard, durable cross-linked coating.

BRI EF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0002]Additional features and advantages of the disclosure will be apparent from the detailed description which follows, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, which together illustrate, by way of example, features of the present technology.

[0003] FIG. 1 is an example reaction scheme showing a reaction pathway for forming a polymer strand of a reactive polyurethane dispersion in accordance with the present disclosure; and

[0004] FIG. 2 is a flowchart of an example method of making a reactive polyurethane dispersion in accordance with the present disclosure.

[0005] Reference will now be made to several examples that are illustrated herein, and specific language will be used herein to describe the same. It will nevertheless be understood that no limitation of the scope of the disclosure is thereby intended.

DETAILED DESCRI PTION

[0006]The present disclosure is drawn to reactive polyurethane dispersions. These reactive polyurethane dispersions can be used in UV-curable water-based inkjet inks. Generally, UV-curable inkjet inks can include water, a colorant, a photoinitiator, and a reactive component such as monomers or reactive polymers that can polymerize or cross-link upon exposure to UV radiation. The polyurethane dispersions described herein can include reactive groups such as acrylate and methacrylate groups that can cross-link the polyurethane when the UV-curable ink is exposed to UV radiation.

[0007] In further detail, the reactive polyurethane dispersions described herein can include polymer strands with acrylate or methacrylate reactive groups in capping units at the ends of the strands. In some examples, a reactive polyurethane dispersion can include a polymer strand that has a polymer backbone having two ends terminating at a first capping unit and a second capping unit. The polymer backbone can be formed of polymerized monomers including: a reactive diol selected from an acrylate-containing diol, a

methacrylate-containing diol, or combination thereof; and a blend of two or more diisocyanates. The first capping unit can be an acrylate-containing or

methacrylate-containing monoalcohol reacted with an isocyanate group of one of the diisocyanates. The second capping unit can be an ionic stabilizing group. The polymer backbone can be devoid of ionic stabilizing groups. In certain examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have an NCO/OH ratio of 1 .2 to 10, an acid number of 20 to 100, and/or a double bond density of 1 .5 to 10. In a further example, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can be a UV-curable ink composition that also includes a colorant and a photoinitiator. The two or more diisocyanates can be selected form Formulas IX to XIV, or combinations thereof, shown hereinafter. In another example, the reactive diol can be selected from Formulations I to IV, or combinations thereof, also shown hereinafter. In yet another example, the acrylate-containing monoalcohol or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol can be selected from Formulations XV to XVII, or combinations thereof, shown hereinafter. In one specific example, the reactive diol can be the structure shown in Formula III, and the blend of two or more diisocyanates can be the structures shown in Formulas XII and XIV hereinafter.

[0008]An alternative reactive polyurethane dispersion is also provided, and can include a polymer strand that has a polymer backbone having two ends terminating at a first capping unit and a second capping unit. The polymer backbone can be formed of polymerized monomers including: a blend of two or more diisocyanates, and a reactive diol selected Formulas I to IV shown hereinafter, or a combination thereof. The first capping unit can be an acrylate-containing monoalcohol or a methacrylate-containing monoalcohol reacted with an isocyanate group of one of the two or more diisocyanates. The second capping unit can be an ionic stabilizing group. In a further example, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can be a UV-curable ink composition that also includes a colorant and a photoinitiator.

[0009] In a further example, a method of making a reactive polyurethane dispersion can include reacting a blend of two or more diisocyanates with a reactive diol selected from an acrylate-containing diol, a methacrylate-containing diol, or combination thereof, to form a first pre-polymer. The first pre-polymer can be reacted with an acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol to form a second pre-polymer. The second pre-polymer can then be reacted with an acid-containing amine to form a polymer strand. The polymer strand can be dispersed in water to form the reactive polyurethane dispersion. In one example, the method can include adding a colorant and a photoinitiator to the reactive polyurethane dispersion to form a UV-curable ink composition.

[0010]The reactive polyurethane dispersions described herein can be pH-stable in inkjet ink compositions. Inkjet inks are often basic, having a pH in the range of about 7.0 to about 1 1 .5. Acrylate monomers are often used in reactive polyurethanes, but the acrylate groups are easily hydrolyzed under the basic conditions of inkjet ink. This results in a drop in the pH of the ink over time. The drop in pH of the inkjet can result in problems with the ink, such as causing dispersed pigments to crash out of dispersion making the ink unjettable. The reactive polyurethane dispersions described herein can overcome these challenges because the reactive polyurethane dispersions can have a stable pH over time, while also being curable by UV radiation to provide a durable printed image.

[0011 ] As used herein, “pH-stable” means a composition that changes less than 1 pH unit after two weeks in accelerated shelf-life (ASL) conditions. ASL refers to an experimental test designed to test the shelf-life of a composition in an accelerated time frame. ASL tests referred to herein are performed by placing a composition in a container open to air at a temperature of 50 °C. It is assumed that each week under these conditions simulates six months of shelf-life time under normal storage conditions.

[0012] Many commercially available reactive pH dispersions are intended for UV-curable coating applications. Commercially available reactive pH dispersions include dispersions sold under the names Ucecoat®6558,

Ucecoat®6559, Ebecryl®2002 and Ebecryl®2003 (available from Cytec). Other representative acrylated CPUDs include Ucecoat®7710, Ucecoat®7655

(available from Cytec), Neorad®R440, Neorad®R441 , Neorad®R447,

Neorad®R448 (available from DSM NeoResins), Bayhydrol®UV 2317,

Bayhydrol®UV VP LS 2348 (available from Bayer), Lux®430, Lux®399, Lux®484 (available from Alberdingk Boley), Laromer®LR8949, Laromer®LR8983, Laromer®PE22WN, Laromer®PE55WN, Laromer ®UA9060 (available from BASF). Under basic aqueous conditions, these commercially available dispersions hydrolyze easily and produce more than one or two units of pH drop after 1 week ASL.

[0013]The reactive polyurethane dispersions described herein include particular combinations of functional groups in the polymer backbone and capping units of the polyurethane polymer strands in the dispersions. These combinations of functional groups and their placement in the polymer strands can improve the pH-stability of the dispersions. Thus, the present reactive

polyurethane dispersions can overcome the pH-stability limitations of

commercially available polyurethane dispersions when used in basic aqueous inks. In some examples, the present reactive polyurethane dispersions do not exhibit the large pH drop under basic aqueous conditions that occurs with the commercially available polyurethane dispersions mentioned above.

[0014] To clarify the structure of polymer strands in the reactive

polyurethane dispersion, Formula (V) shows one example of a general chemical structure of a polymer strand in the polyurethane dispersion:

[0015] In Formula (V), R2, R3, R4, R5, and R6 can correspond to the following groups: can be an organic group that includes an acrylamide or methacrylamide functional group; R2 and R3 can be organic groups that are different from one another; R4 can be an organic group containing an acrylate or methacrylate functional group; R5 can be an ionic stabilizing group; and R6 can be hydrogen or an additional organic group. As shown in the formula, “(R2/R3)” means that either R2 or R3may be in the position shown in the polymer strand. These groups can originate from a blend of two different diisocyanates that are polymerized together to form the polymer strand. Thus, the diisocyanate containing the R2 group will polymerize in some locations along the polymer strand while the diisocyanate containing the R3group polymerizes in other locations. In some examples, the R2 and R3 groups can be randomly distributed along the polymer strand. The term “organic group” can generally refer to carbon-containing groups with from 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and can be straight chained, branched, alicyclic, aromatic, etc. Organic groups can be substituted with O, S, P, N, B, etc. Additionally, n can be any integer, for example from 1 to 1 ,000. The polymer strand includes capping units that include groups Ri, R5, and R6 with a polymer backbone between the capping units. In some examples the polymer backbone can be formed by polymerizing a blend of two or more diisocyanates and a diol. The polymer backbone shown in Formula (V) can be formed by reacting a blend of two diisocyanates having Formula (VI) and Formula (VII) with a diol having Formula (VIII):

0=C=N R2— N=C=0

(VI)

o- c (VI I)

HO R3— OH

(VI II)

[0016]The diisocyanates and diol can polymerize to form a polymer backbone of alternating polymerized diisocyanate and diol groups. The capping units can be added at each end of the polymer backbone by introducing a monofunctional monomer that includes the groups or R5 and R6. In various examples, the monofunctional monomer can be a monoalcohol or monoamine that reacts with the unreacted isocyanate groups of the diisocyanate monomers at the ends of the polymer backbone. In certain examples, the polymer strand can include different capping units at each end of the polymer strand. This is shown in Formula (V). However, in other examples, the polymer strand can have two identical capping units.

[0017] In some examples, the polymer strands of the reactive polyurethane dispersion can include a polymer backbone including polymerized monomers. The polymerized monomers in the polymer backbone can include a reactive diol and a diisocyanate. In certain examples, the reactive diol can be selected from an acrylate-containing diol, a methacrylate-containing diol, or combination thereof. As used herein, “acrylate-containing diol” refers to a chemical compound that has two hydroxyl groups and an acrylate functional group. Similarly, “methacrylate-containing diol” refers to a diol compound that includes a methacrylate functional group.

[0018]These reactive diols can polymerize with the diisocyanates to form the polymer backbone. In the polymerizing process, an oxygen atom in a hydroxyl group of the reactive diol forms a bond with a carbon atom in an isocyanate group of a diisocyanate. This is commonly referred to as a urethane linkage. By this process, a polymer backbone forms as a chain of alternating polymerized diisocyanate and reactive diol monomers. As used herein,

“polymerized monomer” is used to describe monomers in their polymerized state, e.g., after the monomers have bonded together to form a polymer chain. The names of monomers in their original state may be used even though it is understood that the monomers change in certain ways during polymerizing. For example, “polymerized diisocyanate and reactive diol” can refer to a polymer chain formed by polymerizing a diisocyanate and a reactive diol, even though the diisocyanate and reactive diol do not actually exist as separate molecules in the polymer. In the case of polymerized diisocyanates and reactive diols, a hydrogen atom of the hydroxyl group of the reactive diol is replaced by a bond between the oxygen atom of the hydroxyl group and the carbon atom of the isocyanate group of the diisocyanate. Thus, the reactive diol is no longer a reactive diol, but has become a portion of a polymer chain. However, “polymerized reactive diol” may still be used to refer to this portion of the polymer chain for the sake of convenience. The portions of the polymer chain formed from diisocyanates or diols can also be referred to as “diisocyanate units” and “diol units” for convenience.

[0019] Accordingly, in some examples the reactive polyurethane dispersion can include a polymer strand having a polymer backbone including polymerized diisocyanates and reactive diol. The reactive diol can be an acrylate-containing diol, a methacrylate-containing diol, or combination thereof. In examples where multiple types of reactive diol are included, the polymer backbone resulting from polymerizing the monomers can be made up of alternating diisocyanate and diol units, where each of the diol units can be one of the multiple types of reactive diols that were included in the polymerization reaction. In some examples, all or substantially all of the diol units in the polymer backbone can be an acrylate-containing diol or a methacrylate-containing diol. In alternate examples, a non-reactive diol can also be included in the polymer backbone. In still further examples, other polyols can be included having more than two hydroxyl groups in each polyol molecule.

[0020] In certain examples, the reactive diol polymerized in the polymer backbone can be selected from the following reactive diols:

or a combination thereof.

[0021 ]The reactive diol can include reactive functional groups that can participate in UV-curing. Acrylate groups and methacrylate groups can each participate in UV-curing through the double bonds in each of these functional groups. Thus, when the reactive polyurethane dispersion is cured, the double bonds in the acrylate and/or methacrylate groups can link together to form crosslinking between polymer strands.

[0022]The diisocyanates in the blend of two or more diisocyanates are not particularly limited. Generally, a diisocyanate is a molecule having two isocyanate groups that can react with the hydroxyl groups of the reactive diol to form urethane linkages. In some examples, the diisocyanates used in the polymer backbone can be non-reactive. That is, the diisocyanates can be devoid of reactive functional groups other than the isocyanate groups. For example, the diisocyanates can be devoid of acrylate, methacrylate, acrylamide,

methacrylamide, allyl, styrene, and other functional groups that can participate in UV-curing. In alternate examples, the diisocyanates can include one or more of such functional groups.

[0023] In certain examples, the diisocyanates polymerized in the polymer backbone can be selected from the following diisocyanates:

(IX),

or a combination thereof.

[0024] In a specific example, the polymer backbone can be formed from the following monomers:

[0025]Capping units can be added to the polymer backbone by polymerizing a monofunctional monomer with the isocyanate groups at the terminal ends of the polymer backbone. In some examples of the reactive polyurethane dispersion described herein, two distinct capping units can be included in the polymer strands. In certain examples, a polymer strand can have a first capping unit at one end of the polymer backbone, and a second capping unit at the other end of the polymer backbone. The first capping unit can be an acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol reacted with an isocyanate group of the diisocyanates of the polymer backbone. The second capping unit can be an ionic stabilizing group.

[0026] As used herein, “ionic stabilizing group” refers to an organic group that includes an acidic functional group or other ionic functional group that can stabilize the dispersion of the polyurethane in water. Acidic stabilizing groups can include organic acid functional groups (i.e., carboxyls), sulfonic acid groups, and other acidic functional groups. In some examples, a capping unit including an ionic stabilizing group can be an amino acid. In further examples, a capping unit including an ionic stabilizing group can be taurine.

[0027] In further examples, the acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol reacted with an isocyanate group of the polymer backbone to form the capping unit can be selected from the following molecules:

or a combination thereof.

[0028]The hydroxyl group of the acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol can react with the isocyanate group of the polymer backbone to bond the monoalcohol to the polymer backbone. The acrylate or methacrylate group can be available to participate in UV-curing of the

polyurethane dispersion.

[0029] In some examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can include a mixture of polymer strands having different combinations of capping groups. In particular, some polymer strands may have an acrylate-containing or

methacrylate-containing monoalcohol bonded to the polymer backbone at one end, and an ionic stabilizing group bonded to the polymer backbone at the other end. Other polymer strands may have an acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol bonded to both ends of the polymer backbone. Still other polymer strands can have an ionic stabilizing group bonded to both ends of the polymer backbone. In one example, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can include a majority of polymer strands with an acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol bonded to one end of the polymer backbone and an ionic stabilizing group bonded to the other end of the polymer backbone. These polymer strands can have the advantage of improved dispersion stability due to the ionic stabilizing group and the advantage of the acrylate or methacrylate group in the capping unit participating in UV-curing to increase the durability of the cured polyurethane. The reactive polyurethane dispersion can also include smaller amounts of polymer strands having acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing capping units at both ends and polymer strands having ionic stabilizing groups at both ends. In one example, more than 50% of the polymer strands in the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have the acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol at one end and the ionic stabilizing group at the other end.

[0030] In some examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can be more pH-stable when particular types of monomers are included or not included in the polymer backbone and the capping units. In one example, the polymer backbone can be free of ionic stabilizing groups. In particular, the polymer backbone can be devoid of monomers that contain acidic functional groups. In this example, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can include ionic stabilizing groups in the capping units, but not on the polymer backbone. In a specific example, the polymer backbone can be devoid of carboxylate and sulfonate groups.

[0031 ] In further examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have a NCO/OH ratio of 1 .2 to 10. In another example, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have a NCO/OH ratio of 2 to 3. As used herein, “NCO/OH ratio” refers to the mole ratio of NCO groups to OH groups in the monomers that react to form the polymer backbone.

[0032] In still further examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have a double bond density of 1 .5 to 10. In other examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have a double bond density of 2 to 10, 3 to 10, or 4 to 10. As used herein, “double bond density” refers to the number of millimoles of double bonds in 1 g of the polyurethane polymer by dry weight.

[0033]The reactive polyurethane dispersions described herein can have an acid number from 20 to 100. In further examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have an acid number from 25 to 80, from 30 to 60, or from 35 to 50. As used herein, “acid number” refers to the number of milligrams of potassium hydroxide required to neutralize one gram of the polyurethane dispersion, by solid weight.

[0034] In some examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersions can have a minimum film-forming temperature from -50 °C to 80 °C. In further examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersions can have a minimum film-forming temperature from -30 °C to 60 °C or from -25 °C to 50 °C.

[0035]The molecular weight of the polyurethane can also be controlled. In some examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have a weight average molecular weight Mw from 1 ,000 to 50,000. In further examples, the reactive polyurethane dispersion can have a Mw from 2,000 to 25,000 or from 3,000 to 10,000.

[0036]The reactive polyurethane dispersions can be incorporated into UV-curable ink compositions. In some examples, a UV-curable ink composition can include a colorant, a photoinitiator, and a reactive polyurethane dispersion as described herein.

[0037] In some examples, the UV-curable ink composition can be a basic aqueous ink. In one example, the UV-curable ink composition can have a pH of 7.0 to 1 1 .5. In further examples, the UV-curable ink composition can have a pH of 7.5 to 10.5 or 8.0 to 9.0. The reactive polyurethane dispersion in the UV-curable ink composition can be pH stable at these conditions, meaning that the pH of the UV-curable ink composition stays nearly constant over time. In one example, the pH of the UV-curable ink composition can be sufficiently stable that the pH does not decrease by more than 1 .0 when the UV-curable ink composition is exposed to accelerated shelf-life (ASL) at 50 °C in open air for 1 week. Each week of ASL is assumed to correspond to six months of shelf-life under normal storage conditions. In a further example, the pH-stability of the UV-curable ink

composition may be improved by using a polymer backbone that is devoid of ionic stabilizing groups in the reactive polyurethane dispersion.

[0038]The UV-curable ink composition can also include a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator can be a material that generates radicals during UV-curing. Radicals produced by the photoinitiator upon exposure to UV radiation can initiate bonding between the reactive groups in the reactive polyurethane dispersion. In some examples, the photoinitiator can be a type I photoinitiator, which is a unimolecular photoinitiator that generates radicals upon absorption of UV radiation. In further examples, the photoinitiator can be a type II photoinitiator, which can be used together with a synergist to generate radicals by hydrogen abstraction from the synergist. Non-limiting examples of photoinitiators that can be used in the UV-curable ink composition can include 1 -hydroxy-cyclohexylphenylketone, benzophenone, 2,4,6-trimethylbenzo-phenone, 4-methylbenzophenone, diphenyl-(2, 4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide, phenyl bis(2, 4,6trimethylbenzoyl)phosphine oxide, 2-hydroxy-2-methyl-1 -phenyl-1 -propanone, benzyl-dimethyl ketal, 2-methyl-l-[4-(methylthio)phenyl]-2-morpholinopropan-l-one, or combinations thereof. Non-limiting examples of additional photo initiators include alpha amino ketone UV photo initiators such as Ciba® Irgacure® 907, Ciba® Irgacure® 369, and Ciba® Irgacure® 379; bis acylphosphine oxide (BAPO) UV photo initiators such as Ciba® Irgacure® 819, Ciba® Darocur® 4265, and Ciba® Darocur® TPO; alpha hydroxy ketone UV photo initiators such as Ciba® Irgacure® 184 and Ciba® Darocur® 1 173;

including photo initiators with or without sensitizers such as Ciba® Darocur® ITX (2-isopropyl thioxanthone). In some examples, the photoinitiator can be water-soluble or water-dispersible.

[0039] In a particular example, the photoinitiator can have the general formula:

where Ri to R4 are independently a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted alkyl, a substituted alkyl, an unsubstituted alkenyl, a substituted alkenyl, an unsubstituted aryl, a substituted aryl, an unsubstituted aralkyi, a substituted aralkyi, a halogen atom, -N02, -0-Rd, -CO-Rd, -CO-0-Rd, -0-CO-Rd, -CO-NRdRe, -NRdRe,

-NRd-CO-Re, -NRd-CO-0-Re, -NRd-CO-NReRf, -SRd, -SO-Rd, -S02-Rd,

-S02-0-Rd, -S02NRdRe, or a perfluoroalkyl group. Rd, Re, and Rf are

independently a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted alkyl, a substituted alkyl, an unsubstituted alkenyl, a substituted alkenyl, an unsubstituted aryl, a substituted aryl, an unsubstituted aralkyi, or a substituted aralkyi. X is selected from -0-, -S-, -NH-, and -NR-, where R is selected from CH3, CH2CH3, and CH2CH2CH3. R5 can be an organic group that includes a polyether chain.

[0040] In another particular example, the photoinitiator can have the general formula:

(XIX)

where to R5 are independently a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted alkyl, a substituted alkyl, an unsubstituted alkenyl, a substituted alkenyl, an

unsubstituted aryl, a substituted aryl, an unsubstituted aralkyl, a substituted aralkyl, a halogen atom, -N02, -0-Rd, -CO-Rd, -CO-0-Rd, -0-CO-Rd, -CO-NRdRe, -NRdRe, -NRd-CO-Re, -NRd-CO-0-Re, -NRd-CO-NReRf, -SRd, -SO-Rd, -S02-Rd, -S02-0-Rd, -S02NRdRe, or a perfluoroalkyl group. Rd, Re, and Rf are

independently a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted alkyi, a substituted alkyi, an unsubstituted alkenyl, a substituted alkenyl, an unsubstituted aryl, a substituted aryl, an unsubstituted aralkyl, or a substituted aralkyl. X is selected from -0-, -S-, -NH-, and -NR-, where R is selected from CH3, CH2CH3, and CH2CH2CH3. Y is selected from a bond, (CH2)q, and 0(CH2)q, where q is any integer from 1 to 100. R6 can be an organic group that includes a polyether chain.

[0041 ] Synergists can often be amines or alcohols. Non-limiting examples of synergists that can be used can include trimethylamine, triethanolamine, methyldiethanolamine, phenyldiethanolamine, Ν,Ν,Ν’,Ν’-tetra(hydroxylethyl)ethylenediamine, dimethylaminoethyl acrylate,

dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate, ethyl dimethylaminobenzoate, or a combination thereof. In some examples, the synergist can be water-soluble or water-dispersible.

[0042] In a particular example, the synergist can have a general formula selected from:

(XX),

where to R4 are independently a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted alkyl, a substituted alkyl, an unsubstituted alkenyl, a substituted alkenyl, an unsubstituted aryl, a substituted aryl, an unsubstituted aralkyi, a substituted aralkyi, a halogen atom, -N02, -0-Rd, -CO-Rd, -CO-0-Rd, -0-CO-Rd, -CO-NRdRe, -NRdRe,

-NRd-CO-Re, -NRd-CO-0-Re, -NRd-CO-NReRf, -SRd, -SO-Rd, -S02-Rd,

-S02-0-Rd, -S02NRdRe, or a perfluoroalkyl group. Rd, Re, and Rf are

independently a hydrogen atom, an unsubstituted alkyl, a substituted alkyl, an unsubstituted alkenyl, a substituted alkenyl, an unsubstituted aryl, a substituted aryl, an unsubstituted aralkyl, or a substituted aralkyl. The numbers m, n, and p are independently any integer from 0 to 200, provided that the sum of m, n, and p is at least 5. Y is selected from a bond, (CH2)q, and 0(CH2)q, where q is any integer from 1 to 100.

[0043]The UV-curable ink composition can be curable UV radiation, such as radiation produced by UV light emitting diodes (LEDs), UV fluorescent lamps, UV lasers, UV incandescent lamps, sunlight, and other UV radiation sources.

[0044]The colorant in the UV-curable ink composition can be a pigment, a dye, or a combination thereof. In some examples, the colorant can be present in an amount from 0.5 wt% to 10 wt% in the UV-curable ink composition. In one example, the colorant can be present in an amount from 1 wt% to 5 wt%. In another example, the colorant can be present in an amount from 5 wt% to 10 wt%.

[0045] In some examples, the colorant can be a dye. The dye can be nonionic, cationic, anionic, or a mixture of nonionic, cationic, and/or anionic dyes. Specific examples of dyes that can be used include, but are not limited to, Sulforhodamine B, Acid Blue 1 13, Acid Blue 29, Acid Red 4, Rose Bengal, Acid Yellow 17, Acid Yellow 29, Acid Yellow 42, Acridine Yellow G, Acid Yellow 23, Acid Blue 9, Nitro Blue Tetrazolium Chloride Monohydrate or Nitro BT,

Rhodamine 6G, Rhodamine 123, Rhodamine B, Rhodamine B Isocyanate, Safranine O, Azure B, and Azure B Eosinate, which are available from Sigma-Aldrich Chemical Company (St. Louis, Mo.). Examples of anionic, water-soluble dyes include, but are not limited to, Direct Yellow 132, Direct Blue 199, Magenta 377 (available from llford AG, Switzerland), alone or together with Acid Red 52. Examples of water-insoluble dyes include azo, xanthene, methine, polymethine, and anthraquinone dyes. Specific examples of water-insoluble dyes include Orasol® Blue GN, Orasol® Pink, and Orasol® Yellow dyes available from Ciba-Geigy Corp. Black dyes may include, but are not limited to, Direct Black 154, Direct Black 168, Fast Black 2, Direct Black 171 , Direct Black 19, Acid Black 1 , Acid Black 191 , Mobay Black SP, and Acid Black 2.

[0046] In other examples, the colorant can be a pigment. The pigment can be self-dispersed with a polymer, oligomer, or small molecule; or can be

dispersed with a separate dispersant. Suitable pigments include, but are not limited to, the following pigments available from BASF: Paliogen® Orange, Heliogen® Blue L 6901 F, Heliogen® Blue NBD 7010, Heliogen® Blue K 7090, Heliogen® Blue L 7101 F, Paliogen® Blue L 6470, Heliogen® Green K 8683, and Heliogen® Green L 9140. The following black pigments are available from Cabot: Monarch® 1400, Monarch® 1300, Monarch® 1 100, Monarch® 1000, Monarch® 900, Monarch® 880, Monarch® 800, and Monarch® 700. The following pigments are available from CIBA: Chromophtal® Yellow 3G, Chromophtal® Yellow GR, Chromophtal® Yellow 8G, Igrazin® Yellow 5GT, Igralite® Rubine 4BL,

Monastral® Magenta, Monastral® Scarlet, Monastral® Violet R, Monastral® Red B, and Monastral® Violet Maroon B. The following pigments are available from Degussa: Printex® U, Printex® V, Printex® 140U, Printex® 140V, Color Black FW 200, Color Black FW 2, Color Black FW 2V, Color Black FW 1 , Color Black FW 18, Color Black S 160, Color Black S 170, Special Black 6, Special Black 5, Special Black 4A, and Special Black 4. The following pigment is available from DuPont: Tipure® R-101 . The following pigments are available from Heubach: Dalamar® Yellow YT-858-D and Heucophthal Blue G XBT-583D. The following pigments are available from Clariant: Permanent Yellow GR, Permanent Yellow G, Permanent Yellow DHG, Permanent Yellow NCG-71 , Permanent Yellow GG, Hansa Yellow RA, Hansa Brilliant Yellow 5GX-02, Hansa Yellow-X, Novoperm® Yellow HR, Novoperm® Yellow FGL, Hansa Brilliant Yellow 10GX, Permanent Yellow G3R-01 , Hostaperm® Yellow H4G, Hostaperm® Yellow H3G,

Hostaperm® Orange GR, Hostaperm® Scarlet GO, and Permanent Rubine F6B. The following pigments are available from Mobay: Quindo® Magenta, Indofast® Brilliant Scarlet, Quindo® Red R6700, Quindo® Red R6713, and Indofast® Violet. The following pigments are available from Sun Chemical: L74-1357 Yellow, L75-1331 Yellow, and L75-2577 Yellow. The following pigments are available from Columbian: Raven® 7000, Raven® 5750, Raven® 5250, Raven® 5000, and Raven® 3500. The following pigment is available from Sun Chemical: LHD9303 Black. Any other pigment and/or dye can be used that is useful in modifying the color of the UV-curable ink composition. Additionally, the colorant can include a white pigment such as titanium dioxide, or other inorganic pigments such as zinc oxide and iron oxide.

[0047]The components of the UV-curable ink composition can be selected to give the composition good ink jetting performance. Besides the colorant, photoinitiator, and reactive polyurethane dispersion, the UV-curable ink composition can also include a liquid vehicle. Liquid vehicle formulations that can be used in the UV-curable ink composition can include water and one or more co-solvents present in total at from 1 wt% to 50 wt%, depending on the jetting architecture. Further, one or more non-ionic, cationic, and/or anionic surfactant can be present, ranging from 0.01 wt% to 20 wt% (if present). In one example, the surfactant can be present in an amount from 5 wt% to 20 wt%. The liquid vehicle can also include dispersants in an amount from 5 wt% to 20 wt%. The balance of the formulation can be purified water, or other vehicle components such as biocides, viscosity modifiers, materials for pH adjustment, sequestering agents, preservatives, and the like. In one example, the liquid vehicle can be predominantly water.

[0048] Classes of co-solvents that can be used can include organic co-solvents including aliphatic alcohols, aromatic alcohols, diols, glycol ethers, polyglycol ethers, caprolactams, formamides, acetamides, and long chain alcohols. Examples of such compounds include primary aliphatic alcohols, secondary aliphatic alcohols, 1 ,2-alcohols, 1 ,3-alcohols, 1 ,5-alcohols, ethylene glycol alkyl ethers, propylene glycol alkyl ethers, higher homologs (C6-C12) of polyethylene glycol alkyl ethers, N-alkyl caprolactams, unsubstituted

caprolactams, both substituted and unsubstituted formamides, both substituted and unsubstituted acetamides, and the like. Specific examples of solvents that can be used include, but are not limited to, 2-pyrrolidinone, N-methylpyrrolidone, 2-hydroxyethyl-2-pyrrolidone, 2-methyl-1 ,3-propanediol, tetraethylene glycol, 1 ,6-hexanediol, 1 ,5-hexanediol and 1 ,5-pentanediol.

[0049] In some examples, the UV-curable ink composition can include one or more curable solvents that can participate in UV-curing with the reactive polyurethane dispersion. Non-limiting examples of curable solvents that can be used can include hydroyethylacrylamide, N-vinyl imidazole, N-vinyl-N-methylacetamide, N-vinyl caprolactam, diethyleneglycol vinylether,

tetraethyleneglycol vinylether, diacetone acrylamide, sodium 2-acrylamide-2-methyl-1 -propane sulfonate, and others.

[0050] One or more surfactants can also be used, such as alkyl polyethylene oxides, alkyl phenyl polyethylene oxides, polyethylene oxide block copolymers, acetylenic polyethylene oxides, polyethylene oxide (di)esters, polyethylene oxide amines, protonated polyethylene oxide amines, protonated polyethylene oxide amides, dimethicone copolyols, substituted amine oxides, and the like. The amount of surfactant added to the composition may range from 0.01 wt% to 20 wt%. Suitable surfactants can include, but are not limited to, liponic esters such as Tergitol™ 15-S-12, Tergitol™ 15-S-7 available from Dow

Chemical Company, LEG-1 and LEG-7; Triton™ X-100; Triton™ X-405 available from Dow Chemical Company; LEG-1 , and sodium dodecylsulfate.

[0051 ] Various other additives can be employed to optimize the properties of the UV-curable ink composition for specific applications. Examples of these additives are those added to inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms. These additives may be biocides, fungicides, and other microbial agents. Examples of suitable microbial agents include, but are not limited to, NUOSEPT® (Nudex, Inc.), UCARCIDE™ (Union carbide Corp.), VANCIDE® (R.T. Vanderbilt Co.), PROXEL® (ICI America), or a combination thereof.

[0052] Sequestering agents, such as EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid), may be included to eliminate the deleterious effects of heavy metal impurities, and buffer solutions may be used to control the pH of the ink. From 0.01 wt% to 2 wt%, for example, can be used if present. Viscosity modifiers and buffers may also be present, as well as other additives to modify properties of the ink as desired. Such additives can be present at from 0.01 wt% to 20 wt% if present.

[0053]The UV-curable ink composition can be used to print on a broad selection of substrates including untreated plastics, flexible as well as rigid, porous substrates such as paper, cardboard, foam board, textile, and others. The composition can have a good adhesion on a variety of substrates. The composition can also have a good viscosity, enabling good printing performance in inkjet printing. In some examples, the UV-curable ink composition can be formulated for thermal inkjet printing.

[0054]The reactive polyurethane dispersions described herein can be formed by reacting appropriate monomers in an appropriate reaction sequence to form the polymer backbone and the capping units. In one example, a method of making the reactive polyurethane dispersion can include reacting a blend of two or more diisocyanates with a reactive diol to form a first pre-polymer. The reactive diol can be an acrylate-containing diol, a methacrylate-containing diol, or a combination thereof. The first pre-polymer can then be reacted with an acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol to form a second pre-polymer. The second pre-polymer can be reacted with an acid-containing amine to form a polymer strand. The polymer strand can then be dispersed in water to form the reactive polyurethane dispersion. The diisocyanates and reactive diols used to form the polymer backbone can be such that the polymer backbone is devoid of ionic stabilizing groups.

[0055] In one example, a polymer strand of the reactive polyurethane dispersion can be formed by following the reaction scheme shown in FIG. 1 . A blend of diisocyanates 1 and 2 can react with a reactive diol 3 to form a first pre-polymer 4. In these steps, R2 and R3 are different organic groups and R4 is an organic group containing an acrylate or methacrylate functional group. In a certain example, the diisocyanates and reactive diol can be reacted with excess diisocyanate so that each polymer strand is likely to have a polymerized diisocyanate at each end. Thus, the first pre-polymer can have an unreacted isocyanate group available at each end.

[0056]The first pre-polymer 4 can react with an acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol 5 to form a second pre-polymer 6.

represents an organic group including an acrylate or methacrylate group. The acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol can polymerize with one of the isocyanate groups at one end of the first pre-polymer. Specifically, the oxygen atom of the hydroxyl group of the monoalcohol can bond to the carbon atom of the isocyanate group. The hydrogen atom of the hydroxyl group becomes bonded to the nitrogen atom in the isocyanate group when this reaction occurs. Thus, one end of the first pre-polymer can be capped with an acrylate-containing or methacrylate-containing capping unit to form the second pre-polymer.

[0057]The second pre-polymer 6 can react with an acid-containing amine 7 such as an amino acid or taurine to form the final polymer strand 8. R5 represents an organic group including an acidic group. R6 represents hydrogen or an additional organic group. The nitrogen atom of the acid-containing amine can bond to the carbon atom of the isocyanate group. The hydrogen atom of the amine group becomes bonded to the nitrogen atom in the isocyanate group when this reaction occurs. Thus, the remaining end of the pre-polymer can be capped with an acid-containing amine.

[0058] FIG. 2 is a flowchart of another example of a method 200 of making a reactive polyurethane dispersion. The method includes reacting a blend of two or more diisocyanates with a reactive diol selected from an acrylate-containing diol, a methacrylate-containing diol, or combination thereof, to form a first pre-polymer 210; reacting the first pre-polymer with an acrylate-containing

monoalcohol or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol to form a second pre-polymer 220; reacting the second pre-polymer with an acid-containing amine to form a polymer strand 230; and dispersing the polymer strand in water to form the reactive polyurethane dispersion, wherein the blend of two or more diisocyanates and the reactive diol are devoid of ionic stabilizing groups 240.

[0059] In another example, a method of making a UV-curable ink composition can include making a reactive polyurethane dispersion as described above, and then adding a colorant and a photoinitiator to the reactive

polyurethane dispersion to form the UV-curable ink composition. Other ingredients of the UV-curable ink composition can also be added as described above.

[0060] It is to be understood that this disclosure is not limited to the particular process steps and materials disclosed herein because such process steps and materials may vary somewhat. It is also to be understood that the terminology used herein is used for the purpose of describing particular examples only. The terms are not intended to be limiting because the scope of the present disclosure is intended to be limited only by the appended claims and equivalents thereof.

[0061 ] It is noted that, as used in this specification and the appended claims, the singular forms “a,” “an,” and “the” include plural referents unless the context clearly dictates otherwise.

[0062] As used herein, “UV-curable” refers to compositions that can be cured by exposure to ultraviolet light from any UV source such as a mercury

vapor lamp, UV LED source, or the like. Mercury vapor lamps emit high intensity light at wavelengths from 240 nm to 270 nm and 350 nm to 380 nm. “LED curable” refers to compositions that can be cured either by ultraviolet light from an ultraviolet LED. Ultraviolet LEDs emit light at specific wavelengths. For example, ultraviolet LEDs are available at 365 nm and 395 nm wavelengths, among others.

[0063]As used herein, “liquid vehicle” or “ink vehicle” refers to a liquid fluid in which colorant is placed to form an ink. A wide variety of ink vehicles may be used with the systems and methods of the present disclosure. Such ink vehicles may include a mixture of a variety of different agents, including, surfactants, solvents, co-solvents, anti-kogation agents, buffers, biocides, sequestering agents, viscosity modifiers, surface- active agents, water, etc.

[0064]As used herein, “colorant” can include dyes and/or pigments.

[0065]As used herein, “dye” refers to compounds or molecules that absorb electromagnetic radiation or certain wavelengths thereof. Dyes can impart a visible color to an ink if the dyes absorb wavelengths in the visible spectrum.

[0066] As used herein, “pigment” generally includes pigment colorants, magnetic particles, aluminas, silicas, and/or other ceramics, organo-metallics or other opaque particles, whether or not such particulates impart color. Thus, though the present description primarily exemplifies the use of pigment colorants, the term “pigment” can be used more generally to describe not only pigment colorants, but other pigments such as organometallics, ferrites, ceramics, etc. In one specific example, however, the pigment is a pigment colorant.

[0067]As used herein, “ink-jetting” or “jetting” refers to compositions that are ejected from jetting architecture, such as ink-jet architecture. Ink-jet architecture can include thermal or piezo architecture. Additionally, such architecture can be configured to print varying drop sizes such as less than 10 picoliters, less than 20 picoliters, less than 30 picoliters, less than 40 picoliters, less than 50 picoliters, etc.

[0068] As used herein, the term “substantial” or “substantially” when used in reference to a quantity or amount of a material, or a specific characteristic thereof, refers to an amount that is sufficient to provide an effect that the material or characteristic was intended to provide. The exact degree of deviation allowable may in some cases depend on the specific context.

[0069]As used herein, the term “about” is used to provide flexibility to a numerical range endpoint by providing that a given value may be “a little above” or “a little below” the endpoint. The degree of flexibility of this term can be dictated by the particular variable and determined based on the associated description herein.

[0070]As used herein, a plurality of items, structural elements,

compositional elements, and/or materials may be presented in a common list for convenience. However, these lists should be construed as though each member of the list is individually identified as a separate and unique member. Thus, no individual member of such list should be construed as a de facto equivalent of any other member of the same list solely based on their presentation in a common group without indications to the contrary.

[0071 ] Concentrations, amounts, and other numerical data may be expressed or presented herein in a range format. It is to be understood that such a range format is used merely for convenience and brevity and thus should be interpreted flexibly to include not only the numerical values explicitly recited as the limits of the range, but also to include individual numerical values or subranges encompassed within that range as if each numerical value and sub-range is explicitly recited. As an illustration, a numerical range of “about 1 wt% to about 5 wt%” should be interpreted to include not only the explicitly recited values of about 1 wt% to about 5 wt%, but also include individual values and sub-ranges within the indicated range. Thus, included in this numerical range are individual values such as 2, 3.5, and 4 and sub-ranges such as from 1 -3, from 2-4, and from 3-5, etc. This same principle applies to ranges reciting only one numerical value. Furthermore, such an interpretation should apply regardless of the breadth of the range or the characteristics being described.

EXAMPLES

[0072]The following illustrates several examples of the present disclosure. However, it is to be understood that the following are only illustrative of the application of the principles of the present disclosure. Numerous modifications and alternative compositions, methods, and systems may be devised without departing from the spirit and scope of the present disclosure. The appended claims are intended to cover such modifications and arrangements.

Example 1 – Synthesis of PUD 3

[0073]A reactive polyurethane dispersion (PUD 3) was synthesized using the following procedure. 27.874 g of g of DA 252 acrylated diol (Formula (III), shown above), 0.279 g of 4-methoxyphenol (MEHQ), 1 1 .043 g of 4,4′-methylene dicyclohexyl diisocyanate (H12MDI) and 20.061 g of hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI), and 30 g of acetone were mixed in a 500 ml of 4-neck round bottom flask. A mechanical stirrer with glass rod and Teflon blade was attached. A condenser was attached. The flask was immersed in a constant temperature bath at 60 °C. The system was kept under a drying tube. 3 drops of dibutyltin dilaurate

(DBTDL) was added to initiate the polymerization. Polymerization continued for 3 hrs at 60 °C. A 0.5 g sample was withdrawn for wt% NCO titration to confirm the reaction. The measured NCO value was 14.25 wt%. Theoretical wt% NCO was 14.99%. 32.506 g of HPBMA (Formula (XV)), 0.325 g of MEHQ, and 19 g of acetone were mixed in a beaker and added to the reactor over 30 sec. 9 g of acetone was used to rinse off the residual monomers on the beaker and added to the reactor. The polymerization was continued 3 hours at 60 °C. 0.5 g of pre-polymer was withdrawn for final wt% NCO titration. The measured NCO value was 3.00 wt%. The theoretical wt% NCO was 3.12%. The polymerization temperature was reduced to 40 °C. 8.517 g of taurine, 5.716 g of 50 wt% NaOH, and 42.584 g of deionized water are mixed in a beaker until taurine is completely dissolved. The taurine solution was added to the pre-polymer solution at 40 °C with vigorous stirring over 1 -3 mins. The solution became viscous and slight hazy. Stirring continued for 30 mins at 40 °C. The mixture became clear and viscous after 15-20 mins at 40 °C. 175.154 g of cold deionized water was added to the polymer mixture in a 4-neck round bottom flask over 1 -3 mins with good agitation to form a PUD dispersion. The agitation was continued for 60 mins at 40 °C. The PUD dispersion was filtered through a 400 mesh stainless sieve. Acetone was removed with rotorvap at 50 °C (adding 2 drops (20mg) BYK-01 1 de-foaming agent if there was excessive foaming). The final PUD dispersion was filtered through fiber glass filter paper. Particle size measured by Malvern Zetasizer was 78 nm. The pH was 6.5. Solid content was 30.19 wt%. The ink made using this PUD had around 0.5 unit of pH drop after 1 week of ASL.

Example 4 – Compositions of additional PUDs

[0074]A series of the reactive polyurethane dispersions were synthesized, including the polyurethane dispersion of Example 1 . The dispersions were synthesized using similar procedures as described in Example 1 . The

compositions of the dispersions are shown in Table 1 .

Table 1

[0075] In Table 1 , PUD # is the number designating the reactive polyurethane dispersion; H 12MDI is the weight percent of 4,4′-Methylene dicyclohexyl diisocyanate used to form the polyurethane dispersion, based on the total weight of monomers reacted to form the polyurethane dispersion; HDI is the weight percent of hexamethylene diisocyanate; DA 252 is the weight percent of DA 252; HPBMA is the weight percent of HPBMA; and Taurine is the weight percent of taurine.

[0076]Several properties of these reactive polyurethane dispersions are shown in Table 2.

Table 2

PUD # Particle Acid Double PH NCO/OH size (nm) Number bond ratio density

1 77.6 36.8 3.8 7.0 2.9

2 80.9 37.4 3.9 7.0 2.9

3 77.8 38.2 4.0 6.5 2.9

4 182.0 39.0 4.1 6.5 2.9

[0077] In Table 2, particle size refers to the average diameter of the particles in nanometers. Acid number, double bond density, and NCO/OH ratio are as defined above.

Example 5 – UV-curable ink compositions

[0078] UV-curable ink compositions were formed using the reactive polyurethane dispersions shown in Table 1 . The UV-curable ink compositions had the following composition: 10.00 wt% reactive polyurethane dispersion; 0.80 wt% Surfynol® CT-21 1 (Air Products); 0.50 wt% DX-4000™ (Dynax); 0.50 wt% TPO Na 2029-29-1 ; 0.25 wt% Irgacure® 2959 (Ciba); 0.25 wt% 2-Methoxypolyethyleneglycol-9 H-Thioxanthen-9-one (M-TX-PEG-350); 0.20 wt% Irgacure® 819 (Ciba); 4.00% magenta pigment; balance water. Each ink was put down on vinyl media by drawdown with a 12 micron wet film thickness. The film was dried by heat gun for 60 seconds (to about 60 °C on the surface) and then cured by ARC lamp (80% UV) at a speed of 100 ft/min.

[0079]After curing, the ink films were subjected to following tests: a) Eraser Rub: rub with a pencil eraser 10 times with 250 g of weight applied; b) Windex Rub: rub with Crockmeter Test Cloth and Windex® cleaning solution 5 times with 250 g of weight applied; c) Wet Rub: rub once with Crockmeter Test Cloth and water with no applied weight; d) 70 vol% I PA Rub: rub 5 times with Crockmeter Test Cloth and 70 vol% isopropyl alcohol with 250 g of weight applied; e) Paper Clip: scratch film with paper clip; f) Tape Adhesion: apply Scotch® tape and then remove. All of the tests are scored from 0.0 to 5.0 with 0.0 being the best score and 5.0 being the worst score. The durability results of tests a) through e) are reported for each PUD in Table 3 below.

Table 3

[0080]Table 4 shows ASL stability of the inks based on PUD’s 1-4.

Specifically, Table 4 shows the percent change in viscosity at 25 °C, percent change in particle size, and change in pH after 1 week of accelerated shelf life (ASL). The ASL conditions are storage in a container open to the air at 50°C.

Table 4

[0081 ] The durability of PUD 3 was improved by adding a crosslinker Jeffamine® 900 diacrylamide (JA-900-DA). Table 5 shows durability test results for uncured PUD 3 ink, cured PUD 3 ink, uncured PUD 3 ink with the crosslinker, and cured PUD 3 ink with the crosslinker.

Table 5

PUD # JA-900- Cured? Eraser Windex Water Paper

DA (wt%) Rub Rub Rub Clip

3 0 No 5 4 4 5

3 0 Yes 2 0.5 0.5 5

3 7 No 5 4 4 5

3 7 Yes 1 1 1 2

[0082]The ink containing PUD 3 with and without the crosslinker JA-900- DA was tested for tape adhesion on a variety of plastic media. The tape adhesion results are shown in Table 6.

Table 6

[0083]While the present technology has been described with reference to certain examples, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various

modifications, changes, omissions, and substitutions can be made without departing from the spirit of the disclosure. It is intended, therefore, that the disclosure be limited only by the scope of the following claims.

CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1 . A reactive polyurethane dispersion, comprising:

a polymer strand comprising a polymer backbone having two ends terminating at a first capping unit and a second capping unit, wherein the polymer backbone comprises polymerized monomers including:

a reactive diol selected from an acrylate-containing diol, a methacrylate-containing diol, or a combination thereof, and

a blend of two or more diisocyanates;

wherein the first capping unit is an acrylate-containing monoalcohol or a methacrylate-containing monoalcohol reacted with an isocyanate group of the diisocyanates;

wherein the second capping unit is an ionic stabilizing group; and wherein the polymer backbone is devoid of ionic stabilizing groups.

2. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 1 , wherein the reactive polyurethane dispersion has a NCO/OH molar ratio of 1 .2 to 10.

3. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 1 , wherein the reactive polyurethane dispersion has an acid number of 20 to 100.

4. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 1 , wherein the reactive polyurethane dispersion has a double bond density of 1 .5 to 10.

5. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 1 , wherein the two or more diisocyanates are selected from:

NCO

6. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 1 , wherein the reactive diol is selected from:

or a combination thereof.

7. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 1 , wherein the acrylate- containing monoalcohol or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol is selected from:

or a combination thereof.

8. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 1 , wherein the reactive polyurethane dispersion is an ink further comprising a colorant and a

photoinitiator.

9. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 1 , wherein the reactive diol is

and the blend of two or more diisocyanates is a blend of

10. A reactive polyurethane dispersion, comprising:

a polymer strand comprising a polymer backbone having two ends terminating at a first capping unit and a second capping unit, wherein the polymer backbone comprises polymerized monomers including:

a blend of two or more diisocyanates; and

a reactive diol selected from:

or a combination thereof;

wherein the first capping unit is an acrylate-containing monoalcohol or a methacrylate-containing monoalcohol reacted with an isocyanate group of the diisocyanates, and

wherein the second capping unit is an ionic stabilizing group.

1 1 . The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 10, wherein the two or more diisocyanates are selected from:

12. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 10, wherein the acrylate-containing monoalcohol or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol is selected from:


,

or a combination thereof.

13. The reactive polyurethane dispersion of claim 10, wherein the reactive polyurethane dispersion is a UV-curable ink composition further comprising a colorant and a photoinitiator.

14. A method of making a reactive polyurethane dispersion, comprising: reacting a blend of two or more diisocyanates with a reactive diol selected from an acrylate-containing diol, a methacrylate-containing diol, or combination thereof, to form a first pre-polymer;

reacting the first pre-polymer with an acrylate-containing monoalcohol or methacrylate-containing monoalcohol to form a second pre-polymer;

reacting the second pre-polymer with an acid-containing amine to form a polymer strand; and

dispersing the polymer strand in water to form the reactive polyurethane dispersion, wherein the blend of two or more diisocyanates and the reactive diol are devoid of ionic stabilizing groups.

15. The method of claim 14, further comprising adding a colorant and a photoinitiator to the reactive polyurethane dispersion to form a UV-curable ink composition.

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