Novomer is developing a large family of SustainolTM polyols. The unique Novomer chemistry allows us to use a variety of starting materials to produce polyester, polyether, and block co-polymer polyols. Our initial polyol products are targeted for the flexible and rigid foam markets as well as the traditional CASE markets. 

Polyols are compounds containing multiple hydroxyl (OH) groups.

chemical in flaskPolyols play a key role in the production of polyurethanes. Traditionally, polyurethane products are obtained through reacting an isocyanate and a polyol in the presence of catalysts. This reaction forms repeating urethane groups or polyurethanes. The performance characteristics of polyurethanes are sometimes modified with a variety of additives, to increase, for example, strength, rigidity, or flexibility.

How They are Used

Polyurethanes have a wide variety of applications and are commonly found in rigid and flexible foams, adhesives, elastomers, and high-performance paints and coatings. Flexible foams are commonly used by furniture and automotive manufacturers, while rigid foams are widely used for insulation, appearing in the building and refrigeration industries. Polyurethanes are found in elastomers, adhesives, and coatings.


Polyether polyols (PETP) are most often used in polyurethane synthesis, replacing polyester polyols (PEP) which were first used in commercial polyurethanes. PETP’s are typically less expensive than PEPs. Polyurethanes developed from PETP tend to have high moisture permeability and low glass transition temperatures. PETP polyurethanes work well in coating and paint applications. Another form of PETP, acrylated polyols (ACP), have useful thermal properties, and certain characteristics of acrylics. The characteristics of polyols, such as molecular mass, number of hydroxyl groups, and molecular structure, affect cross linking of molecules in developing polyurethanes. This has a significant effect on the working properties of the final product.

Novomer polyols, produced from plant-based or renewable raw materials, have less environmental impact and require less energy than conventional counterparts.

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Our Family of Sustainable Chemical Products

Acrylic Acid

Novomer has developed a cost-competitive, sustainable route to make acrylic acid and acrylate esters.


Polypropiolactone (PPL) is a biodegradable polymer with attractive mechanical and physical properties suitable for packaging and thermoplastic applications.


SustainolTM polyols play a key role in the production of polyurethane products. 

Future Products


BiocyanateTM, Novomer’s family of isocyanates, can be used in a diverse set of applications, primarily in the production of polyurethane products.

Succinic Anhydride and Succinic Acid

Succinic anhydride can be used in a variety of applications such as butanediol, polyurethane, tetrahydrofuran, and more. Succinic acid can be used to make a variety of polymers.