Synthesis and dielectric properties of polyimide-chain-end tethered polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane nanocomposites

Chyi Ming Leu, G. Mahesh Reddy, Kung-Hwa Wei*, Ching Fong Shu

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Abstract

Nanoporous polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) containing amine groups (NH2-POSS) were reacted with poly(amic acid) having anhydride end groups to form porous POSS/polyimide nanocomposites. The van der Waals interaction between tethered POSS molecules is incompatible with the polar-polar interaction of imide segments, resulting in a self-assembled system of zigzag shaped cylinders or lamellas about 60 nm long and 5 nm wide, as determined by transmission electron microscopy. The incorporation of 2.5 mol % nanoporous POSS results in a reduction of the dielectric constant of the polyimide nanocomposite from 3.40 for the pure polyimide to 3.09 without any degradation in mechanical strength.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2261-2265
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry of Materials
Volume15
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Jun 2003

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