Title

Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Aromatic Polyimides from 4,4-Bis(p-Aminophenoxymethyl)-1-Cyclohexene

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-15-1999

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

A novel diamine, 4,4-bis(p-aminophenoxymethyl)-1-cyclohex (CHEDA), was synthesized from 4,4-bis(hydroxymethyl)-1-cyclohexene and p-chloronitrobenzene by nucleophilic aromatic substitution and subsequent catalytic reduction of the intermediate dinitro compound. A series of aromatic polyimides were prepared from CHEDA and commercial dianhydrides with varying flexibility and electronic character in two-step direct polycondensation reactions. High molecular weight polyimides with intrinsic viscosities between 0.57 and 10.2 dL/g were obtained. Most of these polyimides, excluding those from PMDA and BPDA, were soluble in polar aprotic solvents such as NMP and DMAc, and many were also soluble in CHCl3 and THF. DSC analysis revealed glass transitions in the range of 190 to 250 degrees C. No significant weight losses occurred below 450 degrees C in nitrogen and 350 degrees C in air. Bromination and epoxidation of cyclohexene double bond in CHDEA-6FDA (3e) were investigated as examples of possible polymer modifications. Qualitative epoxidation and selective bromination of the double bond were demonstated. (C) 1999 John Wiley C Sons, Inc.

Publication Title

Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

Volume

37

Issue

8

First Page

1189

Last Page

1197