Title

Photodegradation of Polyimides .1. A Spectral, Viscometric, Chromatographic, and Weight-Loss Investigation of Polyimides Based on a Hexafluorinated Dianhydride

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-5-1991

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

The photodegradation of aromatic-dianhydride-based polyimide films in air with hexafluorinated groups in the dianhydride moiety is characterized by significant weight loss and chain cleavage. A conventional polyimide film based on pyromellitic dianhydride yields little decomposition under similar conditions of photolysis. Emission changes on photolysis of polyimide solutions demonstrate an efficient rearrangement to yield a highly fluorescent species which can be used as an effective tool for following the degradation process.

Publication Title

Journal of Applied Polymer Science

Volume

43

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

10