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Polymers 2017, 9(12), 677;

The Preparations and Water Vapor Barrier Properties of Polyimide Films Containing Amide Moieties

PCFM Lab, GD HPPC Lab, Guangdong Engineering Technology Research Centre for High-performance Organic and Polymer Photoelectric Functional Films, State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Chemistry, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
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Received: 23 September 2017 / Revised: 23 November 2017 / Accepted: 29 November 2017 / Published: 5 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue High Performance Polymers)
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Flexible displays are a systematic revolution in the field of display, in which high-performance and high-barrier polymer substrates are considered to be one of the most important key materials. In this work, high water vapor barrier polyimides containing amide moieties were synthesized via the ternary polymerization of 4,4′-diaminobenzailide (DABA), 4,4′-diaminodipheny ether (ODA), and 3,3′,4,4′-biphenyl-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (BPDA) followed by thermal imidization. The relationship between the content of amide moieties and the water vapor barrier property of the prepared polyimides was studied by means of density test, water absorbing test, water contact angle test, water vapor permeation test, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), thermogravimetry coupled with fourier transform infrared spectrometry (TG-FTIR), wide-angle X-ray diffraction analysis (WXRD), mechanical performance test, etc. The results show that the introduction of amide groups into polyimide (PI) main chains can improve the water vapor barrier properties of the polyimides effectively. The water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) of the polyimide films can be improved from 8.2365 g·(m2·24 h)−1 to 0.8670 g·(m2·24 h)−1 with the increasing content of amide moieties. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyimides; water vapor barrier property; amide moieties; “locking water” effect polyimides; water vapor barrier property; amide moieties; “locking water” effect

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Zhang, K.; Yu, Q.; Zhu, L.; Liu, S.; Chi, Z.; Chen, X.; Zhang, Y.; Xu, J. The Preparations and Water Vapor Barrier Properties of Polyimide Films Containing Amide Moieties. Polymers 2017, 9, 677.

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