Chapter 7. Polyimides

7.1. Background

This chapter covers a series of plastics of which the imide group is an important part of the molecule. The imide group is formed by a condensation reaction of an aromatic anhydride group with an aromatic amine as shown in Figure 7.1.
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Figure 7.1
Reaction of amine with anhydride to form an imide.
This group is very thermally stable. Aliphatic imides are possible, but the thermal stability is reduced, and thermal stability is one of the main reasons to use an imide type polymer.

7.1.1. Polyetherimide

Polyetherimide (PEI) is an amorphous engineering thermoplastic. Thermoplastic PEIs provide the strength, heat resistance, ...

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