3D Printing All-Aromatic Polyimides Using Stereolithographic 3D Printing of Polyamic Acid Salts

Jana Herzberger, Viswanath Meenakshisundaram, Christopher B. Williams, Timothy Edward Long

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Polyamic acid (PAA) salts are amenable to photocuring additive manufacturing processes of all-aromatic polyimides. Due to an all-aromatic structure, these high-performance polymers are exceptionally chemically and thermally stable but are not conventionally processable in their imidized form. The facile addition of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) to commercially available poly(4,4′-oxydiphenylene pyromellitamic acid) (PMDA-ODA PAA) afforded ultraviolet curable PAA salt solutions. These readily prepared solutions do not require multistep synthesis, exhibited fast gel times (<5 s), and rendered high G′ gel-state moduli. Vat photopolymerization 3D printing afforded self-supporting organogels. Subsequent thermal treatment rendered the cross-linked PAA precursor to all-aromatic PMDA-ODA polyimide. This fast and facile strategy makes PMDA-ODA polyimides accessible in three dimensions and offers impact on aerospace or automotive technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-497
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 17
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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