• microwave irradiation;
  • polyimides;
  • polycondensation


The microwave assisted polycondensation of two polyimides were studied using pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA), and 4,4′-(hexafluoroisopropyliden)diphthalic anhydride (6FDA) as dianhydride monomers and 2,4,6-trimethyl-m-phenylenediamine (TrmPD), as diamine monomer, under microwave irradiation in DMF and DMSO solvents. The structure and performance of polymers were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), viscosity, density, and Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). The results show that the polyimides can be obtained in a short reaction time with high intrinsic viscosity and high yield. The effect of the presence of a bridging group, [BOND]C(CF3)2[BOND], in the monomer structure is apparent in the permeability parameters of the macromolecules as polymer (6FDA-TrmPD) always presents better results than polymer (PMDA-TrmPD). Properties as density and Tg increases with the time exposition to the microwave irradiation. Polyimides obtained present good thermal properties because they began to lose weight in a range of 8–16% at high temperature as 450°C. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010