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Title: Polymers of intrinsic microporosity : synthesis and applications in inkjet technology and electroless copper deposition
Author: Malandraki , Andromachi
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis describes the preparation of the polymer of intrinsic microporosity PIM-7 by heterogeneous polymerisation and explores its application in the fields of electro less copper deposition and inkjet technology. The effect of polymerisation conditions (such as the concentration and ratio of the monomers, the presence of base and co-catalyst and the duration of polymerisation) on polymer molar mass was explored. The results were compared with the respective ones in the case of PIM-l. Further, the possibility of using PIMs, loaded with Pd2+, as catalysts of electroless copper deposition was examined. The efficiency of the type of PIM used, type and concentration of palladium salt, duration of palladium loading, reduction step, and duration of metallization were examined, aiming at achieving a nice copper deposit in the minimum time. The rheology of PIMs was briefly explored in order to determine their intrinsic viscosity and response to shear strain. Both experiments showed that PIMs behave differently from most polymers due to their stiff and bended chain structure and its inability to change conformations. Finally, solutions of PIMs in a non-volatile solvent were used as inks for inkjet printing. The effect of molar mass and concentration of the polymer, as well as the effect of the pulse voltage and frequency on the drop formation, ligament length and ligament lifetime were determined.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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