Original Article

Subject Category: Supramolecular Polymers

Polymer Journal (2013) 45, 839–844; doi:10.1038/pj.2012.222; published online 12 December 2012

Preparation of novel polyimide hybrid materials by multi-layered charge-transfer complex formation

Ryohei Watari1, Masamichi Nishihara2, Hiroo Tajiri3, Hideyuki Otsuka1,4 and Atsushi Takahara1,2,4

  1. 1Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
  2. 2World Premier International Research Center Initiative, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
  3. 3Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI/SPring-8), Hyogo, Japan
  4. 4Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Correspondence: Professor A Takahara, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan. E-mail: takahara@cstf.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Received 19 September 2012; Revised 25 October 2012; Accepted 28 October 2012
Advance online publication 12 December 2012



A versatile method for the post-modification of sulfonated polyimides by charge-transfer (CT) complex formation between electron-deficient naphthalenediimide units in polyimide and electron-rich dihydroxynaphthalene was developed. CT complex hybrid films whose physicochemical properties, such as mechanical strength, differed from those of the original polyimide films were successfully fabricated.


CT complex; molecular aggregation structure; physical properties; polyimide