Vapor and liquid sorption in matrimid polyimide: Experimental characterization and modeling

M. Minelli, G. Cocchi, L. Ansaloni, M.G. Baschetti, M.G. De Angelis, F. Doghieri

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The sorption of organic vapors of different chemical nature, molecular weight and polarity in glassy Matrimid 5218 polyimide films is measured and modeled in the entire activity range up to saturated vapor conditions. Experimental isotherms show several different peculiarities according to the nature of the solute component, consistent with the glassy character of the polymeric matrix. These features range from high vapor solubility coefficient at infinite dilution to swelling and plasticization of the polymer matrix depending on temperature and solute affinity. The various behaviors are then discussed by means of a thermodynamic model for properties of glassy polymeric phases. Indeed, the Non-Equilibrium Lattice Fluid (NELF) model is used to interpret the Vapor-Liquid-Equilibrium below Tg, while the corresponding equilibrium Lattice Fluid model was considered to the same purpose for the case of plasticization conditions in the system. This representation is able to describe consistently all different observed features and allows for a predictive procedure to reproduce solubility isotherms over a wide activity range. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8936-8945
Number of pages10
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Experimental characterization
  • Infinite dilution
  • Lattice fluid model
  • Liquid sorption
  • Polymeric matrices
  • Polymeric phasis
  • Solubility isotherm
  • Thermodynamic model
  • Glass
  • Isotherms
  • Liquids
  • Polyimides
  • Polymeric films
  • Solubility
  • Vapors

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