MRS Spring Meeting 1995
Conference paper

Polyimide nanofoams for low dielectric applications

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Foamed polyimides have been developed in order to obtain thin film dielectric layers with very low dielectric constants for use in microelectronic devices. In these systems the pore sizes are in the nanometer range, thus, the term `nanofoam'. The polyimide foams are prepared from block copolymers consisting of thermally stable and thermally labile blocks, the latter being the dispersed phase. Foam formation is effected by thermolysis of the thermally labile block leaving pores the size and shape corresponding to the initial copolymer morphology. Nanofoams prepared from a number of polyimides as matrix materials, were investigated as well as a number of thermally labile polymers. The foams were characterized by a variety of experiments including, TEM, SAXS, WAXD, DMTA, density measurements, refractive index measurements and dielectric constant measurements. Thin film foams, with high thermal stability and dielectric constants approaching 2.0, can be prepared using the copolymer/nanofoam approach.