Redox-active polyimides for energy conversion and storage: from synthesis to application

Taehyung Kim, Jiyoung Lee, Namhee Kim, Sujin Lee, Minsu Gu, Byeong Su Kim

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As the demand for next-generation electronics is increasing, organic and polymer-based semiconductors are in the spotlight as suitable materials owing to their tailorable structures along with flexible properties. Especially, polyimide (PI) has been widely utilised in electronics because of its outstanding mechanical and thermal properties and chemical resistance originating from its crystallinity, conjugated structure and π-π interactions. PI has recently been receiving more attention in the energy storage and conversion fields due to its unique redox activity and charge transfer complex structure. In this review, we focus on the design of PI structures with improved electrochemical and photocatalytic activities for use as redox-active materials in photo- and electrocatalysts, batteries and supercapacitors. We anticipate that this review will offer insight into the utilisation of redox-active PI-based polymeric materials for the development of future electronics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-169
Number of pages17
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov 30

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2021M3H4A1A04092882 and NRF-2022R1F1A1074498).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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