A new polymer, poly(3,4-bis(phenylethynyl)styrene), has been synthesized th
at undergoes a Bergman reaction upon heating to yield a highly aromatic mat
erial. The occurrence of the cycloaromatization reaction is characterized t
hrough thermal analysis and absorption spectroscopy. The plasma etch resist
ance of the polymer has been measured by reactive ion etching (RIE) in sulf
ur hexafluoride and oxygen plasmas and is shown to be superior to other con
ventional organic plasma etch barriers.