A15, σ, and a Quasicrystal: Access to Complex Particle Packings via Bidisperse Diblock Copolymer Blends

Aaron P. Lindsay, Ronald M. Lewis, Bongjoon Lee, Austin J. Peterson, Timothy P. Lodge, Frank S. Bates

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A renewed focus on the phase behavior of nominally single-component, compositionally asymmetric diblock copolymers has revealed a host of previously unanticipated Frank-Kasper (FK) and quasicrystalline phases. However, these periodic and aperiodic particle packings have thus far only been reported in low molecular weight, highly conformationally asymmetric diblock copolymers, leaving researchers with a relatively small library of polymers in which these phases can be studied. In this work, we report on a simple approach to access these morphologies: blending two diblock copolymers with the same corona block length and varied core block lengths. Compositionally symmetric and asymmetric polystyrene-b-1,4-polybutadiene (SB) diblock copolymers with constant corona block lengths were blended together and shown via small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy to order into the FK A15 and σ phases, as well as a dodecagonal quasicrystal, providing a route to various particle packings in high molecular weight diblock copolymer melts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-203
Number of pages7
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2020

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Support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DMR-1801993 as well as the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship under Grant No. 00039202. SAXS experiments were conducted at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Sector 5 (DuPont-Northwestern-Dow Collaborative Access Team, DND-CAT). DND-CAT is supported by E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., The Dow Chemical Company, and Northwestern University. Use of the APS, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory, was supported by the U.S. DOE under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. SAXS data was collected using an instrument funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0960140. Parts of this work were carried out in the Characterization Facility at the University of Minnesota, which receives partial support from the NSF through the MRSEC program (DMR-1420013).

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