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.
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