TY - JOUR

T1 - Conformationally asymmetric block copolymers

AU - Matsen, M. W.

AU - Bates, F. S.

PY - 1997/4/30

Y1 - 1997/4/30

N2 - The standard parameters controlling AB diblock copolymer phase behavior are χN and fA, where χ is an A-B segment interaction parameter, N is the overall degree of polymerization, and fA is the volume fraction of the A block. Recently, it has been recognized that the ratio of the A and B statistical segment lengths aA/aB also represents another important parameter. Here, we theoretically examine the effects of this latter parameter on the phase behavior using the standard Gaussian chain model. Calculations are performed using both self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and strong segregation theory (SST). The ratio aA/aB is shown to have strong effects on order-order phase boundaries. Furthermore, it significantly affects the relative stability of the complex phases. In particular, it enhances the metastability of the perforated lamellar phase and may actually cause it to become an equilibrium structure. We also illustrate that varying aAlaB produces large changes in the relative domain spacings at order-order phase boundaries, which could strongly affect the kinetics of these transitions.

AB - The standard parameters controlling AB diblock copolymer phase behavior are χN and fA, where χ is an A-B segment interaction parameter, N is the overall degree of polymerization, and fA is the volume fraction of the A block. Recently, it has been recognized that the ratio of the A and B statistical segment lengths aA/aB also represents another important parameter. Here, we theoretically examine the effects of this latter parameter on the phase behavior using the standard Gaussian chain model. Calculations are performed using both self-consistent field theory (SCFT) and strong segregation theory (SST). The ratio aA/aB is shown to have strong effects on order-order phase boundaries. Furthermore, it significantly affects the relative stability of the complex phases. In particular, it enhances the metastability of the perforated lamellar phase and may actually cause it to become an equilibrium structure. We also illustrate that varying aAlaB produces large changes in the relative domain spacings at order-order phase boundaries, which could strongly affect the kinetics of these transitions.

KW - Block copolymers

KW - Complex phases

KW - Conformational asymmetry

KW - Microstructures

KW - Self-consistent field theory

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U2 - 10.1002/(SICI)1099-0488(19970430)35:6<945::AID-POLB9>3.0.CO;2-G

DO - 10.1002/(SICI)1099-0488(19970430)35:6<945::AID-POLB9>3.0.CO;2-G

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:0031118540

SN - 0887-6266

VL - 35

SP - 945

EP - 952

JO - Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Letters Edition

JF - Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Letters Edition

IS - 6

ER -