Polymeric bicontinuous microemulsions

Frank S. Bates, Wayne W. Maurer, Paul M. Lipic, Marc A. Hillmyer, Kristoffer Almdal, Kell Mortensen, Glenn H. Fredrickson, Timothy P. Lodge

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High molecular weight block copolymers can be viewed as macromolecular surfactants when blended with thermodynamically incompatible homopolymers. This Letter describes the formation of polymeric bicontinuous microemulsions in mixtures containing a model diblock copolymer and two homopolymers. Although we attribute development of this equilibrium morphology to the effects of fluctuations, mean-field theory provides a quantitative strategy for preparing the bicontinuous state at blend compositions near an isotropic Lifshitz point.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)849-852
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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