The orientation of cylinder-forming poly(styrene-block-methyl methacrylate) [P(S-b-MMA)] was investigated on two sets of polymeric surface treatments: 10 para-substituted polystyrene derivatives with <10 mol % poly(4-vinylbenzyl azide) and a series of poly(styrene-random-4-vinylbenzyl azide) [P(S-r-VBzAz)] copolymers with 5-100 mol % poly(4-vinylbenzyl azide). The copolymers were spin-coated to form thin films and then cross-linked by heating. The resulting films exhibited a range of surface tensions from 21 to 45 dyn/cm. Perpendicular orientation of P(S-b-MMA) cylinders was achieved with poly(p-bromostyrene) and all the [P(S-r-VBzAz)] copolymer surface treatments, most notably the homopolymer of poly(4-vinylbenzyl azide). Films made from these simple copolymers are as effective as random terpolymer alignment layers commonly made from both block monomers and a cross-linkable monomer.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2011|