Thermoreversible, Epitaxial [Formula presented] Transitions in Block Copolymer Solutions

Joona Bang, Timothy P. Lodge, Xiaohui Wang, Kristin L. Brinker, Wesley R. Burghardt

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Uncharged block copolymer micelles display thermoreversible transitions between close-packed and bcc lattices for a range of concentration, solvent selectivity, and copolymer composition. Using small-angle x-ray scattering on shear-oriented solutions, highly aligned fcc crystals are seen to transform epitaxially to bcc crystals, with fcc/bcc orientational relationships that are well established in martensitic transformations in metals. The transition is driven by decreasing solvent selectivity with increasing temperature, inducing solvent penetration of the micellar core.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2002


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