Dynamics and orderdisorder transitions in bidisperse diblock copolymer blends

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Abstract

We employ the dynamic extension of self-consistent field theory (DSCFT) to study dynamics and orderdisorder transitions (ODT) in AB diblock copolymer binary mixtures of two different monodisperse chain lengths by imitating the dynamic storage modulus G′ corresponding to any given morphology in the oscillatory shear measurements. The different polydispersity index (PDI) is introduced by binary blending AB diblock copolymers with variations in chain lengths and chain number fractions. The simulation results show that the increase of polydispersity in the minority or symmetric block introduces a decrease in the segregation strength at the ODT, (χN)ODT, whereas the increase of polydispersity in the majority block results in a decrease, then increase and final decrease again in (χN)ODT. To the best of our knowledge, our DSCFT simulations, for the first time, predict an increase in (χN)ODT with the PDI in the majority block, which produces the experimental results. The simulations by previous SCFT, which generally speaking, is capable of describing equilibrium morphologies, however, contradict the experimental data. The polydispersity acquired by properly tuning the chain lengths and number fractions of binary diblock copolymer blends should be a convenient and efficient way to control the microphase separation strength at the ODT. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Wang, Y., Li, X., Tang, P., & Yang, Y. (2011). Dynamics and orderdisorder transitions in bidisperse diblock copolymer blends. Physica B: Condensed Matter, 406(5), 1132–1138. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physb.2010.12.066

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