Surface reorganization of an amphiphilic block copolymer film studied by NEXAFS spectroscopy

  • Theato P
  • Brehmer M
  • Conrad L
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The chemical composition of the surface of an amphiphilic diblock copolymer film, comprised of polystyrene and poly(4-(2-(2-(2-acetoxy)ethoxy)ethoxy)styrene), has been characterized upon equilibration in water and in a vacuum, employing surface sensitive near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The outermost surface layer exhibits a reversible exchange between the hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymer segments as the equilibrating interface is changed between water and vacuum, respectively. Surprisingly, time-dependent measurements show that a substantial partial molecular reorganization toward a vacuum-equilibrated surface occurs already at 60 degrees C, which is significantly below the glass transition temperature of the polystyrene block

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  • Patrick Theato

  • Martin Brehmer

  • Lars Conrad

  • Curtis W. Frank

  • Lutz Funk

  • Do Y. Yoon

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