Phase behavior of I2S single graft block copolymer/homopolymer blends

Lizhang Yang, Samuel P. Gido*, Jimmy W. Mays, Stergios Pispas, Nikolaos Hadjichristidis

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Abstract

This work is part of an extensive study of model nonlinear block copolymer/homopolymer blends. Effects of graft molecular architecture on the morphology of block copolymer/homopolymer blends have been examined. The single graft Y-shaped block copolymers used in the study are I2S block copolymers, which have two low polydispersity (PDI) polyisoprene arms and one low PDI polystyrene arm joint at a single junction point. Previously reported linear diblock copolymer/homopolymer blend systems showed that the order-order transitions (OOTs) occur at about the same volume fractions as in pure linear diblock copolymers. The OOT occurs at the same volume fraction regardless of the direction from which it is approached, i.e., blending homopolymer A with a diblock which forms A cylinders in a B matrix to push it toward lamella or blending B homopolymer with a lamellar diblock to push it back toward cylinders. This study shows that when a homopolymer is blended with an I2S block copolymer, the OOTs split so that they occur at different volume fractions depending up whether they are approached by blending homopolymer into the two-arm or the one-arm side of the block copolymer interface. A perforated lamellar morphology is obtained in a blend of homopolystyrene (hPS) and a lamella forming single graft block copolymer, and it is found to be stable to thermal annealing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4235-4243
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecules
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 5 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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