The phase state of poly(butadiene-b-tert-butyl methacrylate) and poly(ethylene-b-tert-butyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers

F. J.M. Schipper, G. Floudas*, S. Pispas, N. Hadjichristidis, T. Pakula

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Abstract

We report on the phase state of two new diblock copolymer systems, poly(butadiene-b-tert-butyl methacrylate) (BBMA) and poly(ethylene-b-tert-butyl methacrylate) (EBMA). The EBMA system was synthesized from the BBMA by hydrogenation of the polybutadiene block, thus creating two systems at practically the same volume fractions and identical degrees of polymerization, but with different segment interaction parameters and conformational asymmetries. Hydrogenation of the butadiene block resulted in an increased incompatibility and to an asymmetric phase diagram. In one of the EBMA copolymers with a PE volume fraction fPE = 0.42, crystallization of the PE blocks was confined by the cylindrical mesophase in a fluid matrix. Upon PE crystallization, the hexagonal order was found to improve significantly following a matrix-assisted reorganization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8860-8868
Number of pages9
JournalMacromolecules
Volume35
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 5 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry

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