Noncentrosymmetric Lamellar Phase in Blends of ABC Triblock and ac Diblock Copolymers Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The phase behaviour of blends of ABC triblock and ac diblock copolymers is examined using self-consistent field theory. Several equilibrium lamellar structures are observed, depending on the volume fraction of the diblocks, phi_2, the monomer interactions, and the degrees of polymerization of the copolymers. For segregations just above the order-disorder transition the triblocks and diblocks mix together to form centrosymmetric lamellae. As the segregation is increased the triblocks and diblocks spatially separate either by macrophase-separating, or by forming a non-centrosymmetric (NCS) phase of alternating layers of triblock and diblock (...ABCcaABCca...). The NCS phase is stable over a narrow region near phi_2=0.4. This region is widest near the critical point on the phase coexistence curve and narrows to terminate at a triple point at higher segregation. Above the triple point there is two-phase coexistence between almost pure triblock and diblock phases. The theoretical phase diagram is consistent with experiments.

publication date

  • August 2001