Simulated annealing study of morphological transitions of diblock copolymers in solution
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The simulated annealing method was applied to study the self-assembling process of diblock copolymers in selective solvents for one block. The simulation results illustrated that the morphologies of the copolymer aggregates strongly depend on the interactions between the core-forming blocks and the solvents and on the length of the corona-forming blocks. Multiple morphological transitions were observed in one system. The transition sequence (disordered state-spherical micelles-short rodlike micelles-long rodlike micelles-onionlike aggregates) was observed for copolymers with increasing core-solvent interaction. Similar transitions were observed with the decrease of the length of the corona-forming blocks. The mechanisms of these transitions are investigated. The simulation results are compared with experiments and other simulations.
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