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Title: In Situ GISAXS investigation of low-temperature aging in oriented surfactant-mesostructured titania thin films

In this study, the mechanism of forming orthogonally oriented hexagonal close packed (o-HCP) mesostructures during aging of surfactant-templated titania thin films is elucidated using in situ grazing incidence small-angle x-ray scattering (GISAXS) in a controlled-environment chamber. To promote orthogonal orientation, glass slides are modified with crosslinked Pluronic P123, to provide surfaces chemically neutral towards both blocks of mesophase template P123. At 4 °C and 80% RH, the o-HCP mesophase emerges in thin (~60 nm) films by a direct disorder-to-order transition, with no intermediate ordered mesophase. The Pluronic/titania o-HCP GISAXS intensity emerges only after ~10-12 minutes, much slower than previously reported for smallmolecule surfactants. The Avrami model applied to the data suggests 2D growth with nucleation at the start of the process with a half-life of 39.7 minutes for the aging time just after the induction period of 7 minutes followed by a period consistent with 1D growth kinetics. Surprisingly, films that are thicker (~250 nm) or cast on unmodified slides form o-HCP mesophase domains, but by a different mechanism (2D growth with continuous nucleation) with faster and less complete orthogonal alignment. Thus, the o-HCP mesophase is favored not only 2 by modifying the substrate, but also by aging at 4more » °C, which is below the lower consolute temperature (LCST) of the poly(propylene oxide) block of P123. Consistent with this, in situ GISAXS shows that films aged at room temperature (above the LCST of the PPO block) have randomly oriented HCP mesostructure.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ;  [1]
  1. Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (United States)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1245149
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Physical Chemistry. C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 119; Journal Issue: 40; Journal ID: ISSN 1932-7447
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY self-assembly; thin films; mesophases; block copolymers; sol-gel