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Title: Superlattice Formation in Binary Mixtures of Block Copolymer Micelles

Two distinct diblock copolymers, poly(styrene-b-isoprene) (SI) and poly(styrene-b-dimethylsiloxane) (SD), were codissolved at various concentrations in the polystyrene selective solvent diethyl phthalate. Two SI diblocks, with block molar masses of 12000-33000 and 30000-33000, and two SD diblocks, with block molar masses of 19000-6000 and 16000-9000, were employed. The size ratio of the smaller SD micelles (S) to the larger SI micelles (L) varied from approximately 0.5 to 0.6, based on hydrodynamic radii determined by dynamic light scattering on dilute solutions containing only one polymer component. Due to incompatibility between the polyisoprene and polydimethylsiloxane blocks, a binary mixture of distinct SI and SD micelles was formed in each mixed solution, as confirmed by cryogenic transmission electron microscopy. When the total concentration of polymer was increased to 20--30%, the micelles adopted a superlattice structure. Small angle X-ray scattering revealed the lattice to be the full LS{sub 13} superlattice (space group Fm{sub 3}c) in all cases, with unit cell dimensions in excess of 145 nm. A coexistent face-centered cubic phase composed of SD micelles was also observed when the number ratio of S to L micelles was large.
Authors:
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  1. (UMM)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1006681
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Langmuir; Journal Volume: 24; Journal Issue: (12) ; 2008
Research Org:
Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), Argonne, IL (US)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
ENGLISH
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; BINARY MIXTURES; COPOLYMERS; CRYOGENICS; DIMENSIONS; DYNAMICS; HYDRODYNAMICS; LIGHT SCATTERING; MICELLAR SYSTEMS; POLYISOPRENE; POLYMERS; POLYSTYRENE; SCATTERING; SIZE; SOLUTIONS; SOLVENTS; SPACE; SUPERLATTICES; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; UNITS