Preparation and self-assembly of two-length-scale A-b-(B-b-A)(n)-b-B multiblock copolymers

Martin Faber, Vincent S. D. Voet, Gerrit ten Brinke*, Katja Loos

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A-b-(B-b-A)(n)-b-B multiblock copolymers composed of short middle diblock units (B-b-A)(n) and two long A-and B-outer blocks were successfully prepared. The multiblock copolymers consist of polystyrene (S) and poly(p-hydroxystyrene) (pHS) and were prepared through sequential anionic polymerization of styrene and 4-tert-butoxystyrene, followed by hydrolysis of the tert-butoxy group. A hexablock and an octablock copolymer with a low overall polydispersity were synthesized. The self-assembled structures were investigated using Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Due to the smaller number of inner blocks and their relatively small molar mass, a single periodic lamellar morphology was observed for the hexablock copolymer while a lamellar-in-lamellar morphology with two thin layers within successive thick layers was observed for the octablock copolymer with larger middle diblock units. These observations are in excellent agreement with existing theories.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)4479-4485
Aantal pagina's7
TijdschriftSoft Matter
Nummer van het tijdschrift16
StatusPublished - 2012

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