Diblock copolymers of polystyrene-b-poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) exhibiting unique three-phase microdomain morphologies

Konstantinos Misichronis, Jihua Chen, Jong K. Kahk, Adam Imel, Mark Dadmun, Kunlun Hong, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Jimmy W. Mays, Apostolos Avgeropoulos

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The synthesis and molecular characterization of a series of conformationally asymmetric polystyrene-block-poly(1,3-cyclohexadiene) (PS-b-PCHD) diblock copolymers (PCHD: ∼90% 1,4 and ∼10% 1,2), by sequential anionic copolymerization high vacuum techniques, is reported. A wide range of volume fractions (0.27≤ϕPS≤0.91) was studied by transmission electron microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering in order to explore in detail the microphase separation behavior of these flexible/semiflexible diblock copolymers. Unusual morphologies, consisting of PCHD core(PCHD-1,4)-shell(PCHD-1,2) cylinders in PS matrix and three-phase (PS, PCHD-1,4, PCHD-1,2) four-layer lamellae, were observed suggesting that the chain stiffness of the PCHD block and the strong dependence of the interaction parameter χ on the PCHD microstructures are important factors for the formation of this unusual microphase separation behavior in PS-b-PCHD diblock copolymers. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1564-1572
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - Mar 29 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Materials Science and Engineering Division, U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) under contract No. DEAC05-00OR22725 with UT-Battelle, LLC at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Part of the research was done at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is sponsored by the Scientific User Facilities Division of DoE through a user project to J. W. Mays. A. Avgeropoulos also thank the nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and the electron microscopy facilities of the University of Ioannina. The research reported in this publication was partially supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).


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