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Polydispersity-induced macrophase separation in diblock copolymer melts

By Mark W. Matsen


The effect of A-block polydispersity on the phase behavior of AB diblock copolymer melts is examined using a complete self-consistent field theory treatment that allows for fractionation of the parent molecular-weight distribution. In addition to observing the established shift in phase boundaries, we find the emergence of significant two-phase coexistence regions causing, for instance, the disappearance of the complex phase window. Furthermore, we find evidence that polydispersity relieves packing frustration, which will reduce the tendency for long-range order

Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:centaur.reading.ac.uk:769

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