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Double-gyroid morphology of a polystyrene-block-poly(ferrocenylethylmethylsilane) diblock copolymer: a route to ordered bicontinuous nanoscale architectures

By Jessica Gwyther, Gudrun Lotze, Ian Hamley and Ian Manners


A polystyrene-block-poly(ferrocenylethylmethylsilane) diblock copolymer, displaying a double-gyroid morphology when self-assembled in the solid state, has been prepared with a PFEMS volume fraction phi(PFMS)=0.39 and a total molecular weight of 64 000 Da by sequential living anionic polymerisation. A block copolymer with a metal-containing block with iron and silicon in the main chain was selected due to its plasma etch resistance compared to the organic block. Self-assembly of the diblock copolymer in the bulk showed a stable, double-gyroid morphology as characterised by TEM. SAXS confirmed that the structure belonged to the Ia3d space group

Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2011
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