Effect of humidity on the ordering of PEO-based copolymer thin films

Joona Bang, Bumjoon J. Kim, Gila E. Stein, Thomas P. Russell, Xuefa Li, Jin Wang, Edward J. Kramer, Craig J. Hawker

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Abstract

Solvent cast diblock and triblock copolymer films of poly(ethylene oxide-b-styrene) (PEO-b-PS) and poly(ethylene oxide-b-methyl methacrylate-b-styrene) (PEO-b-PMMA-b-PS), with cylindrical microdomains of PEO or PMMA-PEO, have a high degree of lateral ordering after solvent annealing. The relative humidity of the vapor during the solvent annealing has been shown to play an important role in achieving this order. After solvent annealing under high humidity a PEO-b-PMMA-b-PS triblock copolymer having a lamellar morphology in bulk develops a hexagonal array of depressed PEO domains on the film surface while the film surface remains flat under less humid conditions. Cross-sectional TEM and GISAXS show that the film annealed under high humidity conditions exhibits a well-defined hexagonally perforated lamellar (HPL) structure throughout its thickness, whereas a stack of lamellae aligned parallel to the surface is evident for films annealed at lower humidity. These results demonstrate the switchable nanoscopic structure of these films and strongly suggest that water vapor induces the morphological transition from lamellar to HPL by swelling the PEO domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7019-7025
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecules
Volume40
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep 18

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Polyethylene oxides
Atmospheric humidity
Copolymers
Thin films
Block copolymers
Styrene
Annealing
Lamellar structures
Methacrylates
Steam
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Swelling
Water vapor
Vapors
Transmission electron microscopy

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Bang, J., Kim, B. J., Stein, G. E., Russell, T. P., Li, X., Wang, J., ... Hawker, C. J. (2007). Effect of humidity on the ordering of PEO-based copolymer thin films. Macromolecules, 40(19), 7019-7025. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma0710737

Effect of humidity on the ordering of PEO-based copolymer thin films. / Bang, Joona; Kim, Bumjoon J.; Stein, Gila E.; Russell, Thomas P.; Li, Xuefa; Wang, Jin; Kramer, Edward J.; Hawker, Craig J.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 40, No. 19, 18.09.2007, p. 7019-7025.

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Bang, J, Kim, BJ, Stein, GE, Russell, TP, Li, X, Wang, J, Kramer, EJ & Hawker, CJ 2007, 'Effect of humidity on the ordering of PEO-based copolymer thin films', Macromolecules, vol. 40, no. 19, pp. 7019-7025. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma0710737
Bang J, Kim BJ, Stein GE, Russell TP, Li X, Wang J et al. Effect of humidity on the ordering of PEO-based copolymer thin films. Macromolecules. 2007 Sep 18;40(19):7019-7025. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma0710737
Bang, Joona ; Kim, Bumjoon J. ; Stein, Gila E. ; Russell, Thomas P. ; Li, Xuefa ; Wang, Jin ; Kramer, Edward J. ; Hawker, Craig J. / Effect of humidity on the ordering of PEO-based copolymer thin films. In: Macromolecules. 2007 ; Vol. 40, No. 19. pp. 7019-7025.
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