Epitaxial transitions among FCC, HCP, BCC, and cylinder phases in a block copolymer solution

Moon Jeong Park, Joona Bang, Tamotsu Harada, Kookheon Char, Timothy P. Lodge

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A single concentration solution (36 vol %) of a symmetric polystyrene-block-polyisoprene, total molecular weight 30 000, in the styrene-selective solvent diethyl phthalate shows a remarkably rich sequence of thermotropic order-order transitions (OOT). A combination of small-angle X-ray scattering measurements both under quiescent conditions and after shear orientation, supplemented with rheology and static birefringence, indicates the following phase sequence. At room temperature the solution adopts a close-packed lattice of spherical micelles, corresponding to a mixture of face-centered-cubic (fee) and hexagonally close-packed (hcp) phases. At approximately 60°C the solution undergoes a "partial" OOT, in that the fee portion transforms to body-centered-cubic (bcc), whereas the hep domains persist. At approximately 82°C the hcp/bcc mixture transforms to hexagonally packed cylinders, and finally the cylinder phase undergoes the order-disorder transition at 113°C. Through the use of two different shear cells, scattering patterns along both shear gradient and vorticity axes were obtained. These data confirmed that all three OOTs (fee to bcc, bcc to cylinder, and hep to cylinder) are epitaxial. The first two follow the pathways previously established, whereas the hcp to cylinder is described for the first time in block copolymers. Among the other novel features of this system are the proximity to a triple line (coexistence of hep, bcc, and cylinders) at 82°C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9064-9075
Number of pages12
JournalMacromolecules
Volume37
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Nov 30
Externally publishedYes

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Block copolymers
Polyisoprenes
Styrene
Order disorder transitions
Micelles
Birefringence
Vorticity
X ray scattering
Rheology
Polystyrenes
Molecular weight
Scattering
Temperature
polystyrene-block-polyisoprene
diethyl phthalate

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Epitaxial transitions among FCC, HCP, BCC, and cylinder phases in a block copolymer solution. / Park, Moon Jeong; Bang, Joona; Harada, Tamotsu; Char, Kookheon; Lodge, Timothy P.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 37, No. 24, 30.11.2004, p. 9064-9075.

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Park, Moon Jeong ; Bang, Joona ; Harada, Tamotsu ; Char, Kookheon ; Lodge, Timothy P. / Epitaxial transitions among FCC, HCP, BCC, and cylinder phases in a block copolymer solution. In: Macromolecules. 2004 ; Vol. 37, No. 24. pp. 9064-9075.
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