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Bulk and Surface Morphologies of ABC Miktoarm Star Terpolymers Composed of PDMS, PI, and PMMA Arms

Chernyy, Sergey; Kirkensgaard, Jacob Judas Kain; Mahalik, Jyoti P.; Kim, Hyeyoung; Arras, Matthias M. L.; Kumar, Rajeev; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Smith, Gregory S.; Mortensen, Kell; Russell, Thomas P.; Almdal, Kristoffer

By 12 March 2019No Comments

Macromolecules, 2018, vol 51, 3, pp. 1041-1051



DIM miktoarm star copolymers, composed of polydimethylsiloxane [D], poly(1,4-isoprene) [I], and poly(methyl methacrylate) [M], were synthesized using a newly developed linking methodology with 4-allyl-1,1-diphenylethylene as a linking agent. The equilibrium bulk morphologies of the DIM stars were found to range from [6.6.6] tiling patterns to alternating lamellar and alternating cylindrical morphologies, as determined experimentally by small-angle X-ray scattering and transmission electron microscopy and confirmed by dissipative particle dynamics and self-consistent field theory based arguments. The thin film morphologies, which differ from those found in the bulk, were identified by scanning electron microscopy, coupled with oxygen plasma etching. Square arrays of the PDMS nanodots and empty core cylinders were formed on silica after oxygen plasma removal of the poly(1,4-isoprene) and poly(methyl methacrylate) which generated nanostructured substrates decorated with these features readily observable.

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