Block copolymer microdomain morphologies by phase detection imaging

Ph Leclere, J. M. Yu, R. Lazzaroni, Ph Dubois, R. Jerome, J. L. Bredas

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Atomic Force Microscopy with Phase Detection Imaging is used to study the surface microdomain morphology of thick (i.e., ca. 2 mm) films of triblock copolymers, such as polymethylmethacrylate - block - polybutadiene - block - polymethylmethacrylate copolymers prepared by a well-taylored two-step sequential copolymerization promoted by a 1,3-diisopropenylbenzene based difunctional anionic initiator. By means of this new scanning probe microscopy technique, it is shown that the surface exhibits a segregated microphase structure, corresponding to the different types of components predicted theoretically by thermodynamic processes. We investigate the relationship between the size and characteristics of the microdomain structure as a function of the molecular parameters of the constituent polymers. Our data illustrate the interest of Phase Detection Imaging in the elucidation of surface phase separation in block copolymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-62
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 4 1996Dec 5 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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