Order, disorder, and composition fluctuation effects in low molar mass hydrocarbon-poly(dimethylsiloxane) diblock copolymers

Kristoffer Almdal, Kell Mortensen, Anthony J. Ryan, Frank S. Bates

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Abstract

Four block copolymer melts - two poly(isoprene-block-dimethylsiloxane) (PI-PDMS) and two poly(ethylene-alt-propylene-block-dimethylsiloxane) (PEP-PDMS)-have been investigated through rheological measurements, SANS, and SAXS. In both systems, lamellar to disorder and Ia3d bicontinuous to disorder transitions have been observed. Upon heating, the sequence of phases lamellae, modified layers, bicontinuous Ia3d, disorder is observed in the f = 0.65 PEP-PDMS sample. Composition fluctuations dominate the disordered state properties over an unprecedented wide temperature window in the f = 0.49 PEP-PDMS sample. The fluctuations are evident both in SANS measurements and through the temperature dependence of the viscosity. The phase behavior of these relatively low molar mass block copolymer melts, which range from 6 to 10 kg/mol, is qualitatively anticipated by the trends reported earlier for progressively lower molar mass diblock copolymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5940-5947
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecules
Volume29
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 26 1996

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