Superlattice by charged block copolymer self-assembly

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Charged block copolymers are of great interest due to their unique self-assembly and physicochemical properties. Understanding of the phase behavior of charged block copolymers, however, is still at a primitive stage. Here we report the discovery of an intriguing superlattice morphology from compositionally symmetric charged block copolymers, poly[(oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate–co–oligo(ethylene glycol) propyl sodium sulfonate methacrylate)]–b–polystyrene (POEGMA–PS), achieved by systematic variation of the molecular structure in general, and the charge content in particular. POEGMA–PS self-assembles into a superlattice lamellar morphology, a previously unknown class of diblock nanostructures, but strikingly similar to oxygen-deficient perovskite derivatives, when the fraction of charged groups in the POEGMA block is about 5–25%. The charge fraction and the tethering of the ionic groups both play critical roles in driving the superlattice formation. This study highlights the accessibility of superlattice morphologies by introducing charges in a controlled manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2108
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 8 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Office of Basic Energy Science (BES) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), under Contract DE-FOA-0001664. The SAXS experiments were performed at DuPont-Northwestern-Dow Collaborative Access Team (DND–CAT) 5-ID at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. The TEM experiments were carried out in the Characterization Facility, University of Minnesota, a member of the NSF-funded Materials Research Facilities Network ( via the MRSEC program.

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© 2019, The Author(s).

How much support was provided by MRSEC?

  • Shared

Reporting period for MRSEC

  • Period 6

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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