Wetting-driven structure ordering of a copolymer/homopolymer/nanoparticle mixture in the presence of a modulated potential
National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures and Department of Physics, Nanjing University, Nanjing, 210093, P.R. China
2 Department of Physics, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen, 041004, P.R. China
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Published online: 15 November 2005
We investigate pattern formation on a solid substrate of a diblock copolymer-homopolymer mixture containing doping wettable nanoparticles with a preferential attraction for one component of the copolymers, using a three-order-parameter model. The presence of doping nanoparticles under the surface-interaction modulation breaks the isotropy in the process of microphase-separation and macrophase-separation. This leads to the formation of orientational microphase and macrophase structures due to the interplay between the phase separation and wetting particle ordering under a modulated potential at the late stage. Simulations suggest that the microphase morphology and macrophase morphology can be changed through adjustment of the wetting strength, the amplitude as well as the period of the modulated potential. It provides some important insights for changing microphase and macrophase structures in polymer blends by wetting-driven spinodal decomposition.
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