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Interface-induced morphology transition in triblock copolymer films swollen with low-molecular-weight homopolymer

Müller-Buschbaum, P. ; Schulz, Leander ; Metwalli, E. ; Moulin, J.-F.

In: Langmuir, 2009, vol. 25, no. 7, p. 4235–4242

The morphology transition due to midblock swelling with low-molecular-weight homopolymer polystyrene of an ABA-type triblock copolymer polyparamethylstyrene-block-polystyrene-block-polyparamethylstyrene at the buried silicon substrate interface is studied as a function of different substrate surface treatments. With grazing incidence small-angle neutron scattering (GISANS), high interface... Plus

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    Summary
    The morphology transition due to midblock swelling with low-molecular-weight homopolymer polystyrene of an ABA-type triblock copolymer polyparamethylstyrene-block-polystyrene-block-polyparamethylstyrene at the buried silicon substrate interface is studied as a function of different substrate surface treatments. With grazing incidence small-angle neutron scattering (GISANS), high interface sensitivity is reached. The powderlike oriented lamellar structure in the bulk becomes oriented along the surface normal in the vicinity of the substrate. A transition of the lamellar into a cylinder phase at the polymer−silicon interface is probed with GISANS. The transition is induced by the addition of the homopolymer, but the modification of the short-ranged interface potential of the substrate influences the amount of homopolymer that is necessary for this transition. Without and with 0.1 vol % added homopolymer, the lateral spacing is stretched at the interface as compared to the bulk whereas for a higher added amount of homopolymer no stretching occurs.