A rheological and SAXS study of the lamellar order in a side-on liquid crystalline block copolymer
Castelletto, V., Parras, P., Hamley, I.W., Davidson, P., Yang, J., Keller, P. and Li, M. H. (2005) A rheological and SAXS study of the lamellar order in a side-on liquid crystalline block copolymer. Macromolecules, 38 (26). pp. 10736-10742. ISSN 0024-9297
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We study the structure and shear flow behavior of a side-on liquid crystalline triblock copolymer, named PBA-b-PA444-b-PBA (PBA is poly(butyl acrylate) and PA444 is a poly(acrylate) with a nematic liquid crystal side-on mesogen), in the self-assembled lamellar phase and in the disordered phase. Simultaneous oscillatory shear and small-angle X-ray scattering experiments show that shearing PBA-b-PA444-b-PBA at high frequency and strain amplitudes leads to the alignment of the lamellae with normals perpendicular to the shear direction and to the velocity gradient direction, i.e., in the perpendicular orientation. The order-to-disorder transition temperature (T-ODT) is independent of the applied strain, in contrast to results reported in the literature for coil-coil diblock copolymers, which show an increase in T-ODT with shear rate. It is possible that in our system, T-ODT does not depend on the applied strain because the fluctuations are weaker than those present in coil-coil diblock copolymer systems.