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Monte Carlo phase diagram for diblock copolymer melts

Matsen, M. W., Griffiths, G. H., Wickham, R. A. and Vassiliev, O. N. (2006) Monte Carlo phase diagram for diblock copolymer melts. Journal of Chemical Physics, 124 (2). 024904. ISSN 0021-9606

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Abstract/Summary

A partial phase diagram is constructed for diblock copolymer melts using lattice-based Monte Carlo simulations. This is done by locating the order-disorder transition (ODT) with the aid of a recently proposed order parameter and identifying the ordered phase over a wide range of copolymer compositions (0.2 <= f <= 0.8). Consistent with experiments, the disordered phase is found to exhibit direct first-order transitions to each of the ordered morphologies. This includes the spontaneous formation of a perforated-lamellar phase, which presumably forms in place of the gyroid morphology due to finite-size and/or nonequilibrium effects. Also included in our study is a detailed examination of disordered cylinder-forming (f=0.3) diblock copolymers, revealing a substantial degree of pretransitional chain stretching and short-range order that set in well before the ODT, as observed previously in analogous studies on lamellar-forming (f=0.5) molecules. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Department of Mathematics and Statistics
ID Code:4892
Uncontrolled Keywords:MICROPHASE SEPARATION TRANSITION ASYMMETRIC BLOCK-COPOLYMERS COMPUTER-SIMULATION POLYMERS BEHAVIOR ORDER
Additional Information:024904

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