Concentration mediated structural transition of triblock copolymer ultrathin films

Bal, Jayanta K. ; Mukherjee, Manabendra ; Delorme, Nicolas ; Sanyal, Milan K. ; Gibaud, Alain (2014) Concentration mediated structural transition of triblock copolymer ultrathin films Langmuir, 30 (20). pp. 5808-5816. ISSN 0743-7463

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X-ray reflectivity, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and contact angle measurement techniques are used to study the structural changeover as a function of concentration of Poly(Ethylene Oxide)-poly(Propylene Oxide)-poly(Ethylene Oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock copolymer diluted in toluene spin-coated as ultrathin films on hydrophilic Si substrate. A lamellar structure made of three alternating incomplete bilayers is observed until the concentration of copolymer solution attains a threshold value of about 3.6–4 g/L. Around this concentration and beyond, the entanglement of polymer chains takes place during drying and the growth of a homogeneous film made of complete bilayers on Si substrate is observed. The strong hydrophilic nature of the Si substrate dictates the growth of this amphiphilic copolymer. We evidence that the lower part of the films is made of hydrophilic PEO blocks attached to the substrate while the hydrophobic PPO blocks are directed toward air.

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