Authors Thunga, M. ; Satapathy, B.K. ; Weidisch, R. ; Stamm, M. ; Sommer, J.-U. ; Knoll, K.
Title Influence of chain architecture on phase behavior of styrene-(styrene/butadiene)-styrene triblock copolymers and their binary blends
Date 01.02.2009
Number 17042
Abstract The phase behaviour of symmetric (LN4) and asymmetric (LN3) triblock copolymers based on styrene-b-(styrene-co-butadiene)-b-styrene (S-SB-S) and their blends have been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and were correlated with rheological properties. A direct control over the final morphology and segregation strength for the block copolymer blends was achieved by blending of LN3 and LN4. The interaction parameter (·) for LN4 is extracted by fitting the SAXS patterns at temperatures well above the ODT in consistency with Leibler mean-field structure-function for ABA triblock copolymers. A weak temperature dependency of · has been observed which revealed that the phase behaviour in LN4 is mainly controlled by the entropic term. In the low frequency regime a non-terminal flow behaviour was observed in LN3 revealing the persistence of ordered structure within the experimental temperature range whereas a terminal flow behaviour with composition fluctuation was observed in LN4. G' vs. G· plots indicated a solid-like elastic melt behaviour for LN3 whereas presence of ODT over a broad temperature range was observed for LN4. ODT is observed to increase non-linearly with increase in LN3 content in the blends. ODT behaviour of the blends further reveals that the blends shift from weak-segregation to intermediate-segregation strength with the increase in LN3 content. The improvement in the state of ordering along with the change in morphology with the increase of LN3 content is attributed to co-surfactant effect between the PS end-blocks of LN3 and LN4 inside PS-rich phase.
Publisher European Polymer Journal
Citation European Polymer Journal 45 (2009) 537-549
Tags triblock copolymers; interaction parameter; rheology; order–disorder temperature; co-surfactant

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