Formation of superlattices in blends of 3-miktoarm star terpolymers with diblock copolymers


In this contribution we report on the morphological structures formed in blends of microphase-separated 3-miktoarm star terpolymers of polystyrene-armpolybutadiene- arm-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (SBV*) and polystyrene-block-polybutadiene (SB), polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (SV), poly(2-vinylpyridine)- block-poly(cyclohexyl methacrylate) (VC) diblock copolymers. The morphologies are characterized by transmission electron microscopy. Blends with similar morphologies as known from linear triblock terpolymers are found, like core-shell structures based on cylinders or gyroids. Other blends show very distorted morphologies, or morphologies similar to the ones found for pure 3-miktoarm star terpolymers. While attractive interactions between blocks of the two species enhance the formation of common superlattices, blends with too large diblock copolymers tend to macrophase-separate.
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