Phase Behavior of Block Copolymer Nanocomposite Systems

Diaz, Javier and Pinna, Marco and Zvelindovsky, Andrei and Pagonabarraga, Ignacio (2018) Phase Behavior of Block Copolymer Nanocomposite Systems. Advanced theory and simulations, 1 (9). ISSN 2513-0390

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1002/adts.201800066

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Abstract

Nanocomposite materials made of block copolymer (BCP) and nanoparticles display properties which can be different from the purely polymeric matrix. The resulting material is a crossover of the original properties of the BCP and the presence of the assembled nanoparticles. A mesoscopic study using cell dynamic simulations is reported, to quantitatively describe the structural properties of such hybrid materials. The most relevant parameters are identified to be the fraction of nanoparticles in the system and its chemical affinity, while the nanoparticle size with respect to the BCP length scales plays a role in the assembly. The morphological phase diagram of the BCP is constructed for nanoparticles with chemical affinity ranging from A‐compatible to B‐compatible for a symmetric A‐B diblock copolymer. Block‐compatible nanoparticles are found to induce a phase transition due to changes in the effective concentration of the hosting phase, while interface‐compatible particles induce the appearance of two new phases due to the saturation of the diblock copolymer interface.

Keywords:Colloids, nanoparticles, simulations, diblock copolymers
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F200 Materials Science
F Physical Sciences > F162 Polymer Chemistry
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G150 Mathematical Modelling
F Physical Sciences > F343 Computational Physics
Divisions:College of Science > School of Mathematics and Physics
ID Code:33082
Deposited On:19 Oct 2018 08:55

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