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Title: Assembly of copolymer blend on nanopatterned surfaces: A molecular simulation study
Authors: Chen, H.
Peng, C.
Sun, L.
Liu, H.
Hu, Y.
Jiang, J. 
Issue Date: 23-Oct-2007
Citation: Chen, H., Peng, C., Sun, L., Liu, H., Hu, Y., Jiang, J. (2007-10-23). Assembly of copolymer blend on nanopatterned surfaces: A molecular simulation study. Langmuir 23 (22) : 11112-11119. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We report a molecular simulation study on the assembly of an (A 7B5)5/A7B5 copolymer blend on nanopatterned surfaces. The density distributions, anisotropic radii of gyration, and conformations of both copolymers are quantitatively characterized. As the width of stripes on the surface decreases, the shape and thickness of the assembled film are found to be in qualitative agreement with those from experiments. The simulation results indicate that the shape and conformation of ordered film can be modulated by tuning the adsorption energy between the surface and the polymer or by adjusting the width of the stripes on the surface. We can regulate the width of the stripes to obtain a desired polymer conformation without altering the assembled film. In remarkable contrast to the pure copolymer, the radii of gyration of the blend in three directions are consistently smaller. The simulation reveals that the addition of a short chain during assembly is of central importance in restructuring the conformations of the long chain. © 2007 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Langmuir
ISSN: 07437463
DOI: 10.1021/la701773a
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