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Controlling Size and Orientation of Lamellar Microdomains in Crystalline Block Copolymers

Controlling Size and Orientation of Lamellar Microdomains in Crystalline Block Copolymers
Carmela Scarica, Anna Malafronte, Miriam Scoti, Claudio De Rosa, Giovanni Talarico, Rocco Di Girolamo, Finizia Auriemma
Highly ordered lamellar nanostructures with high orientation of lamellar microdomains have been obtained by epitaxial crystallization of crystalline diblock copolymers constituted by crystalline polyethylene (PE) linked to an amorphous block of a propene-ethene random copolymer (EP). The epitaxial crystallization onto crystals of p-chlorobenzoic acid induces formation of crystalline PE lamellae highly aligned along one direction, resulting in ordered lamellar nanostructures with perfectly aligned layers of crystalline PE alternating to amorphous layers of EP block. The periodicity of the lamellar structure can be modulated by modifying the molecular mass of the amorphous EP block. Epitaxy has been coupled with the technique of gold decoration so that the ordered nanostructures produced by epitaxy act as template for the formation of long, straight, and parallel rows of gold nanoparticles.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.6b15913

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b15913

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