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Experimental and Computational Evaluation of Self-Assembled Morphologies in Diblock Janus Bottlebrush Copolymers

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posted on 2022-12-22, 18:39 authored by Runze Liu, Zehao Sun, Hejin Huang, Jeremiah A. Johnson, Alfredo Alexander-Katz, Caroline A. Ross
Diblock Janus-type “A-branch-B” bottlebrush copolymers (di-JBBCPs) consist of a backbone with alternating A and B side chains, in contrast to the side chain arrangement of conventional bottlebrush copolymers. As a result, A and B blocks of di-JBBCPs can microphase-separate perpendicular to the backbone, which is located at the interface between the two blocks. A reparametrized dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) model is used to theoretically investigate the self-assembly of di-JBBCPs and to compare with the experimental results of a range of polystyrene-branch-polydimethylsiloxane di-JBBCPs. The experimentally formed cylinder, gyroid, and lamellar morphologies showed good correspondence with the model phase diagram, and the effect of changing volume fraction and backbone length is revealed. The DPD model predicts a bulk-stable perforated lamella morphology together with two unconventional spherical phases, the Frank–Kasper A15 spheres and the hexagonally close-packed spheres, indicating the diversity of morphologies available from complex BCP molecular architectures.