Microdomain structures and crystallization behavior of the binary blends consisting of an asymmetric block copolymer and a homopolymer were investigated using small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), optical microscope (OM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block- polystyrene block copolymer (PMMA-b-PS) (weight fraction of PMMA = 0.53) was mixed with low molecular weight poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). As the PVDF concentration was increased, the morphological change from a lamellar to a cylindrical structure occurred. The crystallization of PVDF significantly disturbed the orientation of the pre-existing microdomain structure, resulting in a poorly ordered morphology. In the blends, PVDF exhibited unique crystallization behavior due to the PMMA block which is preferentially miscible to PVDF and the space constraint imposed by the microdomains.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2004 Nov|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry