We demonstrated a simple and time-efficient processing method for facilitating a microphase separation of block copolymers (BCPs) based on a single step of spin-casting with low volatile solvent and in situ annealing. Well-ordered lamellar patterns of poly(styrene-b-methyl methacrylate) BCP films having wide range of molecular weights (51-235 kg/mol) were fabricated by a single 3 min process of spin-casting, even without the conventional pretreatment of substrate neutralization. The formation of this well-ordered lamellar structure is attributed to a synergetic effect between slow solvent evaporation and thermal energy that may provide an efficient cooling profile for the BCP film during the spin-casting process.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry