Dynamic structure factor of diblock copolymer solutions in the disordered state. 1. Far from the ordering transition

R. Sigel*, S. Pispas, N. Hadjichristidis, D. Vlassopoulos, G. Fytas

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The dynamic structure factor of entangled solutions of very high molecular weight styrene-isoprene (SI) diblock copolymers in the common solvent toluene is studied by photon correlation spectroscopy. The intermediate scattering function S(q,t) with wave vector q spanning the peak position q* of the static structure factor S(q) displays three relaxation processes in the homogeneous disordered state far away from the order-to-disorder (ODT) transition. In this regime, the systems investigated are marginally entangled. To examine the sensitivity of the shape of S(q,t) with regard to polydispersity and composition we report experimental S(q,t) of one symmetric and two asymmetric SI with different distributions. In all cases, chain self-diffusion and two chain conformational motions describe the experimental S(q,t). The main contribution to S(q≈q*,t) originates from the slow (reptation-like) chain motion with rate Γ1 = O(τ1-1) where the longest relaxation time τ1 is obtained by dynamic mechanical shear measurements. The unexpected findings relate to the stronger contribution of fast (Rouse-like) to the S(q≈q*,t) of the asymmetric SI rich in I (fs = 0.26) and the increase of the S(q≈0) due to polydispersity with concentration in the homogeneous state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8447-8453
Number of pages7
Issue number25
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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