Polymer, Vol.44, No.17, 5015-5021, 2003
Crystalline structures in ultrathin poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(methyl methacrylate) blend films
Amorphous poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PEO/PMMA) blend films in extremely constrained states are meta-stable and phase separation of fractal-like branched patterns happens in them due to heterogeneously nucleated PEO crystallization by diffusion-limited aggregation. The crystalline branches are viewed flat-on with PEO chains oriented normal to the substrate surface, upon increasing PMMA content the branch width remains invariant but thickness increases. It is revealed that PMMA imposes different effects on PEO crystallization, i.e. the length and thickness of branches, depending on the film composition. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.