Polymer, Vol.48, No.5, 1428-1434, 2007
(Polystyrene-g-polyisoprene)-b-polystyrene comb-coil block copolymer in selective solvent
Comb-coil block copolymers consisting of two components polystyrene (PS) and polyisoprene (PI) were synthesized through combining TEMPO living free radical polymerization (LFRP) and anionic polymerization using "grafting-onto" strategy. Two typical samples with the same backbone but grafted with different numbers and lengths of branches, forming lamellar and cylinder phases, respectively, were investigated. As the selective solvent was added into these block polymers, the micro-structures transformed from disordered or weakly ordered structure into well-organized lamellar structure in the intermediate polymer concentration. The power law behavior of the lamellae space with respect to polymer concentration indicates that the two samples form the well-organized structure through different paths. The sample with longer branch length thus less branch points forms lamellae phase with smaller lamellae space. This difference at lamellae spacing is attributed to the two different ways that the chain assembles. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.