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Title: Regulating the self‐assembly of AB / CD diblock copolymer blends via secondary interactions

Designed multiblock copolymers with complex architectures offer unlimited opportunities to obtain novel nanostructured phases, however, their synthesis could be challenging and expensive. An alternative approach to access desired nanostructures is to use blends of block copolymers with simple chain architectures and designed block‐block interactions. We use binary blends composed of AB and CD diblock copolymers as a model system to establish design principles of polymeric blends containing block copolymers. Specifically, we explore the phase behavior of AB/CD blends by using the polymeric self‐consistent field theory to construct phase diagrams of the blends focusing on the sphere‐forming regions in the phase space. We predict the formation of various spherical packing phases composed of either core‐shell‐structured spheres or binary spheres resembling metallic alloys. We demonstrate that the equilibrium morphology can be regulated by adjusting the blend composition and molecular parameters such as block fractions, conformational asymmetry, and segment‐segment interactions. The strategy of using secondary interaction in polymeric blends to control the phase behavior explored in the current study can also be generalized to other soft matter systems.

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Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Journal Name:
Journal of Polymer Science
Medium: X Size: p. 716-732
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Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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