Monolayers of diblock copolymer micelles by spin-coating from o-xylene on SiO x/Si studied in real and reciprocal space

Jiun You Liou, Ya Sen Sun

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Polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine), P(S-b-2VP), micelles of nanometer size and core-shell spherical shape were deposited as monolayers on silicon substrates (SiO x/Si) with varied surface coverage using spin coating from polymer solutions in o-xylene of varied polymer concentration. Simply on varying the polymer solution, the micellar surface coverage on SiO x/Si, spatial order, and organization of micelles were tailored in the monolayer regime. The surface morphology of P(S-b-2VP) micelles was explored with grazing-incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) and an atomic force microscope (AFM). Quantitative analysis and simulations of the X-ray scattering pattern were performed to derive the dependence of the structural and ordering parameters of micelles on the P(S-b-2VP) concentration. Four spatial arrangements were investigated. Upon progressively increased surface coverage with increasing concentration, disordered spherical micelles, loosely packed spherical micelles with hexagonal order, ordered spherical micelles with random loosely packed densities, and closely packed spherical micelles with short-range order were obtained sequentially. This system thus serves as a model for analysis of the impact of surface coverage as a function of polymer concentration on the shape, size, size distribution, and assembly of truncated micelles within two-dimensional monolayers on SiO x/Si.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1963-1971
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - 28 Feb 2012


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