We investigate the self-assembly of an athermal model of AB diblock copolymers into disordered and ordered micellar microphases. The original microscopic lattice model with ideal A strands and self-avoiding B strands is mapped onto a system of ultrasoft dumbbells, with monomer-averaged effective interactions between the centers of mass (CMs) of the two blocks. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations of this coarse-grained model are reported for several length ratios f ) L A/( L A + L B) of the two strands of lengths L A and L B. Clear-cut evidence is found for clustering and self-assembly into micelles with a mean aggregation number of n ≃ 100 beyond a critical micellar concentration (cmc) in the semidilute regime. The cmc is found to decrease with increasing f , as predicted by an analytic calculation based on the random phase approximation. The initially disordered dispersion of polydisperse spherical micelles undergoes a disorder-order transition to a micellar crystal phase at higher copolymer concentrations. The effective pair potential between the micellar CMs is determined by inverting the measured CM-CM pair distribution function and is found to become steeper with increasing density. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

Capone, B., Pierleoni, C., Hansen, J.-., & Krakoviack, V. (2009). Entropic self-assembly of diblock copolymers into disordered and ordered micellar phases. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. B, CONDENSED MATTER, MATERIALS, SURFACES, INTERFACES & BIOPHYSICAL, 113(12), 3629-3638 [10.1021/jp805946z].

Entropic self-assembly of diblock copolymers into disordered and ordered micellar phases

Capone B.
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2009

Abstract

We investigate the self-assembly of an athermal model of AB diblock copolymers into disordered and ordered micellar microphases. The original microscopic lattice model with ideal A strands and self-avoiding B strands is mapped onto a system of ultrasoft dumbbells, with monomer-averaged effective interactions between the centers of mass (CMs) of the two blocks. Extensive Monte Carlo simulations of this coarse-grained model are reported for several length ratios f ) L A/( L A + L B) of the two strands of lengths L A and L B. Clear-cut evidence is found for clustering and self-assembly into micelles with a mean aggregation number of n ≃ 100 beyond a critical micellar concentration (cmc) in the semidilute regime. The cmc is found to decrease with increasing f , as predicted by an analytic calculation based on the random phase approximation. The initially disordered dispersion of polydisperse spherical micelles undergoes a disorder-order transition to a micellar crystal phase at higher copolymer concentrations. The effective pair potential between the micellar CMs is determined by inverting the measured CM-CM pair distribution function and is found to become steeper with increasing density. © 2009 American Chemical Society.
Capone, B., Pierleoni, C., Hansen, J.-., & Krakoviack, V. (2009). Entropic self-assembly of diblock copolymers into disordered and ordered micellar phases. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY. B, CONDENSED MATTER, MATERIALS, SURFACES, INTERFACES & BIOPHYSICAL, 113(12), 3629-3638 [10.1021/jp805946z].
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