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Self-assembly in casting solutions of block copolymer membranes

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Membranes with exceptional pore regularity and high porosity were obtained from block copolymer solutions. We demonstrate by small-angle X-ray scattering that the order which gives rise to the pore morphology is already incipient in the casting solution. Hexagonal order was confirmed in PS-b-P4VP 175k-b-65k solutions in DMF/THF/dioxane with concentrations as high as 24 wt%, while lamellar structures were obtained in more concentrated solutions in DMF or DMF/dioxane. The change in order has been understood with the support of dissipative particle dynamic modeling.

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The article was received on 26 Oct 2012, accepted on 15 Apr 2013 and first published on 13 May 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM27475F
Citation: Soft Matter, 2013,9, 5557-5564
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    Self-assembly in casting solutions of block copolymer membranes

    D. S. Marques, U. Vainio, N. M. Chaparro, V. M. Calo, A. R. Bezahd, J. W. Pitera, K. Peinemann and S. P. Nunes, Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 5557
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM27475F

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