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Liquid crystalline bilayers self-assembled from rod–coil diblock copolymers

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Abstract

The structure and phase behaviour of bilayer membranes self-assembled from rod–coil diblock copolymers are studied using the self-consistent field theory, focusing on the occurrence and relative stability of liquid crystalline phases induced by the geometric shape and orientational interaction of the rod-blocks. A variety of liquid crystalline bilayers, corresponding to the smectic phases in bulk systems, are predicted to occur as equilibrium phases of the system. The ordered morphologies and phase behaviour of the system are analyzed. Phase diagrams of the self-assembled bilayers are constructed. The theoretical results provide an understanding of the formation mechanisms of these intricate phases.

Graphical abstract: Liquid crystalline bilayers self-assembled from rod–coil diblock copolymers

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The article was received on 20 Feb 2017, accepted on 23 May 2017 and first published on 24 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00354D
Citation: Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article
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    Liquid crystalline bilayers self-assembled from rod–coil diblock copolymers

    Y. Cai, P. Zhang and A. Shi, Soft Matter, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7SM00354D

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