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Determination of the maximum thickness for directed self-assembly of cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA films on chemical patterns

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Abstract

Previous studies on directed self-assembly (DSA) of cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA mainly use films with a thickness comparable to the natural period of the block copolymer, Lo. It is unclear how thick the cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA film can be directed to assemble on chemical patterns. In this work, a feasible approach is developed to determine the maximum thickness for DSA of cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA films. The chemical pattern with a controlled correlation length (ξ) is fabricated by molecular transfer printing (MTP) by replicating the surface domain pattern of the template blend film and used to direct the self-assembly of the same blend film. The transition from substrate-controlled DSA to surface-controlled self-assembly is located in assembled films on MTP replica patterns with the thickness between 4.9Lo and 5.7Lo by comparing the ξ of the assembled film with the ξ of the original template. DSA of cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA is achieved in films with thickness up to at least 4.9Lo. When the film is thicker than 5.7Lo, the substrate and surface effects decouple and the free surface controls the film surface morphology.

Graphical abstract: Determination of the maximum thickness for directed self-assembly of cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA films on chemical patterns

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The article was received on 12 Sep 2017, accepted on 05 Dec 2017 and first published on 05 Dec 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00101K
Citation: Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2018, Advance Article
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    Determination of the maximum thickness for directed self-assembly of cylinder-forming PS-b-PMMA films on chemical patterns

    Y. Liu and S. Ji, Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7ME00101K

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