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Brushes and lamellar mesophases of comb-shaped (co)polymers: a self-consistent field theory

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Abstract

Theory describing equilibrium structural properties of solvent-free brushes formed by comblike polymers tethered by end segment of backbone to planar surface is developed using strong-stretching self-consistent field (SS-SCF) analytical approach and supported by numerical self-consistent field calculations based on the Scheutjens–Fleer (SF-SCF) method. The explicit dependence of self-consistent molecular potential on architectural parameters of comblike polymers is analyzed. It is demonstrated that distribution of local tension in backbones of long comblike polymers approaches that for linear chains. The star-to-comblike transition in solvent-free lamellas which occurs upon increase of backbone length of graft-polymer is analyzed.

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Submitted
01 Jun 2020
Accepted
14 Sep 2020
First published
13 Oct 2020

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020,22, 23385-23398
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Paper

Brushes and lamellar mesophases of comb-shaped (co)polymers: a self-consistent field theory

I. V. Mikhailov, E. B. Zhulina and O. V. Borisov, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2020, 22, 23385
DOI: 10.1039/D0CP02954H

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