Film thickness dependence of the surface structure of immiscible polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) blends

Keiji Tanaka, Atsushi Takahara, Tisato Kajiyama

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The film thickness dependence of surface structure for immiscible polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS/PMMA) films was investigated on the basis of atomic force microscopic observation and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurement. In the case of the PS/PMMA film of 25 μm thickness, the air - polymer interfacial region was covered with a PS rich overlayer due to its lower surface free energy compared with that of PMMA and a well-defined macroscopic phase-separated structure was formed in the bulk phase. Also, in the case of the PS/PMMA thin film of 100 nm thickness, the phase-separated structure, in which the PMMA rich domains separated out of the PS rich matrix, formed at the film surface. The formation of the surface structure for the PS/PMMA thin film can be attributed to either the chain conformation or chain aggregation structure being frozen at the air - polymer interfacial region before the formation of a PS rich overlayer due to the fairly fast evaporation of solvent molecules. On the other hand, the two-dimensional PS/PMMA ultrathin film of 10.2 nm thickness did not show distinct phase-separated structure. When the film thickness became thinner than 10.2 nm, the two-dimensional PS/PMMA ultrathin film of 6.7 nm thickness showed fine and distinct phase-separated structure with the domain size of a few hundred nanometers. This structure can be designated as "mesoscopic phase-separated structure". The surface phase state for the two-dimensional PS/PMMA ultrathin films can be explained by the film thickness dependence of both the interaction parameter and the degree of entanglement among polymer chains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3232-3239
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecules
Volume29
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 22 1996

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Polystyrenes
Polymethyl Methacrylate
Polymethyl methacrylates
Surface structure
Film thickness
Phase structure
Ultrathin films
Polymers
Thin films
Photoelectrons
Air
Free energy
Conformations
Evaporation
Agglomeration
X rays
Molecules

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  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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Film thickness dependence of the surface structure of immiscible polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) blends. / Tanaka, Keiji; Takahara, Atsushi; Kajiyama, Tisato.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 29, No. 9, 22.04.1996, p. 3232-3239.

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