Effect of Grafting Density of Random Copolymer Brushes on Perpendicular Alignment in PS-b-PMMA Thin Films

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/625791
Title:
Effect of Grafting Density of Random Copolymer Brushes on Perpendicular Alignment in PS-b-PMMA Thin Films
Authors:
Lee, Wooseop; Park, Sungmin; Kim, Yeongsik; Sethuraman, Vaidyanathan; Rebello, Nathan; Ganesan, Venkat ( 0000-0003-3899-5843 ) ; Ryu, Du Yeol ( 0000-0002-0929-7934 )
Abstract:
We modulated the grafting density (σ) of a random copolymer brush of poly(styrene-r-methyl methacrylate) on substrates to probe its effect on the formation of perpendicularly aligned lamellae of polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA). Supported by coarse-grained simulation results, we hypothesized that an increase in σ will allow us to systematically tune the block copolymer interfacial interactions with the substrates from being preferential to one of the blocks to being neutral toward both blocks and will thereby facilitate enhanced regimes of perpendicularly aligned lamellae. We verified such a hypothesis by using a simple grafting-to approach to modify the substrates and characterized the thickness window for perpendicular lamellae as a function of brush thickness (or σ) on the grafted substrates using scanning force microscopy (SFM) images and grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) measurements. The experimental results validated our hypothesis and suggested that the σ of random copolymer brushes can be used as an additional versatile parameter to modulate the interfacial interactions and the resulting alignment of block copolymer films.
Citation:
Lee W, Park S, Kim Y, Sethuraman V, Rebello N, et al. (2017) Effect of Grafting Density of Random Copolymer Brushes on Perpendicular Alignment in PS-b-PMMA Thin Films. Macromolecules 50: 5858–5866. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00133.
Publisher:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Journal:
Macromolecules
Issue Date:
18-Jul-2017
DOI:
10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00133
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0024-9297; 1520-5835
Sponsors:
V.G. acknowledges funding in part by grants from the Robert A. Welch Foundation (Grant F1599), the National Science Foundation (DMR-1306844), and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (OSR-2016-CRG5-2993-1). Acknowledgment is also made to the Donors of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for partial support of this research (56715-ND9). D.Y.R. acknowledges funding by the NRF grants (2017R1A2A2A05001048, 2017R1A4A1014569) and funding (20163030013960) from the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE), Korea.
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dc.contributor.authorLee, Wooseopen
dc.contributor.authorPark, Sungminen
dc.contributor.authorKim, Yeongsiken
dc.contributor.authorSethuraman, Vaidyanathanen
dc.contributor.authorRebello, Nathanen
dc.contributor.authorGanesan, Venkaten
dc.contributor.authorRyu, Du Yeolen
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-04T14:59:16Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-04T14:59:16Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-18en
dc.identifier.citationLee W, Park S, Kim Y, Sethuraman V, Rebello N, et al. (2017) Effect of Grafting Density of Random Copolymer Brushes on Perpendicular Alignment in PS-b-PMMA Thin Films. Macromolecules 50: 5858–5866. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00133.en
dc.identifier.issn0024-9297en
dc.identifier.issn1520-5835en
dc.identifier.doi10.1021/acs.macromol.7b00133en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/625791-
dc.description.abstractWe modulated the grafting density (σ) of a random copolymer brush of poly(styrene-r-methyl methacrylate) on substrates to probe its effect on the formation of perpendicularly aligned lamellae of polystyrene-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA). Supported by coarse-grained simulation results, we hypothesized that an increase in σ will allow us to systematically tune the block copolymer interfacial interactions with the substrates from being preferential to one of the blocks to being neutral toward both blocks and will thereby facilitate enhanced regimes of perpendicularly aligned lamellae. We verified such a hypothesis by using a simple grafting-to approach to modify the substrates and characterized the thickness window for perpendicular lamellae as a function of brush thickness (or σ) on the grafted substrates using scanning force microscopy (SFM) images and grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS) measurements. The experimental results validated our hypothesis and suggested that the σ of random copolymer brushes can be used as an additional versatile parameter to modulate the interfacial interactions and the resulting alignment of block copolymer films.en
dc.description.sponsorshipV.G. acknowledges funding in part by grants from the Robert A. Welch Foundation (Grant F1599), the National Science Foundation (DMR-1306844), and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (OSR-2016-CRG5-2993-1). Acknowledgment is also made to the Donors of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for partial support of this research (56715-ND9). D.Y.R. acknowledges funding by the NRF grants (2017R1A2A2A05001048, 2017R1A4A1014569) and funding (20163030013960) from the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE), Korea.en
dc.publisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)en
dc.titleEffect of Grafting Density of Random Copolymer Brushes on Perpendicular Alignment in PS-b-PMMA Thin Filmsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalMacromoleculesen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03722, Koreaen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712, United Statesen
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