Chinese Journal of Polymer Science

, Volume 32, Issue 5, pp 595–602

Monte Carlo simulation on layered polymeric films

  • Ru Xia
  • Xiang-song Wu
  • Peng Chen (陈鹏)
  • Jia-sheng Qian
  • Xiao-shuang Feng
Papers

DOI: 10.1007/s10118-014-1446-5

Cite this article as:
Xia, R., Wu, X., Chen, P. et al. Chin J Polym Sci (2014) 32: 595. doi:10.1007/s10118-014-1446-5

Abstract

Thin films of polymer blends composed of alternating copolymer, diblock copolymer and/or homopolymer are studied using Monte Carlo simulation. A multilayer morphology is observed in the film, that is, the blended polymers assemble into individual domains arranged from interior to the surfaces of the film. The coexisting components residing throughout the neighboring domains in the film make no distinguishable interface between any neighboring domains. By this means, it forms a vertical composition gradient in the polymeric film. Being different from layer-by-layer deposition of polyelectrolyte or hydrogen bonding approach etc., the layered structure in this study is formed by polymer blending in one step. Alternating copolymers are found to be essential components to form vertical composition gradient (layered structure) in thin films.

Keywords

Monte Carlo simulation Polymer blends Alternating copolymer Layered structure 

Supplementary material

10118_2014_1446_MOESM1_ESM.pdf (245 kb)
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Copyright information

© Chinese Chemical Society, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ru Xia
    • 1
  • Xiang-song Wu
    • 1
  • Peng Chen (陈鹏)
    • 1
  • Jia-sheng Qian
    • 1
  • Xiao-shuang Feng
    • 2
  1. 1.Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Environment-friendly Polymer Materials, School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringAnhui UniversityHefeiChina
  2. 2.Eco-Efficient Product & Process Laboratory (E2P2L), UMI 3464, Research & Innovation Center in Shanghai (RICS)Solvay (China) Co., Ltd.ShanghaiChina

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