Key words Polymer melt
asymmetric diblock copolymer
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
Abstract The self-diffusion in a polystyrene-b-polyisoprene diblock copolymer with a strongly asymmetric composition was investigated with dependence on temperature by pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR. The diblock shows with decreasing temperature a disorder-to-order-transition at T ODT=393 K from a micellar liquid-like to a bcc ordered state which was recently measured by SAXS [M. Schwab and B. Stühn, Phys. Rev. Lett. (1996) 76: 924]. Two diffusivities were observed, one of the free diblock chains and one of the diblock chains fixed in micelles. The volume fraction of free chains decreases with decreasing temperature. The diffusivity of the free chains must be related to chain stretching. The experiments show that within the time of the NMR experiment (300 ms) there is no exchange between the diblock chains in the free state and those fixed in the core of the micelles.
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