Amplifying (im)perfection: the impact of crystallinity in discrete and disperse block co-oligomers

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Abstract

Crystallinity is seldomly utilized as part of the microphase segregation process in ultralow-molecular-weight block copolymers. Here, we show the preparation of two types of discrete, semicrystalline block co-oligomers, comprising an amorphous oligodimethylsiloxane block and a crystalline oligo-l-lactic acid or oligomethylene block. The self-assembly of these discrete materials results in lamellar structures with unforeseen uniformity in the domain spacing. A systematic introduction of dispersity reveals the extreme sensitivity of the microphase segregation process toward chain length dispersity in the crystalline block.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14869-14872
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume139
Issue number42
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2017

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