In this paper we investigate in a systematic way the influence of polydispersity in the block lengths on the phase behavior of AB-multiblock copolymer melts. As model system we take a polydisperse multiblock copolymer for which both the A-blocks and the B-blocks satisfy a Schultz-Zimm distribution. In the limit of low polydispersity the expressions for the vertex functions are clarified by using simple physical arguments. For various values of the polydispersity the phase diagram is presented, which shows that the region of stability of the bcc phase increases considerably with increasing polydispersity. The strong dependence of the periodicity of the microstructure on the polydispersity and on the interaction strength is presented.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||European Physical Journal B : Condensed Matter and Complex Systems|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|