Chapter 13. Theory

  1. Nikos Hadjichristidis,
  2. Stergios Pispas and
  3. George Floudas

Published Online: 4 MAR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471269808.ch13

Block Copolymers: Synthetic Strategies, Physical Properties, and Applications

Block Copolymers: Synthetic Strategies, Physical Properties, and Applications

How to Cite

Hadjichristidis, N., Pispas, S. and Floudas, G. (2002) Theory, in Block Copolymers: Synthetic Strategies, Physical Properties, and Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471269808.ch13

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 MAR 2003
  2. Published Print: 15 NOV 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471394365

Online ISBN: 9780471269809

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • structure factor;
  • weak segregation limit;
  • phase state;
  • strong segregation limit;
  • intermediate segregation limit;
  • self-consistent field theory;
  • constant mean curvature interfaces

Summary

Chapter 13 covers the theoretical background of block copolymer segregation. The starting point is the strong segregation theories that provide analytical expressions for the microdomain period and interfacial thickness. Next, the basic physics controlling block copolymer phase behavior at weak segregation, first introduced by Leibler, are discussed together with the disordered state structure factor. Non-classical phases observed at intermediate segregation and their theoretical understanding is provided through the self-consistent field theory.