The relation between the microphase separation transition and the glass transition in diblock copolymers



The microphase separation transition (MST) has been studied for short chain diblock copolymers poly(styrene-b-isoprene) and poly(styrene-b-mma). A detailed analysis of small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) profiles in the homogeneous phase allows determination of the interaction parameter and the spinodal temperature Ts of the MST. Ts for the PS/PI diblocks is found to be lower than the glass transition temperature of their hard blocks. This results in a coupling of the MST and the glass transition. Using both structural (SAXS) and thermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) methods it is shown that an endothermal peak found in the DSC diagrams is related to the combined effect of the MST and the glass transition. © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.