(192a) Stabilizing Network Phases By Blending of LAM and Cyl Forming High-? Block Oligomers
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2022 - 3:30pm to 3:45pm
Molecular dynamics simulations are used to study binary blends of an AB-type diblock and an AB2-type miktoarm triblock amphiphiles (also known as high-Ï block oligomers) consisting of sugar-based (A) and hydrocarbon (B) blocks. In their pure form, the AB diblock and AB2 triblock amphiphiles can self-assemble into ordered lamellar (LAM) and cylindrical (CYL) structures, respectively. At intermediate compositions, however, the AB2-rich blend (0.2 â¤ xAB â¤0.4) forms a double gyroid (DG) network, whereas perforated lamellae (PL) are observed in the AB-rich blend (0.5 â¤ xAB â¤0.8). All of the ordered mesophases present domain pitches under 3 nm, with 1 nm feature sizes for the polar domains. Structural analyses reveal that the non-uniform interfacial curvatures of DG and PL structures are supported by local composition variations of the LAM and CYL forming amphiphiles and differences in the packing of neighboring tail groups. This work provides molecular-level insights into how blending of shape-filling molecular architectures enables network phase formation with extremely small feature sizes over a wide composition range.