This book focuses on recent advances in research on block copolymers, covering chemistry (synthesis), physics (phase behaviors, rheology, modeling), and applications (melts and solutions). Written by a team of internationally respected scientists from industry and academia, this text compiles and reviews the expanse of research that has taken place over the last five years into one accessible resource. Ian Hamley is the world-leading scientist in the field of block copolymer research. The book presents the recent advances in the area, covering chemistry, physics and applications. It provides a broad coverage from synthesis to fundamental physics through to applications. It examines the potential of block copolymers in nanotechnology as self-assembling soft materials.
List of Contributors.Preface.1. Introduction to Block Copolymers (Ian W. Hamley).2. Recent Developments in Synthesis of Model Block Copolymers using Ionic Polymerisation (Kristoffer Almdal).3. Syntheses and Characterizations of Block Copolymers Prepared via Controlled Radical Polymerization Methods (Pan Cai-yuan and Hong Chun-yan).4. Melt Behaviour of Block Copolymers (Shinichi Sakurai, Shigeru Okamoto and Kazuo Sakurai).5. Phase Behavior of Block Copolymer Blends (Richard J. Spontak and Nikunj P. Patel).6. Crystallization within Block Copolymer Mesophases (Yueh-Lin Loo and Richard A. Register).7. Dynamical Microphase Modelling with Mesodyn (JG.E.M. Fraaije, G.J.A. Sevink and A.V. Zvelindovsky).8. Self-consistent Field Theory of Block Copolymers (An-Chang Shi).9. Lithography with Self-assembled Block Copolymer Microdomains (Christopher Harrison, John A. Dagata and Douglas H. Adamson).10. Applications of Block Copolymer Surfactants (Michael W. Edens and Robert H. Whitmarsh).11. The Development of Elastomers Based on Fully Hydrogenated Styrene-Diene Block Copolymers (Calvin P. Esneault, Stephen F. Hahn and Gregory F. Meyers).Index.