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Block-copolymer healing of simple defects in a chemoepitaxial template



Paul N. Patrone, Gregg M. Gallatin


Using a phase-field model of block copolymers (BCPs), we characterize how a chemoepitaxial template with parallel lines of arbitrary width affects the BCP microdomain shape. The model, which is an extension of the Leibler-Ohta-Kawasaki theory, accounts for the polymer-substrate and polymer-air interactions. We derive formulas for the monomer density and the microdomain interface profile of periodic, lamellar BCP melts whose template lines are wider than the bulk microdomain width. For such systems, our analysis (i) shows that mass conservation causes the microdomain interfaces to oscillate about their bulk positions and (ii) determines the length scale over which these oscillations decay away from the substrate.
SPIE Conference Proceedings


Patrone, P. and Gallatin, G. (2013), Block-copolymer healing of simple defects in a chemoepitaxial template, SPIE Conference Proceedings, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created April 11, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018