Popout transitions in weakly stretched single-chain multi-block copolymers in poor solvents
Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University - Canberra A.C.T. 0200, Australia
Accepted: 3 August 2011
We show that weakly stretched single-chain multi-block copolymers in poor solvents experience sudden changes in the number of domains when the end-to-end elongation distance of the chain is changed. The simplest symmetric transition of this type, occurring for a four-block copolymer, is analyzed using self-consistent field theory (SCFT) simulations and a simple free-energy model. The very simple model provides a surprisingly good description of the critical elongation at which the transition occurs as a function of the polymer characteristics.
PACS: 36.20.-r – Macromolecules and polymer molecules / 82.35.Lr – Physical properties of polymers
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