Nanocomposite characterization on multiple length scales using microSAXS

R. Li, S. Cornaby, M.M.G. Kamperman, D.M. Smilgies

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Abstract

Nanocomposites have great potential for the rational synthesis of tailored materials. However, the templating process that transfers the self-organized nanostructure of a block copolymer or other mesophase onto the functional material is by no means trivial, and often involves multiple steps, each of which presents its own chemical and physical challenges. As a result the nanocomposite may not be homogeneous, but can be phase-separated into various components which may feature their own specific microstructure. Here it is shown how scanning microbeam small-angle X-ray scattering (µSAXS) can be used to characterize a thermoset resol/poly(isoprene-block-ethylene oxide) nanocomposite on multiple length scales with respect to homogeneity and microphase separation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-701
JournalJournal of Synchrotron Radiation
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • block-copolymer nanocomposites
  • diblock copolymer
  • resin
  • polymers
  • optics

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