Changhuai Ye

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We demonstrate a simple route to directionally grow crystals of oligothiophenes, based on 2,5-bis(3-alkylthiophen-2-yl)thieno[3,2-b]thiophene with degrees of polymerization of 2 (BTTT-2) and 4 (BTTT-4) via zone annealing (ZA) of preseeded films. ZA of spun-cast films of BTTT-2 does not yield highly aligned crystals. However, if the film is oven-annealed(More)
The structure and mechanical properties of a novel block copolymer (BCP) system with T(g)'s for both segments exceeding 300 °C, poly(butylnorbornene)-block-poly(hydroxyhexafluoroisopropyl norbornene) (BuNB-b-HFANB), are investigated as a function of processing conditions used for solvent vapor annealing (SVA). Solvent selection impacts long-range order(More)
Nanoporous block copolymer thin films are fabricated by selective solvent swelling of the majority phase and subsequent rapid extraction with a miscible non-solvent (water). Selection of the initial solvent provides a facile route to tune the porosity of the films. Poly(butylnorbornene)-block-poly(hydroxyhexafluoroisopropyl norbornene) (BuHFA) is used to(More)
Bicontinuous mesoporous carbon films are fabricated by cooperative self-assembly of phenolic resin and amphiphilic triblock copolymer via an order-order transition from cylinders to gyroid. The film morphology is strongly influenced by the details of processing, including age of the resol, resol : template ratio, and the solvent vapor annealing process.
Crystal orientation in semi-crystalline polymers tends to enhance their performance, such as increased yield strength and modulus, along the orientation direction. Zone annealing (ZA) orients the crystal lamellae through a sharp temperature gradient that effectively directs the crystal growth, but the sweep rate (VZA) of this gradient significantly impacts(More)
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