Periodic area-minimizing surfaces in block copolymers

  title={Periodic area-minimizing surfaces in block copolymers},
  author={Edwin L. Thomas and David M. Anderson and Chris S. Henkee and David Hoffman},
An A/B block copolymer consists of two macromolecules bonded together. In forming an equilibrium structure, such a material may separate into distinct phases, creating domains of component A and component B. A dominant factor in the determination of the domain morphology is area-minimization of the intermaterial surface, subject to fixed volume fraction. Surfaces that satisfy this mathematical condition are said to have constant mean curvature (CMC). The geometry of such surfaces strongly… CONTINUE READING


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